Jewish Family and Community Services
There are many support and counseling options facilitated by Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS).
JFCS continues to offer support to the community.
FIND THE COUNSELLING SERVICES YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES NEED AT jfcspgh.org/community support/.
“Others’ experience has shown us that healing from trauma may take years”
As time moves on, our needs change. JFCS offers the following free sessions to anyone in the community who needs help:
- Ongoing General Support
- How to reduce stress in difficult times
- Supporting someone through the unexpected
- Working through trauma with breathing techniques
- Coping with grief through music therapy
- How to move from grief to peace
- I’m still not sleeping – what do I do?
Individual counseling is available at JFCS by appointment. Call 412-422-7200.
For support options offered at Jewish Community Center (JCC) of the South Hills call 412-278-1975 for more information.
JFCS staff have also been working with Jewish Day schools, the Public School System, local synagogues, organizations and groups. If your community, organization or agency needs extra support, please be in touch.
“We’ve learned from the sad experiences of other shootings that trauma affects people differently, and recovery is an individual experience. So we are trying to provide a variety of healing activities in hopes that everyone who needs help can find the right help for them. JFCS is planning to continue assessing neighborhood needs and providing accessible care to all members of the community. Whether you are a direct survivor or just a resident whose sense of security has become a source of anxiety, reach out. We’re here."
~ Stefanie Small, Clinical Director of JFCS counseling Services
Center for Victims
October 27th Synagogue Shooting Therapy and Support Groups are available.
To speak to someone immediately, help is available 24/7 from the Center For Victims Hotline at 1-866-644-2882.
Center for Victims is a designated community crisis support organization for Allegheny County. All services are 100% free and confidential. Visit CenterforVictims.org.
Facing Financial Need?
During this difficult time, no one should be further distressed by finances. JFunds' network of Jewish financial support services may be able to help you find a solution. Visit www.jfundspgh.org.
Talking to your college age kids at the holidays
Jewish Family and Community Services wants to give you the tools for speaking with your college aged children about the attack while they are home for the holidays.
"Our hopes for a happy and warm holiday can still be achieved if we anticipate and prepare for our children’s needs to experience and express their grief, confusion and loss in light of the Tree of Life tragedy."
Tri-State Canine Response Team
Tri-State Canine Response Team is a non-profit organization, serving NJ, PA, and DE, which is dedicated to providing certified and trained handler/dog teams for Animal Assisted Activities, Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Crisis Response Teams to children, families, neighborhoods, and communities that are in crisis, and also support First Responders, providing emotional support and aid. Teams will comfort victims of disaster, catastrophe, or violence fostering resilience and self-efficacy.