Support Groups @ the JCC

There is no need to struggle alone with the challenges life throws your way. We’re here to support you by helping you find the resources you need.


EXPLORE THE SUPPORT PROGRAMS WE OFFER HERE AT THE JCC:

  • For Parents, Families, and Friends of LGBTQ People
  • For Parents of Children and Adults of All Ages with Special Needs
  • For Seniors
  • For People with Cancer or Parkinson's Disease and Their Families
  • For Adoption Support


SUPPORT FOR THOSE RECENTLY SEPARATED OR DIVORCED

Please check the website (search for "divorce") for upcoming programs on relevant topics relating to separation and divorce.


JEWISH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Call our colleagues at the Shira Ruskay Center of the Jewish Board (JBFCS) at 212.632.4608 for information about bereavement support programs. For information about support for Jewish survivors of a close one’s suicide, call Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, CSW, at 212.632.4770.


DEALING WITH ILLNESS

The JCC has ongoing special fitness and wellness programs for those coping with cancer and Parkinson’s.


DE-STRESSING IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Daily facilitated meditation sessions, eight-week classes in MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), other related health and wellness programming to help you get through life’s challenges.  Visit our Wellness and Makom sections for more information.


JOB-LOSS SUPPORT

UJA-Federation of New York’s Connect to Care program can help. Call 212.632.4602 or visit jbfcs.org/connect-to-care.


MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Individual, family, and group counseling during daytime and evening hours under the auspices of JBFCS. Call 646.505.4488 for an appointment.
 



COUNSELING FOR PARENTS OF THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan offers support groups, programs, and resources designed to help individuals and families deal constructively with the range of challenges they face. The combined expertise of the facilitators and personal experiences of the participants provide resources, networking, strategies, therapy options, emotional support, and community.

  • SibFun
  • Support Groups
  • Programs for Parents and Professionals
  • Parent 2 Parent Resource Center
  • Assistive Technology


SIBFUN

If you have a sibling with a disability, you might feel like the only one. SibFun is a group where kids come  to connect about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability, while playing games and making new friends. A brief intake is conducted prior to registration to ensure optimal group composition.

Please contact Rachel Shuman at rshuman@jccmanhattan.org for more information.


SUPPORT GROUPS

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan offers a range of support groups designed to help individuals and families deal constructively with the range of challenges they face. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the personal experiences of the participants provide community, resources, networking, strategies, therapy options, and emotional support.

Groups include:

  • Fathers Talk: A Group for Fathers of Children with Developmental Delays
  • Parents of Children with Developmental Delays
  • Parents of Teens with Developmental Delays, LD, or ADHD
  • Parents of Adults with Developmental Delays, LD, or ADHD

Click here to view a list of available support groups. Hannah Kaplan-Cohen, life skills coach and parenting expert, who is skilled at working with young adults and families, runs the groups. Registration is ongoing. Limited scholarships are available.

For additional information and a brief intake, please contact Hannah Kaplan-Cohen at hcohen@jccmanhattan.org or 646.505.4460.


PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

We offer a rich and informative series of lectures, workshops, and panels with renowned attorneys, authors, doctors, therapists, and experts. Please email or call Hannah Kaplan-Cohen at hcohen@jccmanhattan.org or 646.505.4460 for additional information. Click here to view upcoming programs.


​​​​​ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

In collaboration with Mark Surabian of ATHelp.org, the JCC is committed to providing guidance to children and adults on the use of Assistive Technologies (AT) to address learning, communication, vision, and physical challenges. We offer free one-hour consultations, training, and support for AT apps, software, and hardware solutions for school, leisure, and the workplace. AT consultations are available on select Tuesdays and Sundays, by appointment only. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Mark Surabian at ATHelp@me.com.

For more information on counseling for families of those with special needs, please email Hannah Kaplan-Cohen, Director of Special Needs Parenting and Support Programs, or call 646.505.4460.

Support programs are funded by the City Council of New York.

Family support programs are made possible, in part, with support from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Council Autism Initiative, and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. ATHelp is made possible with generous support from the Omer Foundation and the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation.