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The Nurture Program

About the Program

The Nurture Program at JFS is  a free, home-based, peer support program for families with babies in the Rochester area. Parenting peer support programs, like The Nurture Program, are based on national evidence-based models. These models have shown that peer support can improve the mental health and well-being of new parents and their families. Just knowing that other parents have coped with anxiety and stress can be reassuring for new parents.

Our Nurture Program volunteers are carefully selected and undergo extensive training to provide non-judgmental emotional support, practical assistance, and guidance to new parents. Volunteers offer a range of support services, including infant care education, light housework, and companionship, all with the goal of helping parents feel more confident and less isolated during this important time.

The Nurture Program at JFS is available to all parents in Monroe County, regardless of their socioeconomic status. The program represents the continuum of support JFS Rochester provides through proactive, preventative services informed by principals of infant mental health. We believe that every parent deserves access to support and resources during this critical time in their life and The Nurture Program aims to create a caring community where parents feel supported, connected, and nurtured.


Are you a soon-to-be parent or currently adjusting to life with a new baby? Would you like to feel supported by and connected to others in your community?  

Call or text Shawna Peterson, JFS Nurture Coordinator, at (585) 380-6082 or complete an interest form to learn more.