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The Nurture Program

About the Nurture 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  parents and their families. 

New Parent Support

Our Nurture Program volunteers are carefully selected and trained to provide non-judgmental emotional support, offer practical assistance, and to share community resources. Support varies based on each unique family’s needs and could include companionship, light housework, fixing a snack, or being there for the baby when a parent naps, all with the goal of helping them feel seen, connected, and cared for during this important time.

Available to Any Parent

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.