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3 Calls for Action to Fight Food Insecurity

In the heart of our vibrant community here in Rochester lies a struggle that affects thousands of families every day: food insecurity. Read more for three actionable steps you can take to combat food insecurity and build a more resilient community for all.

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Empowering Communities Through Place-Based Care

Across the nation, place-based interventions have gained traction as a promising approach to human services. Research indicates that such initiatives not only improve access to support and resources but also foster social cohesion, reduce disparities, and enhance overall community well-being.

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A Cozy Winter Reading List for Kids

In the chill of winter, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up with a good book. Fostering a love for reading knows no bounds. This list, carefully curated by the Library Volunteer at Pencils & Paper, embraces the joy of childhood reading. As children explore these books, they not only embark on literary adventures but also encounter characters and experiences mirroring their own lives.

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Family Counseling

The Counseling Center at JFS offers family counseling services to provide support and guidance to families facing various challenges. Our experienced therapists work with families to improve communication, build stronger relationships, and navigate difficult situations together.

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Child & Adolescent Counseling

The Counseling Center at JFS Rochester offers child and adolescent counseling services using evidence-based models like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address a range of mental health concerns in young people. Our experienced therapists provide a safe and supportive environment for children and adolescents to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop effective coping skills to improve their emotional wellbeing.

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Play Therapy

Our registered play therapist provides an intervention for children as young as three that is proven to disrupt negative patterns and build positive coping strategies.

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Parenting Support

The Counseling Center at JFS offers support for parents with children of all ages including counseling and peer support programs.

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SPACE

SPACE – Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions – helps parents understand and support their child who is experiencing anxiety, while also taking care of their own emotional needs. The treatment focuses on the idea that when parents can manage their own reactions, they are better equipped to help their child.

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Nurture Program

The Nurture Program at JFS brings the community together by matching volunteers with parents during the first year of their baby’s life. Volunteers are trained and supervised to support parents who are adjusting to parenthood, feeling isolated, or overwhelmed.

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School & Childcare Counseling Support

The Counseling Center at JFS includes on-site counseling to meet the social, emotional, developmental, and mental health needs of children and youth at Jewish Day schools, religious schools, and Jewish child carecenters.

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