Support & Counseling

If you need help, support, a place to connect or just a listening ear, here are an array of service options:

1. Beginning the week of 11/26 through 1/8, We will have 3 support groups running at the same time, 1 for teens, 1 community during the day and 1 community for evening.

• Teens at the JCC - contact for information Chris Herman cherman@jccpgh.org 412-339-5395 "2nd floor" at the JCC - This discussion group is available to all teens. Teens can come to any session or numerous sessions, whatever they prefer. Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm Facilitator: Heather Ufberg, PsyD

•Community support - contact for registration - Scarlet McNeal smcneal@jfcspgh.org or 412-904-5969 Room 314 at the JCC Tuesdays 5:30-7 pm Facilitator: staff from Center for Victims. This psychoeducation curriculum based support group will take place over 5 sessions. You must register to attend this group.

• Community Support - contact for registration - Scarlet McNeal smcneal@jfcspgh.org or 412-904-5969 Room 313 at the JCC 11:30-1 pm Wednesdays Facilitator: Amy Lohr. LCSW This closed discussion based group will take place over 5 sessions. You must register to attend this group.

2. Call the Pittsburgh Rape Crisis center's "warm-line" to speak to a helpline counselor day or night 24/7 (1-866-363-7273 - when prompted press 2).

3. Individual counseling is available at JFCS by appointment. Call 412-422-7200.

JFCS staff have 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 412-422-7200.

Update: Click below for more details on the upcoming support schedule.

New Support Group Info

We are devastated by the attack on our community

We are devastated by the attack on our friends and neighbors at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, Dor Hadash, and New Light. The loss to our community is incalculable. Our hearts and prayers are with the congregations and all those affected by this senseless act of violence. We pray for the wounded and for the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

In the 81 years JFCS has served our beloved Squirrel Hill and surrounding communities, all our work has been directed at improving the lives of all who live here, encouraging self-sufficiency, fostering inclusion, and making our community a better place to live. While the tragic mark of the attack will be felt forever, JFCS will be here for you, whoever you are, in the days, months and years ahead.

We are devastated by the attack on our community