Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) has provided programs and services to the local community, offering assistance to people of all ages and backgrounds when they face difficulties in their lives.

One such service is evidence-based psychotherapy designed to help individuals, couples, children, and teenagers develop better coping skills and assist them in leading happier, more productive lives. Toward this end, JFCS’s licensed clinical social workers have assisted parents who are struggling to help their children develop more confidence and become less anxious or depressed. They have helped couples whose marriages may be stagnant or on the brink of divorce. The agency’s counselors have supported adult children who are sandwiched between the increasing demands of aging parents and dependent children and experiencing undo stress.

“I see more and more people on a daily basis, folks like you and me, who are holding down jobs and raising families but are not feeling connected or like they matter,” said Andrea LoPresti, director of clinical cervices at JFCS. “After just a few sessions, clients are able to start working on practical solutions to these problems, reconnect with themselves and others, and begin to thrive again.”

For more than 78 years, JFCS has made services accessible to individuals and families. The agency has an affordable sliding fee scale structure and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances. Counseling and other services are offered Monday through Friday, with evening hours Monday through Wednesday.

“During the holiday season, there’s an emphasis on being joyful, but for those who are struggling with life’s demands, feeling depressed, or coping with serious family or health issues, it only increases their feeling of being alone,” said Linda Meisel, executive director of JFCS of Greater Mercer County. “At JFCS our experienced professional therapists can help create a more realistic picture of life.”

In addition to one-on-one counseling, JFCS offers bereavement, caregiver, social skills, and parenting groups, as well as educational programs. Other services include information and referral, the Kosher Food Pantry, and emergency financial assistance. The agency serves older adults through programs such as Kosher Meals on Wheels, Kosher Cafes, the Holocaust Survivors Program, and Secure@Home, a care management program to promote aging in place.

The Jewish Community Youth Foundation and Gesher LeKesher make up the agency’s teen programs. Nearly 200 active volunteers give their time to the agency by delivering meals to the homebound, stocking the food pantry, assisting seniors with chores, and more.

For more information contact JFCS at 609-987-8100 or info@jfcsonline.org.

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