Community Connection

Connecting People Living with Disabilities

Opening doors for clients living with a disability

Those living with disabilities may face challenges that are common to many—the loss of parents, financial struggles, or trying to find a place in the community.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia offer programs that serve this population and their families with dignity, respect, and partnership.  JFCS makes it possible for those living with a disability to enjoy activities and make connections they never thought possible. From Broadway trips to Hanukkah celebrations, JFCS opens doors to friendships, support, and community.

Connecting People Living With Disabilities

We enrich lives and help build esteem by connecting people living with disabilities and their families with:

  • Support groups
  • Opportunities for socialization
  • Events and outings that provide education, cultural experiences, recreation, life skills enhancement, and emotional support
  • Nurturing environment that is inclusive and encourages friendships

We offer

Teen Network (ages 14-19): allows members to enhance and practice skills needed to confidently build connections with others. The group includes social skills workshops followed by cultural and educational trips where participants can incorporate what they’ve learned while having a fun, social experience.

The Network (ages 19-65): offers cultural and educational group outings, events, and celebrations.  The Network also provides educational workshops that focus on the enhancement of life skills and healthy living.

SPICE (Social, Peer, Interaction, Community, and Education for adults): meets for five consecutive evening sessions in both the spring and fall. Each session has an educational and recreational component, and focuses on increasing healthy living awareness and enhancing life skills while having fun, socializing and learning.

In-JOY (Inclusive Jewish Occasions Year-round for adults):  provides inclusive community holiday celebrations for adults with disabilities and their families and friends throughout the year.

Parent Support and Educational Groups: provides support for the difficulties associated with caring for children with special needs. Parents and other caregivers often experience anxiety, acute depression, stigma, and isolation as they struggle to adequately care for and provide a future for their children. Professionally-facilitated support groups allow parents to discuss shared concerns with their peers and discover new strengths while maintaining their own well-being.