Jewish Family and Community Services

Jewish Family and Community Services

There are many support and counseling options facilitated by Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS).


“Others’ experience has shown us that healing from trauma may take years.”

As time moves on, our needs change. JFCS offers the following free sessions to anyone in the community who needs help:

  • Ongoing General Support
  • How to reduce stress in difficult times
  • Supporting someone through the unexpected
  • Working through trauma with breathing techniques
  • Coping with grief through music therapy
  • How to move from grief to peace
  • I’m still not sleeping – what do I do?

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

For support options offered at Jewish Community Center (JCC) of the South Hills call 412-278-1975 for more information.

JFCS staff have also 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.

“We’ve learned from the sad experiences of other shootings that trauma affects people differently, and recovery is an individual experience. So we are trying to provide a variety of healing activities in hopes that everyone who needs help can find the right help for them. JFCS is planning to continue assessing neighborhood needs and providing accessible care to all members of the community. Whether you are a direct survivor or just a resident whose sense of security has become a source of anxiety, reach out. We’re here.”

~ Stefanie Small, Clinical Director of JFCS counseling Services

Center for Victims

Center for Victims

October 27th Synagogue Shooting Therapy and Support Groups are available.

To speak to someone immediately, help is available 24/7 from the Center For Victims Hotline at 1-866-644-2882.

Center for Victims is a designated community crisis support organization for Allegheny County. All services are 100% free and confidential. Visit

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line

Text “HOME” to 741741 to be connected immediately with a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.


Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Call the PAAR crisis center’s “warm-line” to speak to a helpline counselor day or night 24/7 (1-866-363-7273 – when prompted press 2).


Tri-State Canine Response Team

Tri-State Canine Response Team

Tri-State Canine Response Team is a non-profit organization, serving NJ, PA, and DE, which is dedicated to providing certified and trained handler/dog teams for Animal Assisted Activities, Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Crisis Response Teams to children, families, neighborhoods, and communities that are in crisis, and also support First Responders, providing emotional support and aid. Teams will comfort victims of disaster, catastrophe, or violence fostering resilience and self-efficacy.

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