Support Groups / Sessions

Our support groups / sessions offer an opportunity to share your thoughts with others and learn important coping skills.

Attending a support group / session can provide you with a chance to be with people who have a common purpose and are likely to understand one another. A professional facilitates as you share your thoughts with peers.  As COVID-19 creates challenges in our world, continued recovery becomes more difficult to implement in our day-to-day lives. Jewish Family Service Houston's (JFS) structured support groups focus on providing knowledge and tools to improve your coping skills and ability to self-care.

Our list of support groups/sessions changes as the needs in the community change, so be sure to check the schedule for the most current groups offered. All groups are free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

JFS Houston welcomes all racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds and is a safe place for all gender expressions and sexual orientations.

Due to the pandemic, all of our support groups are being delivered remotely.

We provide:
  • A safe space to connect
  • An opportunity to share your thoughts with peers
  • An environment of understanding
  • A professional facilitator in each group

Free Virtual Support Groups/Sessions

Internet Support Sessions

Free to everyone
  • Take advantage of FREE internet support sessions via our HIPAA-compliant Zoom conference calls Monday through Friday.
  • These one-hour support sessions are designed to provide a safe and supportive virtual environment for participants to connect, learn, comfort, support and socialize to promote our psychological health during this stressful time.
  • All sessions are being facilitated by a rotation of licensed clinicians or master's-level clinical intern students under supervision.

Women's Group

Adult women
  • Meetings: Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Topics covered: healthy habits, interesting hobbies, self-care, building supportive relationships, maintaining physical and mental health

Men's Group

Men age 55+
  • Telehealth AND in-person meetings: Mondays, 1:00 -2:00 PM
  • Topics Covered: healthy habits, interesting hobbies, self-care, building supportive relationships, maintaining physical and mental health

Children's Group

Upper Elementary
  • Groups are held at various times throughout the year.
  • Participants connect with peers while learning self-growth, self-care and social skills.

High School Group

High School
  • Groups are held at various times throughout the year.
  • Teens discuss their new normal and engage in activities together
  • Topics covered: increasing social connections, positive communication skills, increasing self esteem, learning to manage conflict, navigating academic challenges and discussing family dynamics and conflict

Middle School Group

Middle School Age
  • Groups are held at various times throughout the year.
  • Participants find support with other tweens while learning coping skills and making friends.


Adults whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking
  • Meetings: Wednesdays 6:45-7:45 PM
  • By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

*Currently, due to COVID, AlAnon meetings are held virtually.

Common Questions about Support Groups/Sessions

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