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As one of the nation's largest social service and mental health agencies, JBFCS prides itself on the exceptional continuum of care that its network of services provides to New Yorkers. In the area of family violence prevention, the agency offers a continuum of services to families at different stages of abuse?from the family-at-risk, which may experience or has experienced domestic violence, to battered victims who need to leave home and find a safer shelter. Our programs serve all ethnic, economic, and religious groups in New York and all ages
The non-sectarian Doula to Accompany and Comfort Program trains Doula volunteers who provide companionship and comfort for people whose life expectancy is 18 months or less. Doulas serve those who have limited support from family and friends. When approaching death, people often experience fear, loneliness and isolation. Well-prepared Doulas, working with one person at a time, can minimize the sense of isolation, provide emotional comfort, assist with practical concerns and advocate on behalf of people with life limiting illness.
Volunteers are called "Doulas," using the analogy of companions for women in childbirth. There are similarities between the sensitive care required at birth and approaching death.
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