Peer and Emotional Support Programs

Peer and Emotional Support Programs

The transition from ultra-Orthodox life to mainstream society can be daunting. Sometimes it helps to have someone with whom to talk. We are not a mental health agency, but staff members are available to meet one-on-one. We can also refer you to counseling or mental health services if that is what you are looking for.

Our peer support programs are designed to give members the chance to get to know one another as well as to learn new skills and information about the secular world.

See our calendar for upcoming dates

Drop-In Group

A group for meeting new people, making friends, and discussing issues.

When: First and Third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
Who can attend: Any Footsteps member

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A group for new Footsteps members who are at the initial stage of exploring life in the secular world.

When: Weekly for a six- to eight-week period. This is a closed group and you must register
Who can attend: New members

Rockland Drop-In Group

A support group for people in and near Rockland County, New York.

When: First, Second, and Third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
Who can participate: Any member

Dating, Relationship and Sexuality Group

Facilitated by two Footsteps volunteers ‘“ one male, one female ‘“ these workshops are designed to help participants learn about the dating and relationship norms in secular society. Each meeting follows a theme and participants are encouraged to ask questions.

When: Monthly. Please check the calendar for the exact day and time.
Who can attend: Any member

Just Stop In

Footsteps’ program center ‘“ a.k.a. The Space ‘“ is open to members who would like to relax, socialize, and use our computer lab. The Space is open from 4pm-10pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Additional Programming

Check the calendar for additional programs, including workshops, classes, social gatherings, and more. If there is an event you would like to suggest or a class you would like to give, please let us know.