Looking to learn more about JFS Community Programs? These offerings can help.

JFS program staff offer one-time and ongoing Community based programs and workshops on life’s issues and challenges ranging from counseling, to parenting and caregiver concerns. Community programs connect people to information and education that help them adapt to change, reach their maximum potential and lead fulfilled lives.

Baby Safe Sleep

Baby Safe Sleep Coalition is a community wide education program committed to eliminating preventable infant fatalities caused by unsafe sleep practices in Monroe County.

Between 2007 and 2011, in Monroe County, 42 infants under twelve months of age died after being placed in an unsafe sleeping environment. The babies were sleeping in a position or a place where their breathing became obstructed and they were too young to be able to move away. JFS is partnering with the Baby Safe Sleep Coalition to educate parents about the importance of babies sleeping by themselves, on their backs in a crib without blankets, toys, pillows or bumpers. Our goal is to reduce and, even eliminate these tragic deaths by increasing community awareness so that all babies are put to sleep in a safe, risk-free environment.


To find out more about Baby Safe Sleep, call (585) 461-0110 ext. 149. Visit their website at

Safe Crib Project

The Safe Crib Project was established in 1993 to meet the need of impoverished families of newborns for safe, high-quality cribs.

The members of the Safe Crib Project are all volunteers and includes representatives from Anthony Jordan Health Center, Baby Love Program of the Strong Health Social Work Division, Family Resource Centers of Rochester, Nurse Family Partnership and P.A.T. Perinatal Health Program.

Cribs are provided to those who demonstrate a need and are participating in the above programs. All include a home visiting component with safe sleep education. The project solicits funds annually from various corporations, churches, synagogues and community organizations. The project has begun fundraising efforts to purchase cribs to be distributed in 2014. For more information or to make a donation, call (585) 461-0110 ext. 149.


Parenting Village

Parenting Village fosters the health and well-being of children and families in the Rochester area by providing support and connection to all families via the following programs:

  • Nurture – a home-based peer support program for families with babies. Volunteers visit parents/caregivers in their homes and offer support over three months. Support varies among families and may include for example: providing a listening ear, help holding the baby, fixing a snack, or sorting laundry.
  • Circles – professionally-facilitated drop-in supportive groups for parents/caregivers. We currently offer the following Circles: Baby/Toddler (parents/caregivers of children 0-3 years), Out of the Blue (mothers experiencing challenges during the perinatal period), Life After NICU (parents/caregivers of children who have been in neonatal intensive care) and School-Age (parents/caregivers of children ages 4-10).
  • Connection – an annual family festival connecting families with local resources; and community gatherings that bring families together to decrease isolation and increase support.

At Parenting Village, we believe supported parents are parents at their best and that it truly takes a village to raise a child.


To find out more about Parenting Village, please visit their website at or contact Shawna Peterson, Volunteer Coordinator
(585) 270-1832