Who is Sarah?
What or Who is Sarah?
Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home) is the statewide program of Jewish Family Service & Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic (JFS) developed to be a resource for community members affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. Therapy, support groups, vocational consultations, and case management are some of the various forms of services offered to clients. These are provided to anyone in New Jersey, who previously or currently finds themselves in a high conflict relationship or is feeling confused about marriage, dating, family, or other interpersonal interactions. Confidentiality and anonymity are valued and strictly upheld.
Our dedicated therapists strive to help individuals develop more clarity regarding how to achieve a healthier and safer relationship by safety planning, looking at options available, processing trauma, or just having a confidential place to talk. One of our clients shared, “As great as having family or friends to listen to you is, sometimes it can be too painful or hard to talk to them. Having a therapist who knows you and is there to listen and help is so empowering.”
Project S.A.R.A.H. also offers group sessions to provide individuals a supportive and safe environment to connect with others with similar experiences and to diminish feelings of being alone. One group participant expressed, “Our group facilitators showed so much devotion and commitment. The care is obvious and truly what we women need right now. The topics are picked for our needs and are about the daily struggles we face.”
With the changes due to the COVID pandemic, all of Project S.A.R.A.H.’s work has moved online. Client sessions and community presentations have been facilitated over Zoom. After seeing the success of the Zoom groups, and noting the additional stress experienced during the pandemic for those who were sexually abused when they were children, Project S.A.R.A.H. created an additional therapeutic support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This group provides education and support to promote healing, hope, and comfort to those affected.
Another vital aspect of Project S.A.R.A.H.’s work is that of prevention and community awareness. This year, we have expanded our outreach to present training and information for kallah teachers, mikvah attendants, camp staff, youth group leaders, teachers, parents, and students via Zoom webinars and meetings. This year’s “Many Voices, One Message” campaign increased the numbers of rabbinic and community leaders who stepped forward to help spread the message that abuse is not tolerated in our community which wholeheartedly supports those affected by it.
Especially in these challenging and uncertain times, Project S.A.R.A.H. is here for the community and for you. For more information about any of our programs, please visit projectsarah.org or call us at 973-777-7638 x643.
Shira Pomrantz, LCSW
Director, Project S.A.R.A.H.