Peer Support Group for Veterans Launched in Morris Township, Feb. 3
From NewBridge Services:
Veteran Peer Support Group started by NewBridge, Morris County
NewBridge Services and the Morris County Veterans Services Office are launching a bi-monthly veteran peer support group on February 3, 2022.
NewBridge Advisor and Veteran Tim Slavin lead the group. It will meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Participation is free for all veterans, regardless of length of service or discharge status. It offers facilitated and guided conversation between veterans to aid in healing and recovery.
Veterans who have been in combat or separated from their families for long periods of time may experience additional stressors.
“A peer support group for veterans is a way to come together to share stories about the stressors of deployment and the impact that stress has had on their lives,” said NewBridge’s CEO. Michelle Borden noted. “It helps to forge bonds of hope, recovery and support and to know that they are not alone.”
The Veterans Peer Support Group is one of three initiatives approved by the Morris County Board of Commissioners in September. Commissioner John Kricusa US Marine Corps veteran, recommended them.
Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act will cover the costs. The county also offers support councils for veterans and their families, as well as veterans’ roundtables and other social events.
Krickus said in September that he wanted veterans, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, “to know that not only do we honor their service on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but that we are here. to support you every day of the year”.
The NewBridge Veterans Peer Support Group will meet at the Morris County Veterans Services Office, 540 West Hanover Ave. in Morris Township. The entrance is at the back of the Morris View Healthcare Center. For more information and to register, contact NewBridge Services at 973-316-9333 or email here.
NewBridge Services is a leading provider of counseling, housing, and educational programs in Northern New Jersey, helping thousands of children, adults, and seniors each year. A 501c(3) nonprofit organization, NewBridge treats mental illness and addictions; teaches skills for coping with stress, grief, and difficult relationships; helps children who have been abused and neglected — and their families — heal; builds and manages affordable housing; offers school programs that teach children and teens resilience skills for healthy emotional development; helps young adults succeed in their studies and prepare for their careers; and supports the elderly so that they can remain independent. Throughout its 59-year history, NewBridge has remained true to its mission to balance people’s lives by tracking the changing needs of communities and delivering innovative and effective programs to meet them.