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Research made by the Jewish Seniors’ Alliance of Greater Vancouver (JSA) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver have identified an essential need for affordable and accessible Peer Support Services for Jewish seniors.
Based on these findings, JSA initiated several supportive yet distinct peer services for seniors all of which rest on the premises of self empowerment, volunteerism and Seniors Helping Seniors.

Peer Counseling


JSA provides several Senior Peer Support training courses per year. Upon successfully completing 55 hours of intensive training, the graduates receive a Certified Senior Peer Support Certificate.

Friendly Phone Calls


Loneliness and social isolation are serious problems for many individuals and are especially prevalent within the senior population.

Friendly Home Visits


This program involves especially trained senior volunteers who make regularly scheduled visits to seniors that are shut-in, frail or socially isolated.

Info Line


A first entry phone call for Information-Referral, manned by trained staff who have access to a comprehensive database. FIND OUT MORE...


Find out what’s new with Peer Support Services. Learn when the next training group begins and how you can get involved.



Find out what the recipients of Peer Support Services are saying about the services they are receiving. Get to know the peer support volunteers and friendly visitors.


Read about the Graduation Ceremonies and get to know more about the Peer Support or Friendly Visitor programs.

Grief is a difficult and emotional journey of pain, loneliness and isolation. Sharing these feeling with others in a caring and nurturing environment helps each person to find ways to cope.

JSA is extending an open invitation to those who grieve a loss of a loved one, to join a support group dedicated to help and encourage each other, and to travel the healing journey together.

From time to time group support is not suitable for some clients, in which case individual bereavement support is provided via our Peer Support service.




  • "JSA provided emergency service to a husband and wife who were both legally blind and living in sub-standard conditions. Charles Leibovitch was able to find a volunteer to assist the couple with attending their medical appointments and getting to the food bank."
    Vancouver Senior Citizen
  • I am very happy with my friendly phone caller volunteer as I don’t go out anymore and look forward to her calls each week.
    Housebound female client
  • "A ninety five year old female expressed her appreciation and gratitude that she is receiving ongoing friendly phone calls and senior peer support by volunteers for several years. The volunteers have been a life line for me".
    95 year old female
  • "My volunteer is a real darling and I love her."
    98 years of age, using service for 2 years.
  • I am very happy with both volunteers, my sessions with senior peer support are going well and I appreciate now having a friendly visitor on the week-ends as I find the week-ends particularly lonely.
    Female client, 2014

Some seniors do not have access to affordable and safe transportation. JSAGV continues to review a driving service that transports the elderly to and from medical appointments, by exploring funding opportunities. The service is manned by a volunteer driver who uses their own personal car to perform this on a volunteer basis.

This service is offered to a few of our clients, and only for driving to medical appointments. Access to affordable and accessible transportation reduces isolation, and seniors have indicated that if they had better transportation options they would be able to attend events and programs.







Charles Leibovitch, M.S.W.

Senior Peer Support Services Coordinator

All services are designed to uplift the spirits of seniors through connection and the fundamental need we all have for belonging.




Grace Hann

Senior Peer Support Services Trainer and Supervisor

Grace is President of Senior Peer Counselling of BC, and serves on the YWCA Board for the Community Action on Elder Abuse project.





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