Have you heard of the JSSN?

The Jewish Singles Social Network (JSSN) is a collaboration between the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Jewish Residential Services (JRS). The JCC provides the meeting space and JRS provides a staff advisor. The JSSN was established in May of 2002 when it became apparent that there was a need for a social group for people with disabilities who were older than teens but yet not senior citizens.

The group which is member-driven and abides by a code of ethics established by the group, has approximately 20 active members; among those is a board of officers. Officers include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer / bookkeeper and outreach person. Officers are voted in annually through a democratic process. The group prides itself on being independent. The advisor attends planning meetings, but activities are attended without staff support. The group meets at the JCC, usually every other Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and participates in activities alternating Tuesday evenings. Activities have included dining at local restaurants, movies, baseball games, game and craft nights, walking for exercise through the Squirrel Hill neighborhood or on trails at Schenley and Frick Parks, shopping trips, and special holiday celebrations. Some of the annual events have included a Community Mitzvah day, an evening at Kennywood Park, a Super Bowl party and Thanksgiving Day “potluck” dinner.

“The JSSN is a group whose members are very welcoming and supportive of one and another. They are very tolerant of each other’s short comings and they recognize and celebrate each other’s strengths,” says Marty Brown, Program Coordinator of Residential Support Services at JRS and staff advisor to the JSSN.

Criteria for JSSN membership is:

  • * At least 21 years old
  • * Able to take public transportation independently (the group travels together on outings)
  • * Able to attend meetings and activities without an individual support person
  • * Be willing to pay dues of $10.00 a year

Anyone interested in joining the JSSN should contact Marty Brown, staff advisor, at 412-422-6720 or mbrown@jrspgh.org

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