Jewish Addiction Community Service of Vancouver

Dear Community Colleague,

It is with great pleasure that we inform you that as of May 1st, 2016, Jewish Addiction Community Service of Vancouver, JACS Vancouver, will provide service and support to Jewish community members experiencing substance use issues. This much needed service would not be possible without the generous financial support from the Betty Averbach Foundation, Snider Foundation, Diamond Foundation and Kahn Foundation, as well as the contributions received from individual donors.

One of JACS Vancouver’s underlying principles is that being supported by others who share a history and common understanding of Jewish family life and traditions, facilitates trust and empathy and allows participants to speak openly and honestly knowing that they will be understood.

Based on this principle, JACS Vancouver will offer two essential services.

  1. Navigation and Support Services. JACS will work with individuals and families to create a service plan for recovery that addresses their substance use issues. We will provide clients with the necessary information and connect them to services that match their needs, staying involved during the active process, providing advocacy and cultural support. Calls for appointments and support are welcomed Monday through Thursday from 9-1.
  1. Support Group for Family and Friends. Group support can have a profound effect on those dealing with the impact of substance misuse by people they are close to. We will be offering friends and family members a safe, confidential and non-judgemental setting where they are encouraged to share their personal experiences and gain support from those in similar situations. To learn more about the support program, contact Rebecca Denham (778) 882-2994.

These services will be facilitated by our Director of Services, Rebecca Denham. Rebecca has over 15 years of clinical experience working in the field of mental health, addiction and youth at risk. This, coupled with 5 years as a mental health professional working within Vancouver’s Jewish community specifically, contribute to her ability to provide experienced and culturally informed support recommendations.

For more information, please call or email:

Rebecca Denham, Director of Services for JACS Vancouver

Unit 306-6145 Student Union Boulevard Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z1. Phone: (778) 882-2994