The Alcove is a safe space for

Hope & Healing.

In recent years, we at The Alcove have expanded our services

to not just serve those who experienced grief and loss,

but also trauma and domestic violence.

Contact us today for more information.

The Alcove is currently scheduling intakes for our cost-free Peer Support Groups 


Grief and Loss Family Night ( Adults and children ages 3 & up)

Loss of Spouse/Partner Group (Adults)

Loss from Addiction Group (Adults)

Survivors of Domestic Violence Family Night (Adults and children ages 3 & up)

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About The Alcove

“Transforming Grief and Loss to Hope and Healing”

The Alcove was founded in February 2001 by two area therapists, Pat Smith and Mindy Shemtov, master level social workers. Having years of personal and professional experience with grief work, Pat and Mindy were intensely aware of the need to have bereavement support services for children in our area.

The Alcove began its first group with 6 children and their caregivers in November 2001 one week after receiving the 501 (c)3 nonprofit status. The groups were held in a small space donated by a local church in Somers Point, NJ. In 2003, The Alcove moved to Northfield where we served children and families for almost two decades. In 2021 we moved to our current location in Galloway, NJ expanding to 4,500 square feet of office space in addition to 1,500 sq. ft. for the thrift shop. Each meeting room is decorated age appropriately for the children. Our facility is designed to be inviting and comfortable to help provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for families to begin their healing process.