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41

Flexibility Key to SPACE Program Success

By HEIDI PRESS
Marlene Karp is a flexible
person — so much so that it
shows up in her work — as
the new executive director •
of SPACE, the National
Council of Jewish Women-
sponsored service for
widowed and divorced men
and women and their
families.
Interviewed recently
about advances in the
SPACE program, Ms. Karp
listed the following among

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her goals at the agency: Ex-
pand outreach, develop pro-
gramming, maintain the
goodwill already achieved
and "to be sensitive to the
changing needs of our
members."
In addition to her duties
as the SPACE director, Ms.
Karp is the coordinator of
parent support groups for
the Orchards Children's
Service. She also is program
coordinator and group
leader at the Oakland Uni-
versity Continuum Center.
She has had experience
counseling,
in
and
psychotherapy
teaching, and has de-
signed and developed
training workshops.
Ms. Karp earned a BS de-
gree in education at Wayne
State University and holds
a master's degree in guid-
ance and counseling from
Oakland University.
Professionally, she is a
member of the American
Personnel and Guidance
Association; American
Society for Training and
Development, Inc.; and the
Association for Specialists
in Group Work.
SPACE already provides
weekly drop-ins, support
groups, workshops, lec-
tures, a newsletter, holiday
activity programs, forums,
retreats, separate men's
programming, children's
programming and consulta-
tion. Although it is non-
sectarian, most of the
clients are Jewish, Ms.
Karp siad.
The program has
begun to expand, and Ms.
Karp speaks animatedly,
when she describes the
new projects.
Among them are an af-
terndon support group be-
ginning in February for
older widowed men and
women. Most of the support
groups meet in the eve-
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Another new group is the
continuing divorce support
group, for persons who have
been through the regular
support groups and now
want to focus more specifi-
cally on personal matters.
Ms. Karp said an out-
growth of the two-hour sup-
port groups, which are usu-
ally limited to eight persons
so that all can be heard, is
the Monday night men's
group. Comprised of about
10 men, the group, now
closed, became a forum for
itself, as the men decided to
perpetuate the camaraderie
which grew out of the origi-
nal support group.
The children's group is
still being developed, al-
though some support
groups have already met.
The schedule this year in-
cludes a spring retreat —
another will be held in the
fall — which will be held at
Camp Tamarack for single
parent families.
Ms. Karp said the re-
treats include activities in
which the parent and child
can interact and separate
programs for each, such as
self-awareness workshops.
Skilled professionals are
engaged to direct the ses-
sions.
On March 29, the annual
"Room to Grow" forum will
be held at the main Jewish
Community Center. Dr.
Sonya Friedman, psychol-
ogist and media personal-
ity, will be the keynote
speaker.
Another outgrowth of
the SPACE support
groups were the sessions
to train clients who had
been through the pro-
gram to become parap-
rofessionals. Profession-
als from the community
aided in the training pro-
gram. Group dynamics
and "helping" skills were
among the subjects of the
sessions.
Volunteers are "intrin-
sic" to the organization, Ms.
Karp said, and paid particu-
lar tribute to Hillary Gits-
tein, the NCJW chairman of
SPACE, whose duty it is to
assist the service's director.
Ms. Gitstein is an NCJW
board member.
But many women are
leaving volunteer work out
of financial necessity.
SPACE, like other non-
profit organizations, is ap-
pealing for help. Ms. Karp
cited the benefits of volun-
teering.
"Volunteering for SPACE
is mutually beneficial. The
volunteer can move into an

environment that is suppor-
tive and he allows the pro-
gram to perpetuate."
She said that persons
who provide volunteer
service to the agency
"provide something
meaningful to the organ-
ization."
Ms. Karp added that vol-
unteerism is "the first step-
ping ground for women who
are seeking a career." She
said that experience gained
at SPACE can be regarded
as a "step in professional
growth."
Asked what she thought
contributed to the success,
she listed the financial
backing provided entirely
by NCJW and the fact that
the service has "the ability
to create any program we
went" to meet a specific
need in the community. She
cited the continuing divorce
support group as an exam-
ple.
Aimed at single parent
families or persons who
find themselves single
again after being di-
vorced or widowed, the
program currently does
not deal with never-
marrieds. Asked if any
programs were being de-
■ Signed to meet the needs
of this segment of the
community, Ms. Karp
said that if .there was
enough demand, a sup-
port group would be
started.
SPACE is designed to
provide a supportive
environment for persons
who are in "emotional tran-
sition" because of divorce or
widowhood, and is not a
substitute for
psychotherapy, the agency's
brochure states.
Owing to its backing by
the community it is well re-
ceived. In fact, it is so suc-
cessful, that it will be spot-
lighted at the NCJW bi-
ennial convention March
12-15 in Louisville, Ky.
She attributes the
acclaim to the agency's atti-
tude. "We recognize the
single as an important via-
ble human being. We proj-
ect a positive image of the
single."
At a time when singles
are increasing in number,
owing to the staggering di-
vorce statistics, it is com-
'forting to know that there is
an agency available to help
them get through that dif-
ficult transitional period.

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and Mrs. Morris Simrod,
chairman. Refreshments
will be served, entertain-
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information, call Mrs. Sim-
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