Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) is proud to announce it was selected to receive a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America through the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. When combined with matching funds, this award will enable $42,708.00 in new programming for Survivors.
The Jewish Federations of North America launched the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care in the fall of 2015, following an award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for up to $12 million over 5 years to advance innovations in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) services for Holocaust Survivors in the United States. PCTI care is a holistic approach to service provision that promotes the dignity, strength, and empowerment of trauma victims by incorporating knowledge about the role of trauma in victims’ lives into agency programs, policies, and procedures.
Of the more than 100,000 Holocaust Survivors in the United States, nearly one-quarter are aged eighty-five or older, and one in four lives in poverty. Many live alone and are at risk for social isolation, depression, and other physical and mental health conditions stemming from periods of starvation, disease, and torture.
“These funds allow us to meet critical needs for our survivor population as they are aging, and it extends their ability to remain living in their own homes. Survivors will access the direct services needed to support safety and independence by giving them choices that were financially unavailable without this funding,” said Mauri Malka, JFCS Director of Family Services.
The intent of our Survivors Support Program is to preserve community living. It will provide direct services in the form of non-medical homecare that includes light housekeeping, personal care, companionship, transportation, errands, laundry, medication monitoring, assistance with medical appointments and meal preparation. Additionally, the program will offer supportive services to family caregivers to assist them in long-term care planning and resource coordination.
“Meeting the needs of Holocaust Survivors is a critical mission, and we are excited to partner with the federal government for the second year of this project, which will help us improve the lives of this fragile community,” said Mark Wilf, Chair of the JFNA Fund for Holocaust Survivors.
The Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care promotes these innovative service delivery models together with the expertise of partner organizations including the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The grant money is a combination of federal dollars and philanthropic dollars raised by Jewish Federations as part of JFNA’s National Holocaust Survivor Initiative, which seeks to raise $45 million to support the Survivor community.
Survivors or their family members are encouraged to contact Mauri Malka at 322-1919 for more information about this program and to access services.