The Jewish Federations make caring for Holocaust survivors a key priority, helping them to live more comfortably in their homes.
Of the approximately 100,000 Holocaust survivors in the United States, nearly one quarter are age 85 or older, and one in four lives in poverty. As a group they are at risk for depression, social isolation, declining health and problems associated with institutionalization, which can trigger traumatic memories of wartime experiences.
With local agencies and Claims Conference funding at capacity, and a population that is aging, the Jewish Federations are anticipating increased requests for services including home healthcare, counseling, transportation, socialization, nutrition and emergency assistance.
In 2015, JFNA launched the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care, to advance innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed services for Holocaust survivors. This federally funded program provides grants to local organizations to help Holocaust survivors, and ultimately other older adults impacted by trauma.
Additionally, Jewish Federations exceeded a $45 million fundraising campaign to help communities meet their needs and provide the required match to the federal program.
Learn how you can help a survivor in need with a donation to the Fund for Holocaust Survivors.
To find out more, please contact Shelley Rood Wernick.