The Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey 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 provide $92,400 in new programming for survivors.
The Jewish Federations of North America launched the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care in 2015, using an award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for up to $12 million over five years to advance innovations in person-centered trauma-informed 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.
Nearly a quarter of the more than 100,000 Holocaust survivors in United States are 85 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.
The programming JFCS now provides for Holocaust survivors includes a monthly luncheon, with the opportunities to socialize that come along with it; kosher meals on wheels; individual and group therapy, and care management. The extra funding will help secure in-home care for local Holocaust survivors.