This fund provides personal care assistance that enables survivors to live in their homes with greater safety, comfort and dignity.
According to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, more than 25% of the U.S. Holocaust survivor population lives at or below the poverty line. Many are in desperate need of basic services. The Claims Conference funding provides up to 25 hours of chore care and/or personal care services per week, which is often insufficient. At any given time, at least 15 survivors in Greater Philadelphia require additional care above and beyond what they are currently receiving from Jewish Family and Children’s Service. The Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Care Fund is administered by the Jewish Federation and provides financial support for clients with assessed needs requiring greater support than what is currently being provided through Claims Conference funding, public benefits and individual client contributions.
The recipients of this safety-net support are Jewish individuals who were direct victims of Nazi persecution and are now residents of the five-county Greater Philadelphia area. The majority of clients live in Northeast Philadelphia and are frail, live alone, suffer from depression and have an annual income of under $35,000.
This three-year community matching grant initiative of the Jewish Federation will be matched by a private foundation and other local donors to support services for survivors provided by Jewish Family and Children’s Service.
Each year a minimum of $300,000 will be allocated to provide the survivor community with at least 16,000 hours of additional personal care. The fund will forecast the ever-growing needs of survivors, as well as anticipate necessary changes in service-delivery methods.
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