March 8, 2016 (Beachwood) JFSA Cleveland is proud to announce it was selected to receive a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America through their recently launched Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. These grants mark the first time in history that the United States federal government has provided direct funding for Holocaust survivor services. When combined with matching funds from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, this award will enable $73,000 in new programming for survivors living in the Cleveland area.

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 nationwide. 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.

JFSA Cleveland’s Holocaust Survivor program provides a wide range of supportive services to survivors living in the greater Cleveland area, with the goal that they age safely in the community with care and dignity. JFSA Cleveland’s program is primarily funded by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

 “This funding supports an innovative “best practices” program of advocating for Holocaust Survivors and their caregivers through intervention, support, education, and referrals in their time of need when they are most vulnerable and at risk when they are unable to navigate services sufficiently by themselves”, said Sheri Sax, executive director older adult services.

“Taking care of Holocaust survivors, ensuring that they have their physical and emotional needs met, is of the utmost importance and a fully attainable goal if we continue to work together.” said Mark Wilf, chair of Federations’ National Holocaust Survivor Initiative.

“Grantees of the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care will lead the charge and help prepare the nation’s Aging Services Network to ensure all Holocaust survivors living below the poverty line have their basic needs met.” said Todd Morgan, vice chair of Federations’ National Holocaust Survivor Initiative.

The Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care promotes these innovative service delivery models together with the expertise of partner organizations including the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s 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.