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JFS Dallas Receives Funds for Holocaust Survivor Care

In time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas is proud to announce we will join several other Jewish organizations across the country in receiving a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. More than 20 survivors and their family members are expected to receive Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care in the Dallas area. 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.

“Antisemitism has shaken our community and Holocaust survivors are deeply affected,” said Mark Wilf, chair of JFNA’s Board of Trustees and past chair of JFNA’s National Holocaust Survivor Initiative. “We are grateful for the Federal government’s commitment to help survivors and ensure that this vulnerable group has additional support.”

Of the estimated 80,000 Holocaust survivors in the United States, approximately one in three live 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.

This grant is part of The Jewish Federations of North America’s partnership with the Federal government to improve lives for Holocaust survivors and comes as the world observes the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.  This year, JFNA received $5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living—twice the amount since when the program launched—illustrating  Congress’ recognition of the value of PCTI services to Holocaust survivors.

The Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care promotes excellence in service delivery together with the expertise of partner organizations including the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.  The grants awarded combine federal and philanthropic funds raised by JFNA’s National Holocaust Survivor Initiative.

Contact Debi Weiner, Director of Older Adult Services, at (469) 206-1660 or dweiner@jfsdallas.org for more information.

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