Jewish Federations Awarded $5 Million Federal Grant To Assist Holocaust Survivors

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging has awarded a $5 million grant to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to expand Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care to Holocaust survivors, other older adults with a history of trauma and their family caregivers, JFNA announced on Wednesday.

The funding relies upon annual congressional appropriations and $1.6 million in philanthropic contributions.

“We are grateful to the Administration for Community Living for having the confidence and trust in our ability to continue to serve this vulnerable population,” said Mark Wilf, JFNA chair of the board of trustees. “Holocaust survivors are our teachers and our heroes. Now, they are teaching us how to help other older adults who have survived trauma and their caregivers. We are honored to partner with the federal government to lead this initiative.”

In addition to aiding Holocaust survivors, the grant will help bring PCTI practices to other older adults with a history of trauma and their family caregivers.

PCTI care is an innovative type of service delivery, spearheaded by JFNA, that promotes trust, dignity, strength and the empowerment of all individuals by incorporating knowledge about trauma into agency programs, policies and procedures.

Some estimates suggest that up to 90 percent of older adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event during their lifetimes, which can affect the aging process. The problems of this group have become even more acute with social distancing and the threats posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

{JNS}

{Matzav.com}

4 COMMENTS

  1. How many Holocaust survivors are still around at this point in time?! Very few to almost none children survived the camp selections, so any survivors had to be at least 15-20 years old in 1945, which makes the youngest *typical* Holocaust survivor at least 80 now. Considering that the average lifespan in the US is just below 80, there must be at most a few hundred Holocaust survivors in the US left alive as of now. So how are they going to spend 5 mil on the roughly speaking 500 people? Are they going to give 10k to each Holocaust survivor, or will this money be spent on the “administrative costs”, such as management bonuses and salary increases?

    • Your question is based on the assumption that almost no one lives past eighty.

      Also the term holocaust survivor is used very broadly these days. Say someone was a six year child from Hungary who was in hiding the entire period in 1944-1945 that Germany was in charge. He would be considered a holocaust survivor.

      (Note: there is a very ulterior motive in why the second paragraph in true.

      By vastly widening the term holocaust and holocaust survivor it comes to include anyone who suffered political persecution after the Nazis took over in 1933. Therefore they claim that Jews were “just another” one of the groups that the Nazis persecuted and suffered the holocaust.)

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