This Summer I founded THE SURVIVOR INITIATIVE: A volunteer effort to raises awareness & funds for Holocaust survivors living in poverty
I was shocked to learn about the large number of Holocaust survivors living at or below the poverty line in today, including 225 in the Washington DC area and over 15,000 in greater New York City.
These survivors get by from month to month on meager assistance that does not fully cover the cost of food, rent, heat, doctor visits and medications.
As survivors age, funding has decreased as needs have intensified. Historically, support for survivor services has been funded by grants from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, by local Jewish federations and private donors.
Recently, a reduction in funding from traditional sources combined with a substantial increase in survivors needing more intensive services has placed these survivor assistance programs in jeopardy.
Through a designated fund at the Jewish Communal Fund, The Survivor Initiative makes grants across the country to strengthen the capacity of local agencies that care for poor, frail, and vulnerable Holocaust survivors with complex bio-psycho-social needs.
In Washington DC, our funds support the work of the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) and its 20-year old Holocaust Survivor Program. In NYC we make grants to UJA-Federation's Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors.
Please help us continue to provide this critical support to Holocaust survivors so that they may live their lives with the comfort and dignity they deserve.