January 26, 2018 Tucson, AZ – Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is proud to announce it was selected to receive a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) through the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. When combined with matching funds, this award will enable $94,227.00 in new programming for survivors.
JFNA 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 five years to advance innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) services for Holocaust survivors in the United States. 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 85 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.
“JFCS of Southern Arizona will enhance its capacity to respond to the constellation of compelling needs to visit with, listen to, comfort, and advocate for Holocaust Survivors living here in Tucson. Through our new JFNA grant award, we will be able to provide a specialized behavioral health practitioner who will visit and offer a high level of person-centered care that addresses the emotional well-being of Survivors from the former Soviet Union in their own language,” said Carlos A. Hernández, President & CEO, JFCS of Southern Arizona.
“It is critical that we deliver these lifesaving and life-enhancing services to Holocaust survivors. The past two years of this federal grant program have shown the deep impact that person-centered, trauma-informed services can have on Holocaust survivors. We are grateful to partner with the government to augment this work,” said Mark Wilf, chair of JFNA’s 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 Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the 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 has raised $45 million to support the survivor community.