There are more than 100,000 Holocaust survivors in the United States today. Many 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.
The Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care is changing the lives of this vulnerable population. Launched by The Jewish Federations of North America following an unprecedented $17 million award — supported by the first-ever federal grant to serve Holocaust survivors — the Center is a leader in promoting specialized treatment and building service provider capacity.
The mission of the JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care is to promote national expansion of innovative, PCTI programs and services for Holocaust survivors and other older adult victims of trauma.
UPLIFTING WITH DIGNITY
The Center increases knowledge about and practice of person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) supportive services for Holocaust survivors. PCTI is a holistic approach that promotes dignity, strength, and empowerment by incorporating the role and effects of trauma in victims’ lives into agency programs, policies, and procedures. We support a selective cohort of organizations that create and implement innovative PCTI services in their communities.
RAISING THE BAR FOR CARE
The Center grows the capacity of the Aging Services Network to implement PCTI services for Holocaust survivors and other victims of trauma. We offer training opportunities and resources to this nationwide network of state agencies on aging, area agencies on aging, and local service providers. We also empower our subgrantees to share their groundbreaking PCTI advances within strong peer networks.
*This cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is contingent upon the availability of federal funds.