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Feb 13, 2020

GHI Receives Funds for Holocaust Survivor Care

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GHI Receives Funds for Groundbreaking Holocaust Survivor Care as we Recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day  and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz is January 27, 2020 

Generations Housing Initiatives is proud to announce it will receive a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. When combined with matching funds, this award will enable $57,000 in new programming for Holocaust Survivors. Through this grant, we will be able to provide person-centered trauma-informed in-home counseling, as well as social and wellness groups to survivors at Kenmore Plaza and Pines of Edgewater. The program will run from March 2020 to February 2021. 

This grant is part of The Jewish Federations of North America’s partnership with the Federal government to improve the lives of 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 person-centered trauma-informed (PCTI)  services to Holocaust survivors. 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. 

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. This program is made possible by federal funds from a grant through The JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. Approximately 75% of the project, or $43,000, comes from federal sources. Approximately 25%, or $14000. comes from non-federal sources.