Jewish Family Service Receives Program Grant from Jewish Federations of North America | Brigantine

MARGATE — The Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has received a $150,000 grant from the Center for Care of Holocaust Survivors and the Institute on Aging and Trauma of the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA). These funds will allow JFS to offer new programs for seniors.

JFS will use the funding to hire a full-time therapist to provide individual and group therapy to seniors affected by trauma. Individual therapy will be offered at home, in the office or remotely depending on the needs and preferences of the client. Group therapy will be offered remotely at the start of the project and will transition to in-person or hybrid depending on safe practices. Additional funding has been provided to provide case management services to support clients served in this counseling program, so that seniors affected by trauma can also be connected to additional resources in the community. Seniors served will include, but not be limited to, Holocaust survivors.

“At JFS, we are grateful for the generous grant provided by the Jewish Federations of North America. Our agency assists over 200 seniors, including 25 Holocaust survivors, residing in Atlantic County. It is JFS’s responsibility, honor and pleasure to care for them to ensure they enjoy a comfortable life as they continue to age with grace and dignity,” said Andrea Steinberg. , CEO of JFS.

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“The pandemic has shown what a difference we can make when we come together, especially for older adults most at risk from COVID-19,” said JFNA Board Chair Mark Wilf. “Holocaust survivors are our teachers and our heroes, and we are committed to empowering them to live comfortably in their communities. The Federation system is humbled and proud to help thousands of Holocaust survivors, as well as other older trauma survivors and their families in times of need.

Since its inception, the national program has supported approximately 30,000 Holocaust survivors, 15,000 professional caregivers, 5,000 family caregivers and 2,000 other older people with a history of trauma. The numbers served include a small amount of duplication, as participants received services through multiple organizations and grants. Local organizations provided specialized care in 21 states and 54 cities.

The Jewish Federations work closely with the Network of Jewish Social Service Agencies and other local and national service providers to implement the grant program. More than 60 aging and trauma experts offer their talents to help JFNA implement the program, train beneficiaries, and build capacity to employ the person-centered and trauma-informed approach.

Person-Centered and Trauma-Informed Care (“PCTI”) is an innovative approach, led by JFNA, that promotes confidence, dignity, strength, and empowerment in all individuals by integrating knowledge about trauma in agency programs, policies and procedures. Some estimates suggest that up to 90% of older adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event in their lifetime, which can affect them as they age. The challenges have become even more acute with social distancing and the threats posed by COVID-19.

*This program is made possible by federal funds from a grant from the JFNA Center on Holocaust Survivor Care and the Institute on Aging and Trauma. About 75% of the project, or $150,000, comes from federal sources. About 25% or $50,000 comes from non-federal sources.

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