Dignity and Support for our Holocaust Heroes
Since 1999, Holocaust Community Services (HCS), a collaborative effort of Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS), CJE SeniorLife and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, in partnership with HIAS Chicago, has helped ensure that the Chicago Holocaust survivor community and their families can continue to live independently and with dignity. The average age of a survivor is 79, with nearly a quarter who are 85 or older. The consequences of advanced aging are compounded by the physical and emotional horrors they endured during the war. As aging and frailty take their toll, the number of Holocaust survivors turning to community agencies has intensified.
With the greater potential for survivors to benefit from the eldercare resources available through CJE SeniorLife’s continuum of care, the administration of Holocaust Community Services is transitioning from JCFS to CJE effective January 5, 2015. Through this shift, HCS can focus its efforts on serving survivors and their families in alignment with CJE’s mission to enhance the lives of older adults.
Support Groups for Survivors
Holocaust survivors are invited to join a weekly “Coffee and Conversation” drop-in group where there are opportunities to discuss such topics as reparations, aging issues, health concerns, holidays, relationships, planning for the future and worldwide events.
Community Education Programs
Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for survivors living in the community to come together for discussions, activities and lunch. Programs have included Chanukah celebrations with musical entertainment, a discussion with the Consul General of Israel, an ice cream social and a showing and discussion of the video, “Paper Clips.”
In addition, Holocaust Community Services staff are available to speak to your organization or group on various topics.
Consultation and Training
Holocaust Community Services provides consultation, training and workshops for administrators, social workers, physicians, nurses, CNAs and other professionals who work with survivors and their families. We address the special needs of aging survivors of the Holocaust and provide specific interventions to address their concerns in settings such as social service agencies, hospitals, nursing homes and retirement buildings.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Limited funds are available to survivors who are in need of emergency financial assistance.
Holocaust Community Services is supported by grants from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc., and other generous foundations and donors.
Call CJE SeniorLife's Holocaust Community Services at 773.508.1004.