Dignity and Support for our Holocaust Heroes
Holocaust survivors are among the heroes of our time. As they grow older, they may relive painful memories, or experience recurring feelings of loss or control. To help them, it must be a priority of the Jewish community to keep these heroes cloaked in support.
Since 1999, Holocaust Community Services, a collaborative effort of JCFS, CJE SeniorLife and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, in partnership with HIAS Chicago, has provided supportive services to the Chicago Holocaust survivor community and their families.
Through the supportive services it provides, Holocaust Community Services helps to ensure that survivors can continue to live independently and with dignity. Case managers facilitate in-home support that includes housekeeping, laundry services, kosher food delivery, meal preparation, medication management, transportation services and personal grooming assistance.
Survivors also benefit from counseling, support and referral services for survivors and their heirs in the process of applying for various reparations and compensation programs.
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.
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