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Supporting JSSA's Holocaust Survivor Community
JSSA's 2013 Gala, Feats of Courage, focused on how JSSA services provide: Strength to Holocaust survivors
"JSSA gives Holocaust survivors strength to live another day," says Nesse Godin. "They know that somebody is there to take care of them." JSSA services for Holocaust survivors includes personal care such as bathing, transportation to medical appointments, and grocery shopping.
Herman Taube Fund for Survivors
There are many ways you or your group can get involved. Join the community-wide effort by contacting Marissa Neuman at 301.610.8345. You can organize a Giant gift card collection or have a JSSA representative speak to your group about the effects of aging on a Holocaust survivor.
The Jewish Social Service Agency’s (JSSA) nearly 20-year-old Holocaust Survivor Program is facing critical funding shortfalls this coming year and for the next 10 or more years. Several hundred frail, poor and ill Holocaust survivors reside in the greater DC area.
Due to unprecedented increases in applications for services as this population nears the last few years of their life, Holocaust survivors' growing need for basic safety net services including personal care, homemaker, health, social services, and financial assistance are currently outpacing available funding. Changing demographics, increasing frailty, the downturn in the economy, and changes in eligibility criteria for Claims Conference (CC) funding have contributed to this dire situation.
How Does JSSA Help:
Why Your Help is Needed: Up until now, these and other critical social services have been funded by Claims Conference grants, matching JSSA funds, and donations. But a decrease in many of these traditional revenue sources combined with a substantial increase in aging survivors applying for more intensive services has placed our Holocaust Survivors Program in jeopardy. This year alone, JSSA is facing a more than $500,000 shortfall, and we expect the deficit to grow annually for at least another 10 years. Without additional support from generous donors, our ability to provide safety net services for impoverished Holocaust survivors in our midst is in peril.
Our Shared Responsibility: We have an enduring shared commitment to caring for and providing safety net services to frail, poor and ill Holocaust survivors residing in our community. Without additional support from generous donors – from you – JSSA will not be able to fully realize its responsibility to serve and support Holocaust survivors in need. Learn more about how you can help.
You can help us spread the word about the critical need to raise funds to support our community’s holocaust survivors. Download and share the information below:
Radio interviews, articles and more press about the Holocaust Survivor Program are located here: JSSA in the News.
We thank the following congregations who have informed us of their plans to support our fundraising efforts to benefit the Holocaust Survivor Program at JSSA*:
And thank you also to the special organizations in our community for their support!*
“I am so thankful to have participated in the program and to have had the privilege and honor of meeting Holocaust survivors through JSSA. I will never forget this experience, as it made a profound, positive impact on my life.” Lia S.
Other services our clients have found helpful: