Lifesaving, life-enhancing work

I’m proud to tell you that our own Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey (JFS CNJ) has been awarded a Jewish Federations grant for $220,000 for its Innovations in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) Supportive Services for Holocaust Survivors. As a member of the third cohort of the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care grant recipients, JFS CNJ will also receive extensive technical assistance in administering the program.

This year’s grant process was competitive, with requests totaling more than double the amount available to award. This round of funding distributed $2.8 million in grants to 30 organizations for person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) supportive services to thousands of Holocaust survivors in the United States.

These grants are made possible by a grant our national Jewish Federations system received from the U.S. Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) in 2015 to provide supportive services for Holocaust survivors in the United States. This money, along with matching philanthropic funds, enables us to build a national capacity to provide these much-needed services to Holocaust survivors. Our own Mark Wilf has co-chaired the national campaign, which, to date, has raised $45 million!!!

When combined with matching funds required by the grant, this funding will result in $4 million this year in national programming for Holocaust survivor services.

To quote Mark: “It is critical that we deliver these lifesaving and life-enhancing services to Holocaust survivors. The past two years of this federal grant program have shown the deep impact that person-centered, trauma-informed services can have on Holocaust survivors. We are grateful to partner with the government to augment this work.”

Our congratulations to our friends and colleagues at JFS CNJ, and to you. Because your support of our UJA Annual Campaign, has created a federal lobbying service, a National Holocaust Survivor Initiative, and the increased ability to care for those most in need and deserving of our help.


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