Grant enables agency to expand services to survivors

Grant enables agency to expand services to survivors

JEWISH FAMILY & Children’s Service of Monmouth County has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Jewish Federations of North America to expand services to over 70 Holocaust survivors in the county.

The grant has allowed the agency to place an additional social worker on its staff. Jessica Strauss, LSW, has been hired as coordinator of Enhanced Holocaust Survivor Services.

The funds will provide for expanded programs and services, including in-home counseling, home wellness checks by visiting nurses, more socialization events, transportation to outings, and education on in-home safety and improving the ability to maintain physical stability. The overall aim is to enhance physical and emotional well-being for survivors and allow them better opportunities to “age in place” in their own homes.

The program begins in March and is funded for one year, with an opportunity for a second year of funding.

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