JFS helps survivors in crisis

JFS helps survivors in crisis

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ receives generous funding from Kavod Shef in partnership with Seed the Dream Foundation to meet the emergency needs of Holocaust survivors in Essex, Morris, and Sussex counties.

The Kavod Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund initiative, launched by Seed the Dream Foundation in partnership with Kavod-Ensuring Dignity for Survivors in March 2019, supports thousands of Holocaust survivors across the United States. With the uncertainty and persistence of the pandemic, the initiative allowed social service agencies to reach any survivor in need regardless of where they may live. The initiative partnered with 34 United States communities this year to address unmet needs of Holocaust survivors in in nine emergency areas: food, medical, dental, vision, urgent home needs (utilities, rent, repairs), emergency home care, transportation, essential deliveries, and PPE.

The Kavod Shef partnership involves collaboration between Kavod, Seed the Dream Foundation, National Philanthropic Partners, Jewish Federations, local donors, and Jewish Family Service agencies.

Kavod Shef funds have filled more than 40,000 emergency requests across the country since it launched. All funds raised by local communities are matched 1 to 1 by the Joseph Gringlas Kavod Shef National Fund. One hundred percent of all Kavod Shef dollars go directly toward emergency services for survivors.

The Kavod Shef national phone hotline, (720) 295-8484, allows survivors who are not already in contact with their local agencies to have a way to begin the process of getting support.

For more information, go to kavodensuringdignity.com/kavod-shef-initiative or call (973) 637-1704 (English) or (974) 637-1716 (Russian), or jfsmetrowest.org.

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