New grant for Shoah survivors and their families
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New grant for Shoah survivors and their families

Shoah survivors at the official ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz were given scarfs reminiscent of their prison uniforms. Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Shoah survivors at the official ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz were given scarfs reminiscent of their prison uniforms. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE of MetroWest NJ (JFS) will receive a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. When combined with matching funds, this award will enable $99,330.67 in new programming for survivors.

In addition, all JFS clinical staff will receive training on Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care. PCTI care promotes the dignity, strength, and empowerment of trauma victims by incorporating knowledge about the role of trauma in victims’ lives. Matching funds for this grant will be provided by Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.

This grant enables JFS to support the “Second Generation,” children of Holocaust survivors, to improve the care they provide to loved ones. Programming will include a monthly caregiver support group, mental health counseling, caregiver helpline, and quarterly seminars on how the trauma of the Holocaust impacts how survivors’ experience and relate to the world.

“Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ is honored to be selected by JFNA to bring these innovative services to the community,” said Diane K. Squadron, CEO, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ. “Providing support to the ‘Second Generation’ allows us to care for the caregivers, who will in turn be better equipped to care for and understand the unique needs of our survivors.”

For more information, call 973-765-9050 or visit jfsmetrowest.org.   

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