On behalf of Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, I would like to thank the New Jersey Jewish News for apprising our constituents in New Jersey of the recent funding request to the NJ State Legislature to assist aging Holocaust survivors (“Agencies seek more funding for Holocaust survivors,” June 27).
In 1994, JFS of Central NJ was awarded $75,000 by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany to be the lead agency to provide essential services to aging Holocaust Survivors through the network of the 12 JFS agencies throughout the state. Today, that assistance has significantly increased its funding in NJ to $2.45 million, due the Claims Conference’s success and foresight on a number of fronts. The funds are divided among the 12 Jewish Family Service agencies throughout the state based on the number of clients served in each community.
As survivors age, the funds provide crucial services such as home health aides, community health nursing consultation, homemakers, transportation, kosher Meals on Wheels, social work case management, andCafe Europa socialization programming. In addition, emergency financial assistance for indigent survivors is provided for rent subsidies, utility bills, dental care, and other items that are not covered through Medicare.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the leadership of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany for their steadfast championing of the needs of Holocaust survivors, not only in New Jersey, but worldwide.
Executive Director, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ