Our Subgrantees



The Center has successfully awarded 214 grants in the amount of over $18 million to agencies around the country to develop innovations in PCTI care. Click through the map and scroll through the list to explore current and past subgrantees.


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List of Subgrantees


Below are the agency names and summaries of each grant-funded program.





Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona 

Tucson, AZ 

Since 1941, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona has been entrusted with the care of vulnerable older adults. The Wellbeing Promoter and Advocacy (WPA) project increases JFCS capacity to visit with, listen to, comfort, and advocate for Holocaust Survivors as they age. The project provides PCTI low-intensity behavioral healthcare to (40) Survivors from the FSU, at home or in facilities, in their own language through interpreters to increase wellbeing. The WPA project is innovative in its engagement with outstanding community partners including the University of Arizona’s National Center for Interpretation and the Zuckerman College of Public Health. 


Jewish Family & Children’s Services  

Phoenix, AZ 

JFCS’ Creative Arts Engagement for Holocaust Survivors utilizes a trauma-informed cultural framework centered on Patient-Centered Trauma Informed Care and the Arts to address the will address the sensitive cultural barriers nature of traditional psychotherapy and a survivor’s triggers, vulnerabilities, and coping mechanism. Expressive arts events enhance psychological well-being and augment coping strategies that promote adaptive resilience for survivors and their care partners. Training JFCS clinicians and community providers in PCTI, PTSD, EMDR, and CBT to understand the context of Survivors aging journey, trauma-potential situations, and special quality of life considerations. 




Bet Tzedek 

Los Angeles, CA 

The overarching goal of this program is ensuring that Survivors have access to essential legal services so they can secure and maintain vital resources – including those public benefits and legal instruments necessary to protect their safety, independence, and quality of life. Bet 

Tzedek works closely with JFNA, other subgrantees, and Holocaust Survivors Justice Network partners to identify appropriate communities to serve as pilots for the expansion of this proven holistic approach to meeting the legal needs of Holocaust Survivors. Additionally, Bet Tzedek recruits, trains, and mentors pro bono attorneys in those communities to provide free legal services to Survivors through a PCTI approach. The services are tailored to the needs of the Survivors and the jurisdictions of the pilots. 


Jewish Family & Children's Services East Bay 

Berkeley, CA 

Jewish Family & Child Services East Bay (JFCS) offers a comprehensive program to address the trauma experienced by Survivors from the former Soviet Union. JFCS’ holistic approach includes a psycho-educational group, a yoga program, a health and wellness educational program, individual counseling and family support for caregivers, socialization support, training of partner agency staff who interact with Survivors, and transportation assistance to and from program activities. The program is coordinated and facilitated by Russian-speaking staff, including a newly hired clinical social worker. In addition to these direct services, JFCS East Bay works with  

the Sanctuary Institute to infuse the Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Sanctuary Model throughout the agency and overall Holocaust Survivor Services program. 


Jewish Family and Children's Services 

San Francisco, CA 

This funding allows Jewish Family and Children’s Services to expand and enhance its Center for Dementia Care and counseling programs in order to address the unmet needs of dementia and depression among low income Holocaust Survivors. JFCS’s Center for Dementia Care utilizes PCTI approaches to provide consultations and practical and emotional support to families and caregivers of low income Holocaust Survivors, as well as personalized care to Survivors with dementia-related conditions. The Center conducts outreach to Survivors from the FSU with dementia related conditions in order to provide them with bilingual and bicultural services. JFCS also advances treatment of depression among low income Survivors using a PCTI approach through the expansion of individual counseling services for Survivors. 


Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma 


San Francisco, CA 

JFCS’ palliative care team of nurses, social workers, gerontologists, a physician, a rabbi, and specially trained volunteers provides care consultations, healthcare advocacy, supportive services, care coordination and volunteer services to Holocaust Survivors experiencing a chronic condition, new diagnosis, or who are at end of life. Volunteers, who have participated in an intensive training, provide practical, emotional, and psychological support to Survivors. Advance healthcare planning, education, and training are also critical components of the PCTI Palliative Care program. This program targets Survivors from the FSU, with the palliative care team providing training and ongoing consultations to Russian-speaking staff in order to better reach this population. The program’s goal is to improve Survivors’ quality of life and ability to have control over healthcare outcomes using a PCTI approach. 


Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay 

Berkeley, CA 

JFCS East Bay offers a comprehensive program to address the trauma experienced by Survivors from the Former Soviet Union. JCFS East Bay’s holistic approach includes psycho-educational groups, individual therapy, yoga, movie club, poetry club, travel discussion club, holiday celebrations, local excursions, and transportation assistance to and from program activities. In response to the evaluation of JCFS East Bay’s current program and its clients’ demonstrated needs, JCFS East Bay has added several program innovations this year, including: Tai-chi classes, mindfulness classes, and an entirely new focus on advanced health care and end-of-life planning. The program is coordinated and facilitated by Russian-speaking staff. 


Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles 

Los Angeles, CA 

JFSLA uses this funding to increase awareness among its staff, clients and other stakeholders of the impact of trauma, and supports the growth of a trauma-informed culture throughout the agency. A foundation of trauma-informed practices enables JFS to create an atmosphere of trust and healing in which effective new programs and services can be developed to meet the needs of its Survivor population. All JFS programs adhere to principles of client-centered service delivery and client empowerment, and these principles are easily extended to a more robust adoption of a trauma-informed cultural framework. This framework directs the creation of new services for Survivors and family caregiverswhich decreases the incidence of depression and anxiety among Survivors, increases caregiver awareness of the impact of trauma, and allows for innovative programming that can lead to systemic change both in the agency and in the larger community. 


Jewish Family Service of San Diego 

San Diego, California 

Since the 1940s, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been addressing the needs of Holocaust Survivors. For years, Survivors cared for by JFS, have expressed a desire to experience the world beyond doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, and other errands. They want to be with people from similar backgrounds, who have endured similar traumas. Through funding from the JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care, JFS’s Serving Older Survivors Program enhances its Person Centered, Trauma-Informed services with activities that improve its Survivors’ physical and mental health. Survivors from the Former Soviet Union in particular, live on limited finances and as a result, cultural stimulation specific to their Jewish and Russian heritage is virtually non-existent. JFS offers regularly scheduled social-cultural opportunities for 40 unduplicated isolated Holocaust Survivors to improve their emotional and mental well-being.  It also provides crucial JFS Foodmobile home-delivered kosher meals to 23 low-income, frail Survivors. 


Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County 

Irvine, CA 

The “Meal Partners” program improves the health and well-being of isolated Holocaust Survivors by creating lasting supportive relationships that revolve around the sharing of meals. Participating Survivors are paired with meal partners whose roles are to share meals and monitor food security, broaden the Survivor’s circle of care, and connect Survivors to their traditions and culture.  The overarching goals and anticipated outcomes of this program are to decrease social isolation and broaden the circle of care, improve nutritional intake and food security, and increase the capability to live independently at home. 


The program also includes specialized Russian bilingual services for Survivors from the former Soviet Union. These services include counseling, consultation, crisis intervention and a monthly “Meals and Culture” group. The group activities include shared meals, intellectually stimulating lectures and discussions, meditation, yoga and other alternative wellness activities, life story discussions, cultural activities, and practicing using technology. 


Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles 

Los Angeles, CA 

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles is proposing an expansion of LIFE@Home (Living Inspired, Fit and Engaged), an innovative program of integrated technology and supportive services for frail Holocaust survivors. The use of cutting-edge technology and the utilization of the survivors’ television sets will allow homebound survivors to fully participate in activities and remain fully engaged members of the community. The goals of this program are to decrease social isolation, to increase access to services, improve survivors’ quality of life, and allow them to remain at home as long as possible. 


Jewish Family Service of San Diego 

San Diego, CA 

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s (JFS) Serving Older Survivors (SOS) program will implement an Innovative Person Center-Trauma Informed (PCTI) Life Lessons Project for isolated, low-income, Holocaust Survivors in which Survivors meet one-one-one with a Geriatric Specialist to write a short autobiographical piece about the lessons they have learned through life experiences. Survivors will have the option of meeting with other Survivors in small group sessions to discuss their “life lessons.” A Life Lessons Book will be compiled and shared widely. Survivors will find increased meaning in their lives and will benefit significantly from the project's socialization activities. 


Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley  

Los Gatos, CA 

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley will provide individual and group therapy, caregiver support, educational workshops, increased home visits, and delivered kosher meals to Holocaust survivors; focusing on those who are socially isolated. The goal of the program is to decrease social isolation and prevent institutionalization whenever possible. We will use a PCTI-based assessment along with quarterly evaluations to monitor clients’ progress. Our development department will develop an impact-based fundraising campaign to support these services. 




Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County 

Stamford, CT 

Since 1978, the mission of Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County (SJFS) is to sustain individuals through all of life’s challenges and to build strong, healthy communities. Our program aims to improve the lives of the Holocaust survivors in the Fairfield County community through the introduction of ongoing, PCTI-focused social-emotional programming, enriching their lives through social connection and enhancing their well-being through sensitive, responsive, mindful care. The program will bring a PCTI-informed approach to the community which is not currently being offered in local partner agencies and will serve as a learning opportunity for the community as a whole. 




Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Services 

West Palm Beach, FL 

AJFCS proposes to enhance its outreach and innovative Holocaust Survivor cultural competence training for healthcare, financial, legal and mental health professionals to ensure a better understanding and improved community-wide service network to Holocaust Survivors and their families. The goal is to advance the provision of care to Survivors and their families, through a focused person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) approach. Proposed enhancement of direct services to Holocaust Survivors and their families results in increasingly sensitive PCTI care by providing unique mental health trauma interventions and specific outreach and services to caregivers of Survivors and assistance to Survivors from the Former Soviet Union (FSU). 


Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service of Palm Beach County, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL 

AJFCS offers two components in response to the revised proposed Holocaust program to advance Holocaust Survivors’ care.  First is the development and implementation of a train-the-trainer HonoringLife module. This enhanced cultural competence training for healthcare, financial, legal and mental health professionals ensures wider access for the purpose of establishing a better understanding and improved community-wide service network to Holocaust Survivors and their families. A train-the-trainer model provides ongoing sustainability approach to supporting a person-centered, trauma-informed care community. The enhancement of direct services to Holocaust Survivors and their families focuses on services to caregivers, primarily 2nd generation Survivors.  The second is outreach to caregivers to provide enhanced support to aging relatives. Caregivers’ psycho-educational programing and support groups focus on trauma-related family issues, decision-making skills, and support techniques. Referrals to community resources are offered to support their caregiving role and optimize the independence of their aging Survivor relatives. 


Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services 

Clearwater, FL 

The Holocaust Survivor PCTI training for caregivers provides an essential understanding of trauma as a whole, the unique effects of Holocaust-originated trauma on the aging process, and guidance on identifying triggers to avoid. Caregivers work daily with 100 homecare clients; however, they are not formally trained in PCTI and have limited knowledge of the Holocaust. The caregivers currently assist with daily activities without specific knowledge of the unique security and emotional needs of Holocaust Survivors. The PCTI training infuses caregivers with this knowledge, resulting in more patient-centered care, enhanced emotional well-being, and increased trust between the Survivor and caregiver 


The three main goals of the program are increased understanding of PCTI principles and applications to Holocaust Survivors, increased training capability of the Homecare Agencies with a train-the-trainer approach, and increased Survivor satisfaction with homecare services. 


This training has become part of the Holocaust Survivor Program core offering and provides better PCTI care to support homecare program expansion. 


Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Inc.

North Miami, Florida 

Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) has expanded its Holocaust Survivor Assistance program through the provision of case management services for a maximum of 35 hard to serve Survivors currently residing in nursing homes or assisted living facilities (ALF) in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  Services provided via JCS’ Holocaust Survivor Assistance program allow for Survivors in need to receive consistent, community-based continuity of care. In an effort to reduce the risk of re-traumatization, JCS has extended its case management services to residents transitioning into nursing homes and/or assisted living facilities. 


Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL 

Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) is the premiere case management agency in Northeast Florida, wrapping services around families in crisis to prevent homelessness, hunger, abuse and isolation. Since 2015, JFCS has chosen to care for Holocaust Survivors in Palm Coast, a neighboring community with no designated Survivor resources. JFCS created a holistic wellness program for food-insecure, poverty-stricken Holocaust Survivors from the former Soviet Union living in Palm Coast. Customized bags of fresh and non-perishable food, individualized nutritional counseling, and PCTI culinary art therapy workshops help Survivors exert more control over their health and prevent premature institutionalization. 


Ruth & Normal Rales Jewish Family Services 

Boca Raton, FL 

There is an acute risk of re-traumatization triggered by seemingly benign words and actions in the course of senior care. A loud sound, a confined space, medical questions, even a white lab 

coat can be triggers for Holocaust Survivors suffering from PTSD. The JFS Holocaust Survivor Person Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) Program responds to this need with a primary focus on community-wide education. The goals of this program are increased accessibility to compassionate care for Survivors fostering a culture of sensitivity, educating professionals throughout the community regarding the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by Survivors, and provision of the highest quality of care to Survivors. 


 Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc. 

 Clearwater, FL 

 CHAI - An Innovative Program to Connect Holocaust Survivors with Technology and Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Wellness.  The GCJFCS CHAI program will complement the existing services of our Holocaust Survivor Program while striving to enhance survivors’ overall quality of life. Guided by principles of PCTI care, leveraging community resources, and employing innovative technology, CHAI is designed to address a number of currently unmet needs in the greater Tampa Bay region. Specifically, CHAI will increase survivors’ physical and mental wellness, increase their connections to family and community, thereby decreasing isolation, and will decrease trauma and anxiety during challenging transitions to inpatient care. 


Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services 

Boca Raton, FL 

The Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) Person Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) Creative Expression and Community Engagement Program (CECE) builds upon the knowledge gained since implementing the JFS Holocaust Survivor PCTI Program in 2016. The CECE program delves further into providing PCTI services to survivors by utilizing new models of care including expressive arts and mindfulness, as well as providing tools and support to prepare and protect survivors facing natural disasters and scams. The overriding goal of the program is for survivors to gain an increased sense of health, happiness, support, and safety in their community and homes. 


Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman JFS of Broward County, Inc. 

Davie, FL 

GJFS will use JFNA grant funds to create PCTI training materials and conduct training for those who provide services to our Holocaust survivor clients, including staff, volunteers and home health care aides. We will also offer training to healthcare professionals and community members who are involved with Holocaust survivors, including students or family members. The training will be developed to specifically take into account two recent traumatic incidents in our Broward community of Hurricane Irma and the Parkland school shootings. The ultimate goal is to provide optimum care for our survivors and increased competency and understanding for our service providers. 


Lola and Saul Kramer Senior Services Agency 

West Palm Beach, FL 

Kramer Senior Services Agency (Kramer) is proposing a partnership with NEXT GENERATIONS of Holocaust Survivors (NG) to offer strategic community outreach and facilitated psycho-educational activities to child Survivors. Child Survivors were children during the Holocaust, born before 1928 who were approximately 17 years old at the end of WWII. This program will address an unmet need in the community. Child Survivors have unique needs, manifested during the aging process, which may result in significant emotional confusion, isolation and physical deterioration. This proposal offers professional support to help Survivors understand and deal with childhood loss, exacerbated by aging.  




Jewish Family & Career Services, Inc.

Atlanta, GA 

Jewish Family & Career Services, Inc. (JF&CS) in Atlanta, Georgia, provides innovative, holistic programming and supportive services in such areas as transportation; food and income security; social networking and de-isolation; counseling and mental health; and primary/physical health, safety and welfare utilizing a person-centered, trauma-informed approach for Holocaust Survivors and their caregivers in an effort to promote dignity, strength and empowerment. Funding enables JF&CS to expand current program offerings to 150 Holocaust Survivors, with an emphasis on serving those living in poverty, Survivors from the Former Soviet Union and Survivors from the Orthodox Jewish community, including sucactivities as Case Management, Information and Referrals, physical, spiritual and emotional wellness; includes workshops and group and individual counseling, a Food Security Program which provides nutritional counseling and access to the agency’s Kosher Food Pantry and “Giving Garden”, safety evaluations and home safety modifications, as well as social and intergenerational events. 




CJE SeniorLife 

Chicago, IL 

Holocaust Community Services’ Outreach Program is an innovative community-based program that promotes well-being in physical and emotional/mental health, and increases service accessibility by bringing mental health and support services to Survivors in their own language and locations. It includes three primary components.  The first component is community health education programming using evidence-based models, focusing on Survivors’ independence and competencies to address chronic health issues and risks.  The second is in-home and community-based mental health counseling and clinical case-management, sensitive to trauma-related and cultural barriers to traditional psychotherapy models and to Survivors’ individual triggers, vulnerabilities, and coping mechanisms.  The third is isolation-reduction via companionship programs with volunteers receiving PCTI training to best support Survivors, and community-based computer classes, helping Survivors maintain “virtual” family and community connections. 


The program targets two significantly under-served groups: Survivors from the Former Soviet Union who have language- and poverty-related challenges and isolated/home-bound Survivors who have accessibility challenges due to age-related declines. 


CJE SeniorLife 

Chicago, IL 

Holocaust Community Services’ PCTI Outreach Program, an innovative community-based program, promotes well-being in physical and emotional/mental health, reduces social isolation, and increases service accessibility to under-served Survivors from the Former Soviet Union or those isolated Survivors who struggle with accessibility by bringing services to Survivors in their own language and locations. The program includes three components.  The first is PCTI Clinical Services and Professional Trainings in the form of mental health counseling and services for Survivors who may be averse to traditional psychotherapy; PCTI training within CJE SeniorLife and partners, and; staff training on PCTI Creative Arts therapies.  The second is Health & Wellness Programs adapted from evidence-based models and focusing on Survivors’ independence and competencies to address on relevant topics.  The third is enhanced community connections programs: computer classes and tech support that reduce isolation and increase independence; a Skype-based class connecting Survivors with grandchildren and students; and, community-based conversational English groups. 


Generations Housing Initiative 

Chicago, IL 

Generations Housing Initiatives will provide Person-Centered Trauma-Informed (PCTI) in-home counseling and wellness groups to address the needs of Holocaust Survivors aging in place in our affordable housing communities. For low-income Survivors, loss of social supports, independence, and health and cognitive declines, are new losses due to aging which can re-traumatize the individual and create further social isolation. Wellness groups will seek to reduce isolation amongst Survivors through strategic communal activities, while teaching skills to improve health outcomes and reduce hospitalizations among Survivors. In-home counseling will seek to increase the locus of control among Survivors, increase positive outlooks regarding aging.  




Jewish Family Services 

Indianapolis, IN 

JFS is expanding its services and outreach to Survivors in the Indianapolis area and surrounding communities through the KAVOD program. Survivors from the FSU in particular are an under- served population and this grant allows for greater outreach to that population to reduce barriers to service and reduce the social isolation currently plaguing that community. In addition, this grant allows JFS to hire a Russian-speaking staff member and train its staff to better recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in Survivors and their family members and respond with knowledge of best practices of treating trauma. The goals of KAVOD include making services currently offered by JFS more accessible to Survivors by removing barriers to service, and initiating group activities for the large population of Survivors from the FSU to provide an opportunity for socialization and present coping strategies that prevent re- traumatization. 




Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City 

Overland Park, KS 

Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City’s (JFCS) project incorporates Person Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) care into its Older Adult Care Management Program (and the broader agency and service community) and expands its capacity to serve and support Holocaust Survivors using PCTI-based principles. Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City accomplishes these in two ways.  First, by expanding the capacity to directly serve the Survivor population by adding a part-time, bi-lingual, PCTI trained care manager to serve 50 or more low income, Holocaust Survivors from the former Soviet Union.  Second, by providing PCTI training and consultation to those who serve and interact with Survivors: other program staff, agency staff, private homecare providers who work with Survivors, caregivers (formal and informal), other Jewish organization staff (e.g. Jewish Community Center, congregations), volunteer drivers, and food pantry volunteers 




Jewish Family & Career Services 

Louisville, KY 

The program provides a combination of respite and homemaker services intended to support Survivors and their family systems. Each Survivor ultimately benefits further from relief provided to family caregivers, thus preserving their capacity for continued support and extending Jewish Family & Career Services’ (JFCS) ability to serve more Survivors with limited funding. JFCS believes, based on JFCS’ experiences serving this population, that providing regularly scheduled service to perform particular tasks reinforces the Survivors’ ability to maintain independence. Some clients served by this project require more than minimal assistance, and Jewish Family & Career Services revises its strategy on an individual basis as needed. In the spirit of operating a program that is based on person-centered planning, client voice and choice drive the plan. 





Jewish Family & Children's Service 

Waltham, MA 

The funded project offers an innovative combination of social programming and PCTI case management to reach underserved Russian-speaking Survivors living in Greater Boston’s North Shore communities. Program components include conducting intensive outreach on the North Shore, sponsoring a monthly social/cultural program for North Shore Survivors modeled after JF&CS’s Café Hakalah in Brookline, and “Embedding” a Russian-speaking case manager at the monthly gatherings to support PCTI service delivery.  The monthly social events alleviate the social isolation that so many aging Survivors are experiencing, particularly those with limited English proficiency. Through her regular presence at these events, the bilingual social worker builds trusting relationships with participants that facilitate PCTI service delivery when they are facing health crises, stressful transitions, or emergency situations. 




Jewish Community Services 

Baltimore, MD 

The JCS program builds a trauma-informed community by increasing professional and community awareness about the issues and needs of Holocaust Survivors as a result of their unique traumatic experiences.  JCS enhances the competency and capacity of professionals, institutions and families caring for Survivors. In addition to JCS staff, the program targets other key service providers including hospice providers, home care agencies, physicians, and long- term care, assisted living, and rehabilitation facilities, as well as family caregivers. 


Components include community-based programs on the long-term effects of Holocaust trauma, its impact on individuals and families, and PCTI concepts; an extensive and ongoing PCTI professional development program for JCS staff who work with the Survivor population; and preparation of select JCS professionals to serve as trainers and consultants to external organizations who provide care and services to Survivors. 


Jewish Social Service Agency 

Rockville, MD 

Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) is expanding its PCTI-infused direct services to address the most critical unmet needs among Survivors already on the caseload, and those waiting to enroll. JSSA’s goal is to minimize the trauma associated with “waiting for help” and to honor Survivors’ need for home-based services that enable them to remain safely in their homes, avoiding institutionalization. JSSA offers new services to its Survivors that aim to improve their experience in their communities. In addition to homecare work, JSSA provides a new robust Russian-language lending library, small socialization events, a Holocaust Survivor Advisory group that explores innovative care ideas, PCTI training for staff and outside agencies, and a volunteer food delivery program. Through this work, JSSA is becoming even stronger in its trauma-informed approach to serving its Survivor caseload. 


Jewish Social Service Agency 

Rockville, MD 

JSSA seeks support from the Jewish Federations of North America to: expand volunteer engagement; utilize small scale events to foster sustaining friendships; develop a pilot program recruiting college students to help Holocaust survivors use technology; further develop our PCTI [patient-centered trauma informed] care management model; train more senior services professionals in PCTI; and to develop new PCTI training for caregiving staff.  These interventions will help aging Survivors with growing needs to maintain their health, independence, and dignity and avoid hospitalizations and institutionalization; increase program sustainability, increase intergenerational and volunteer engagement; expand dissemination of PCTI services as best practice. 




Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit 

West Bloomfield, MI 

This program utilizes an innovative model of service enhancement, using technology to reach and provide access to services for isolated Holocaust Survivors. The program also utilizes a previously developed innovative PCTI care training curriculum to provide a PCTI framework for other trainings on aging issues and disseminate them to professionals serving older adults across the state, with a focus on healthcare professionals and informal caregivers. The goals of the program are to reduce social isolation, increase cognitive and mental health wellness, and improve quality of life of Survivors. Multiple approaches are utilized, including individual and group mentoring for use of technology through the Generations Online training curriculum, which includes a Russian translation, providing individual and group mentoring and support access to a Virtual Senior Center, provided by Selfhelp, and using mobile technology to access and provide services to homebound Survivors. 


Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit 

West Bloomfield, MI 

The project focuses on developing a better collective understanding of trauma and the effects of trauma throughout the life cycle, ensuring that more Survivors find their path to healing and emotional wellness. JFS Detroit collaborates with subject matter experts to develop a training curriculum based on best and promising practices applied specifically to this population. The project’s innovation is in developing a training curriculum incorporating educational materials on Holocaust history and specific PTSD triggers in Holocaust Survivors with the promising and best practices on trauma informed practice and communities. Project staff also are becoming members of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, completing the Advanced Training Certificate program, and engaging with the Aging, Trauma, and Lifecourse Special Interest Group. The project serves 400 Survivors and 130 professionals and family caregivers through additional expanded programs/services, representing its joint response to the array of needs and gaps in services in Flint, Ann Arbor, and Detroit area communities. 


Jewish Family Service of Washtenaw County 

Ann Arbor, MI 

Through this proposal, Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County (JFS Washtenaw) will implement new community programming, focused on supporting positive mental and physical health outcomes of participants, expand the agency's current partnership with Jewish Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit (JFS Detroit), and with JFS Detroit, bring developed PCTI trainings to Washtenaw County home care and healthcare providers. JFS Detroit will implement programming focused on addressing social isolation of survivors in Southeast Michigan and the Flint area. 




Jewish Family Service of St. Paul 

St. Paul, MN 

In the Twin Cities, the largest unmet needs of Former Soviet Union Holocaust Survivors are in the areas of isolation, inability to successfully engage in community life and difficulty accessing benefits and services. The need for caregiver support is well documented and the children of Holocaust Survivors face additional and unique emotional challenges in caring for their parents. JFS intends to implement this program to work with Survivors in our community to organize themselves and design activities that will address these challenges. JFS currently works with our Survivors and intends to improve our services with PCTI training for all appropriate staff. 



North Carolina 


Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte 

Charlotte, NC 

Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte (JFS) is implementing an initiative with three program components that engage and respond to the needs and interests of Holocaust Survivors in JFS's community. These initiatives include socialization activities, support to caregivers of Survivors, and capturing the life stories and experiences of the community’s Survivors. 


Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary 

Raleigh, NC 

The Kesher Program will provide group drama therapy to Holocaust survivors. A drama therapist will work with a group of survivors to help them process their experiences and increase resiliency through PCTI-based perspectives. Each year culminates in a performance for family, caregivers, and the community. Survivors receive telephone outreach and access to other JFS services. Kesher includes free transportation to sessions and hot meals eaten together. The goal is to use drama therapy to improve the mental health of Holocaust survivors by reducing physical and social isolation and to increase survivors’ accessibility to basic needs, social services and community life. 


New Jersey 


Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey 

Teaneck, NJ 

Many Holocaust Survivors age in their own homes with assistance from home health aides. For low-income Survivors, the cost of this care is covered by the Claims Conference. However, when a Survivor enters a hospital or rehabilitation facility, services stop. Yet for Survivors, this is the time when the assistance of their trusted aide is needed more than ever. “You’re Not Alone Companion Care” ensures that aides can provide emotional support, companionship, and bedside assistance while a Survivor is in inpatient care, thereby reducing incidents of trauma- induced agitation and the indignity of not having personal needs met during this vulnerable time. 


Jewish Family Service Agency of Central New Jersey 

Elizabeth, NJ 

This grant allows the Jewish Family Service Agency of Central NJ (JFSA) to develop innovative methods using Person-Centered Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care to identify and serve Holocaust Survivors from the Former Soviet Union, within the Orthodox community, and other Holocaust Survivors through a nurse/social worker collaborative team. JFSA new Crossroads Caregivers Support Program provides individual support to caregivers, Caregiver support groups, and Caregiver conferences. The Jewish Family Service Agency of Central NJ offers tools for Caregivers including a website, webinars, Tip Sheets for Caregivers, and Guidelines for Healthcare Providers to ensure Survivors receive PCTI care from healthcare professionals. Working closely with Holocaust Survivors, Caregivers and a wide range of stakeholders ensure that the project addresses the specific needs of Holocaust Survivors and their Caregivers in Union County. The lessons learned and products developed are made available nationally to other organizations working with Holocaust Survivors as well as those working with other older populations who have survived life-changing trauma. 


Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey 

Elizabeth, NJ 

This proposal combines innovative interventions with enhancement of existing programs. Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey addresses social isolation and caregiver stress by offering 27 Person Centered, Trauma Informed Survivor social programs36 family caregiver support programs16 events geared towards Former Soviet Union Survivors, and 15 professional/community caregiver support programs. 


Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey developed evaluation tools specific to its program, making a replicable PCTI evidence- based model to present at conferences and publish in reports. These services are enhanced by offering one on one Dialectical Behavior Therapy counseling, trauma-sensitive yoga therapy, individual consultations and case management. Transportation services have been expanded to increase the accessibility of programming. This direct service impacts 425 individuals, and as a result of dissemination many more are reached. 


Jewish Family & Children's Service, an agency of Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey 

Cherry Hill, NJ 

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of SNJ is a premier social service agency, caring for the elderly for nearly 75 years, and Holocaust Survivors for over 20 years. Our innovative and new Hope and Healing Workshops will offer trauma-informed therapeutic groups for our most isolated Survivors. Our primary goal is to promote the emotional and physical well-being of the participants. A PCTI based assessment tool will be used, followed by monthly evaluations to assess each client’s progress. In a safe environment, participants will learn strategies for coping with anxiety and stress, feel empowered to share emotions, and foster human connection. 


Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties 

Margate, NJ 

JFS requests funding to deliver community-education workshops and in-home therapies to Holocaust survivors and caregivers. In two years, 50 workshops will be delivered to at least 250 medical/social services professionals; workshops will cover Person Centered Trauma Informed Care and how to avoid retraumatizing survivors and their second and third generation caregivers. The project will bring a proven model, currently implemented in Boca Raton, Florida by Ruth & Norman Rales JFS, to Atlantic County, New Jersey. It will build upon existing tools with information and resources on the unique needs of family caregivers. Upon completion, JFS's materials will be available nationally. 


Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Monmouth County 

Asbury Park, NJ 

Preserving ones dignity in the final years of life for any elderly person is daunting with many variables affecting the quality of life, for Holocaust survivors past trauma adds to the challenge. Our proposal for ‘Enhanced Survivor Services’ includes expanded case management and adds wellness services, in home counseling, adult child support groups, increased access to socialization events and aging in place care plans. Through a full time social worker and per diem staff, targeted outcomes include: preventative healthcare, in home safety, addressing social isolation, aging in place issues, improving mental health and a group for adult children of survivors.  


Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey 

Florham Park, NJ 

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ will support children of Holocaust Survivors, the “Second Generation,” in order to improve the care they give to their loved ones. Programming will include a monthly caregiver support group, mental health counseling, a caregiver helpline, and quarterly seminars educating family caregivers on how the trauma of the Holocaust impacts how Survivors’ experience and relate to the world. The goals of this program are: (1) to reduce self-reported feelings of caregiver stress and improve self-care, and (2) to increase caregivers’ understanding and awareness of the multitude of issues that directly result from the Holocaust.  


The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies & Uniper Cares 

Paramus, NJ 

The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (The Network) is pleased to submit this application as lead agency on behalf of the following Network member agencies: Kings Bay Y, Brooklyn, NY Jewish Family Service, Cincinnati, OH Jewish Social Service Agency, Rockville, MD The Blue Card, New York, NY JFCS of the Suncoast, Sarasota, FL JFCS of Greater Philadelphia, PA CJE SeniorLife, Chicago, IL With this application, these 7 participating agencies are seeking funding to support technology costs associated with implementing Uniper Cares, a television platform which virtually connects home bound seniors with community programming and case management support, 


New York 


Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst 

Brooklyn, NY 

Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House (JCH) is establishing the Marks JCH Center for End of Life Care to address end of life planning needs of Holocaust Survivors and their adult children. This initiative serves to educate Survivors and their children about the benefits of end of life planning, train staff to facilitate end of life care conversations in Russian, and provide end-of-life pastoral support for Holocaust Survivors and their adult children caregivers and family members in the Russian-speaking community. 


Marks JCH is hiring additional staff and training existing staff, making use of existing reputable training programs that focus on providing trauma-informed care to those facing end of life. 


Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst 

Brooklyn, NY 

Building on its nearly 3 decades of experience helping Russian-speaking Jewish Survivors, leveraging the expertise gained through its current UJA-Federation of New York, Claims Conference, NY City Council, and JFNA-funded programs serving Survivors, Marks JCH attends to the unmet need to address memory loss and dementia among Russian-speaking Holocaust Survivors and Nazi Victims. The program improves the quality of life for Survivors facing memory challenges. 


Guardians of the Sick, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY 

Three initiatives grounded in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed principles support the mental health, physical health, and social integration of Holocaust Survivors in the Jewish Orthodox community: 

The first offering is monthly education-training sessions for family caregivers of Holocaust Survivors, in order to improve caregiving practices, while addressing the mental health and self-care needs of family caregivers. A list of recommended resources for family caregivers has been created and made available for participants, community members, and online for the wider community. Second Guardians of the Sick offers PCTI-based training for Home Health Aides providing care to Holocaust Survivors to enhance skills in recognizing special issues related to the life experience of Holocaust Survivors, and teach best practices for caregiving responsive to those issues.  The third program is recruitment, PCTI training, and ongoing support of community volunteers to develop groups of mature volunteers to visit Survivors with special needs (those with low vision, and those diagnosed with dementia), and youth volunteers for community and nursing home visitation. 


Jewish Community Council of Canarsie 

Brooklyn, NY 

The Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, in partnership with Tomchei Shabbos of Queens and Project Lead, provides information and referral, food assistance, home visitations, case management services, and special events to at-risk and needy Holocaust Survivors throughout Southeastern Brooklyn and Queens County. A support network of trained volunteers is engaged to supplement professional paid staff services. PCTI trainings and workshops are made available 

to professional staff, volunteers, as well as neighboring minority and émigré social service agencies in the Canarsie and Starrett City areas. 


Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula 

Far Rockaway, NY 

The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) has served the Rockaway Peninsula for the past 45 years. The JCCRP runs a program to provide vulnerable and poor Holocaust Survivors, many from the Former Soviet Union, with safe and supportive access to the Client Choice Food Pantry, food delivery and home visits to the fragile homebound and increased case management and advocacy services. JCCRP staff members attend training in PCTI-based care and actively disseminate knowledge of PCTI principles to its own staff and additional organizations in the aging services and food distribution networks. 


Jewish Family Service of Orange County 

Middletown, NY 

Jewish Family Service of Orange County (JFSOC) incorporates elements of the PCTI approach to offer case management and a variety of in-home services to Holocaust Survivors and their caregivers living in the village of Kyrias Joel and in the general Orange County community. Case managers assist in coordinating a variety of services, some of which is provided by trained volunteers. These include supportive visits, grocery shopping, transportation, reassurance telephone calls, and social model day programs. JFSOC is expanding its volunteer recruitment to enlist volunteers who are receiving additional training in the PCTI approach and the culture of the Kyrias Joel community. Counselors visit caregivers to provide education and training in order to enhance their coping skills. JFSOC are developing a PCTI informed and culturally sensitive outreach program to inform the community of the increased services available to Holocaust Survivors and their caregivers. 


Jewish Family Service of Orange County 

Middletown, NY 

Jewish Family Service of Orange County addresses accessibility needs and mental health/social isolation issues of Holocaust Survivors by delivering three programs. A case manager is embedded in a local Orthodox community to offer direct services to Survivors and provide PCTI training to staff. Holistic practitioners strengthen participants’ ability to cope with trauma and stress by offering methods of self-care. Creative arts therapists use PCTI methods in expressing Survivors’ experiences through songwriting and the arts, giving Holocaust Survivors a voice in sharing their stories. 


Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Inc.

Rochester, NY 

Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Inc. (JFSR) runs a program for Holocaust Survivors that provides expanded and enhanced services to the residents of its Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) located at the Ellison Park Apartments. Sixty Survivors from the former Soviet Union currently reside at the NORC. They are all living at or near the poverty level. PCTI principles are used in all facets of program delivery. 


The program has several components.  First is wellness, for which the NORC hosts a low impact exercise class on site. Second is accessibility/transportation. JFSR is expanding its group transportation services to NORC residents and provides individual and small group rides at no cost to Survivors through an expansion of the JFS Express transportation program.  Thirdly, socialization:  JFSR offers new opportunities for Survivors to take part in spiritual and cultural programs in the community and on-site Jewish Holiday celebrations. The last component is family caregiving. JFSR provides up to 3 hours per week of individual support and assistance to caregivers of NORC residents focused on their questions and concerns about their elderly loved one and counseling regarding caregiver stress 


Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty 

New York, NY 

This Holocaust Survivor Innovations grant provides socialization programs and case work to Holocaust Survivors using person-centered, trauma-informed care principles. Together with several Jewish Community Councils, services are focused on low-income Survivors from Orthodox and/or Russian backgrounds. The monthly socialization programs provide a kosher meal and fun cultural programming to lift the spirits of this increasingly homebound population. One major focus is providing appropriate transportation to aging and less mobile Survivors. The socialization programs are both a recruitment tool to build a client list and an opportunity for clients to have an informal check-in with their social worker. Each client receives an initial assessment and be provided services as needed from the ongoing services of Met Council, (including benefits enrollment, food pantry access and crisis intervention) and referrals to other agencies. 


Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty 

New York, NY 

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (MCJP) has over 40 years’ experience working with Holocaust Survivors. The program aggressively identifies and reaches out to the most isolated and at-risk segment of the Survivor population: those who are homebound, for both physical and psychological reasons, and almost completely disconnected from any outside community or support network. MCJP work on reconnecting them to decrease the effects of depression and isolation using PCTI approaches. Collaboration with community partners to identify clients and assess barriers to socialization is crucial, and MCJP is working on data analysis for a large-scope report. 


Older Adults Technology Service, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY 

Founded in 2004, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) pioneers innovative training and education models that harness the power of technology to change the way people age. These models have been widely adopted by providers, public agencies, and corporations seeking to improve the lives of older adults. OATS is creating a new program for Holocaust Survivors to support digital technology adoption and meaningful use using Person-Centered Trauma- Informed design and award-winning methodology and materials. The program is being developed as a replicable program model that can be shared with other organizations through the JFNA network that work with Holocaust Survivors, and OATS is providing materials and support for them to run the program. OATS is developing the curriculum materials and piloting the program with Holocaust Survivors in New York in Year One, and is developing a training program and materials to support JFNA partners across the country who wish to implement the program to help the Survivors they serve in Year Two. 


Pesach Tikvah 

Brooklyn, NY 

Pesach Tikvah uses a three-pronged Person Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) approach to benefit Holocaust Survivors in their catchment area.  First, PCTI Care Management program designates one person to serve as the primary contact for Pesach Tikvah’s clients, their family members or appointed caregive and the social and health care services the client accesses.  Second, Pesach Tikvah offers PCTI training for the Care Managers, clinicians, volunteers and administrative staff associated with Pesach Tikvah’s Geriatric Service Divisions. Services are also offered to staff at other area agencies serving Survivors, thereby promoting PCTI culture throughout the region.  Lastly, Pesach Tikvah offers an expansion of highly successful pilot socialization groups, including an innovative translation group offered in collaboration with the Kleinman Holocaust Education Center. Through this program, Survivors have the opportunity to work on translating important Holocaust-era documents. This program affords participants socialization opportunities while giving them the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to Holocaust remembrance.  Additionally, it offers a socialization group for individuals with memory loss and their spouses with culturally appropriate socialization programming for this population. Pesach Tikvah’s program is informed by clinical research and observation, and is treatment oriented. The goal is to enhance quality of life by awakening the available cognition function to its maximum potential while reducing depression and anxiety and promoting mood stability. 



Pesach Tikvah Door of Hope 

Brooklyn, NY 

Pesach Tikvah is creating three projects.  First, Pesach Tikvah is creating three weekly mini-support groups of approximately five Survivors each. These meetings are located close to the residence of each attendee, so that they can walk over or come by wheelchair. The goal is to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression by reducing isolation and creating a sense of purpose and of being needed.  Second, frail, male Holocaust Survivors in Williamsburg are largely excluded from the rich sources of socialization, spiritual nurturance, and education traditionally provided by the synagogue. Pesach Tikvah is creating a monthly men’s group which replicates these traditional supports. The goal is to serve between fifteen and twenty male Survivors who have, until now, been receiving only home visits. Event space was donated by one of the local shuls in Williamsburg. A Yiddish speaking social worker was hired to coordinate this program. Lastly, Pesach Tikvah ran an intensive two-day training conference for caregivers. It provided much needed information, respite, and emotional support. Pesach Tikvah had around 50 attendees. 


Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.

New York, NY 

Founded in 1936 by refugees from Germany escaping Nazi persecution, Selfhelp is the largest provider of comprehensive services to Nazi victims in North America, with seven community- based offices in New York City and Nassau County. JFNA funding is being used to increase the capacity of Selfhelp’s Nazi Victim Services Program by hiring seven new culturally competent staff to deliver enhanced case management services to 300 new clients, including 240 from the Former Soviet Union, and to expand outreach to Russian-speaking clients throughout New York City. 


The funds also support social programs, Virtual Senior Center, legal services, and an agency- wide staff training initiative that intensifies Selfhelp's commitment to PCTI care. Funds arw used to support Selhelp’s fifth Conference for Professionals Working with Holocaust Survivors, which focuses on PCTI and takes place in collaboration with JFNA, the Claims Conference, and UJA-Federation of New York. 


Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.

New York, NY 

Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center (VSC) is a unique service platform designed to engage and serve socially isolated older adults, most of whom are homebound due to multiple chronic conditions. Selfhelp’s VSC platform features classes tailored to meet the needs of Holocaust Survivors. While Survivors are free to participate in all VSC classes, the content on the Holocaust Survivor platform is open only to Survivor clients. Skilled facilitators who are trained in the provision of PCTI services, either social workers within the Holocaust Survivor program or specially trained volunteers, facilitate classes in a manner attuned to the needs and issues of this traumatized population. A Current Events class, for example, would be experienced very differently by the Survivor group than by the general VSC population: A discussion on recent events in Charlottesville might evoke traumatic memories for Survivors; the same might not be the case with the general VSC population. In a closed group, with other Survivors, they have the opportunity to process these feelings with other people who have a similar traumatic history, and the class may take on a therapeutic aspect. 


Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.

New York, NY 

Selfhelp is establishing a community linkage outreach program to connect with New York City Holocaust Survivors who are currently unserved. Activities include direct outreach and social events to introduce Survivors to the program, as well as training various stakeholders to identify Survivors and provide their own services using a person-centered, trauma-informed approach. 


The stakeholders include homecare agencies, managed long-term care plans, social services programs, Interagency Councils on Aging, and hospital discharge planners 


Selfhelp is also developing a tool for wider dissemination of lessons learned and models developed, related to the outreach and PCTI training efforts. This tool may take the form of a manual, journal article, or professional presentation. While outreach is the primary focus of the program, some funds are also being used to provide direct services for Survivors introduced to the program through said outreach activities. 


The Blue Card, Inc.

New York, NY 

The Blue Card, an organization with a long history of providing aid and assistance to Holocaust Survivorsis developing PCTI Training for the Medical Professional. As Survivors age, their healthcare needs increase. For many Survivors, visiting dentists or doctors triggers the trauma they experienced. Few healthcare personnel have training in identifying or treating Holocaust Survivors. Each program year focuses on teaching a different audience. Year 1 focuses on dentists who are part of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. Year 2 focuses on physicians from two NYC hospitals who serve large numbers of Holocaust Survivors.  Additionally, workshops and follow-up are presented through face-to-face sessions, webinars, and teleconferencing.  This program provides training and insight on how to identify Survivors and how to provide appropriate PCTI services. 


Guardians of the Sick 

Brooklyn, NY 

Guardians of the Sick will provide PCTI training to three participant groups, to strengthen community capacity for sensitive, effective caregiving and support on behalf of survivors transitioning into long-term care facilities. (1) Agency staff will participate in a series of PCTI trainings spanning both years of the grant period. (2) PCTI trainings will be provided to multi-disciplinary caregivers in three local LTC facilities serving a substantial number of Holocaust survivors. (3) A community-wide PCTI training session will be offered to family members of survivors transitioning into long-term care, followed by a series of follow-up sessions for further information and guidance. 


Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. 

New York, NY 

Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. (Selfhelp) is the largest provider of comprehensive services to Holocaust survivors in North America. Building on its experience in PCTI care, Selfhelp proposes to expand and enhance mental health services for survivors in currently underserved areas of New York City. A Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse – specially-trained by partner Montefiore Medical Center – will make in-home visits to homebound survivors, providing them with assessment, ongoing evaluation, non-medical support, and referral. The project will provide support to family caregivers and psychoeducation to Selfhelp social workers and network care providers. This work will also translate well to other traumatized populations. 


Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Inc. 

New York, NY 

This innovative initiative brings supplemental food to 250 food-insufficient, isolated Holocaust survivors in high need NYC neighborhoods, so they have access to food in a dignified, convenient and PTCI-focused way, while addressing their overall health and quality of life needs. Using the Met Council Kosher Food Network’s new digital pantry system, PTCI-trained staff and volunteers assist homebound survivors to remotely access nutritious food from local pantries. Concomitantly, the social workers and trained volunteers work to help the otherwise homebound survivors begin to help themselves, access other support services and overcome their isolation by connecting with others in their community. 


Jewish Family Service of Orange County (NY) 

Middletown, NY 

We plan to offer opportunities for Holocaust survivors to learn self-care techniques, receive Holistic Nutritional Counseling and express themselves through music and works of visual art. These activities, enjoyed in their own homes, empower participants to improve their coping skills and to enrich their lives. The program will be offered by three Jewish Family Service (JFS) agencies that are partnering to serve clients in a six-county region. 


Pesach Tikvah Hope Development 

Brooklyn, NY 

Pesach Tikvah provides essential services to Holocaust survivors living in Brooklyn, New York, particularly in the Williamsburg neighborhood. Services include the provision of emergency funds on behalf of the Claims Conference, in-home visits, case management, supportive community, mental health, and many other services. Staff include community workers who are direct descendants of Holocaust survivors.  These community workers possess a unique understanding of the survivor population, and sensitivity to their needs, within the context of the terrible traumas they experienced in the Holocaust. Survivors and their caregivers are active partners in our programs; all administered and delivered with the greatest respect. 

Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst 

Brooklyn, NY 

For nearly 30 years, the Marks JCH has served immigrants from the former Soviet Union as a gateway to life in America, including recent programs supporting Holocaust survivors through JFNA’s Bravo and Charlie Cohorts. The proposed program will address the mental health of Russian-speaking survivors and educate caregivers (family members and home aides) on PCTI care. The program will connect survivors with mental health support options, reduce isolation, educate caregivers, and will mitigate the stigma associated with mental health among the target population. It also will scale the Marks JCH’s end of life planning initiatives through training of partner agency staff. 


The Blue Card 

New York, NY 

Partnering with The Russel Berrie Institute of Simulation Learning (ISL) at Holy Name Hospital, The Blue Card will develop a Virtual PCTI Training for Medical Professionals—a web-based simulation learning module that offers an innovative approach to training, providing insight to medical professionals to identify Holocaust survivor patients, and provide Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) services. The goal of the program is to reach as many medical professionals as possible to equip them with the correct tools needed to provide healthcare services to Holocaust survivors who experience trauma. The program will continue teaching medical professionals after JFNA funding since it is web-based. 


MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care 

New York, NY 

Since 1980, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care has provided culturally sensitive end-of-life care to Holocaust survivors in the NYC area that has the highest concentration of survivors in the US. We propose three programs to meet the needs of vulnerable survivors at end-of-life. 1.Delivery of creative arts therapy to transcend and resolve trauma-related issues of spiritual, emotional, and psychosocial pain. 2.Digital educational tools aimed at healthcare professionals caring for survivors. 3.Implementation of an annual holocaust museum program for healthcare professionals to educate them about the impact of trauma on survivors/families, and how trauma surfaces during advanced illness and the end of life. 

DOROT, Inc. 

New York, NY 

DOROT will adapt two programs to better suit the needs of clients who are Holocaust Survivors, engage them in more programming, and foster a deeper sense of community. Using the PCTI approach, we will match survivors with volunteers to create Legacy projects to reflect on their lives and transmit their wisdom and beliefs to younger generations. Volunteers and seniors will work together to create physical manifestations of their legacies (e.g.: oral history project, documentary film, or other multimedia account). We will also bring music into survivors’ homes through live concerts performed by musicians who can speak the recipients’ native language, if desired.  


Menorah Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 

Brooklyn, NY 

Following a PCTI assessment process, Menorah Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation proposes three aims to prevent or manage potential crises in our residents who are Holocaust Survivors: 1) focus on natural supports, 2.) enhance caregiving through the education and trainings on PCTI care and 3.) make available opportunities for socialization, through art-based and intergenerational programming. Our expected outcomes of the program are to aide participants in developing coping methods through trauma-informed creative art therapies and prevent caregiving situations that may ignite re-traumatization. Quarterly focus groups will be held to evaluate impact, while ongoing fundraising efforts will occur to create sustainability. 


OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services 

Brooklyn, NY 

OHEL will provide PCTI mobile crisis intervention to 125 Holocaust survivors in NYC /Nassau County who are vulnerable, isolated and/or living in poverty. Licensed behavioral clinicians will provide short-term interventions to assess and address trauma-related conditions, and can facilitate a telehealth visit with a geriatric psychiatrist if necessary. Caregiver support, including support groups, will be offered. Staff will arrange for linguistically/culturally competent behavioral and/or medical care at OHEL/another provider as needed. Referrals will come from local home care, senior centers and social service agencies, hospitals and OHEL’s helpline. Staff will actively outreach to survivors and their families.  


Project Lead 

Richmond Hill, NY 

Project Lead, an innovative human service agency, caring for vulnerable needy and emigre survivors throughout Queens County for over 25 years, seeks to increase capacity and scope in providing quality services including food assistance, home visitations, special events, musical enrichment, case management services, volunteer trainings and services, supports for caregivers/second-generation individuals, ensuring an increased quality of life, independence, emotional, cognitive, and physical wellness, and the integration of PCTI values and concepts into all of our programming and those of our partners, and expanding into Southwest Nassau County and Southeastern Brooklyn through a collaboration with TSQ, and the JCC of Canarsie. 


Young Mens Young Womens Hebrew Association of Boro Park 

Brooklyn, NY 

The Boro Park Y's Club Nissim, a Day Program for Jewish Holocaust Survivors located in the Hasidic community of Borough Park, offers a dynamic social/recreational program for women four days each week serving 275 Survivors annually. There is the critical need to provide home based services and enriched center-based psycho-social program components to help Survivors when they struggle with complex situations and when urgent needs arise. Using a PCTI approach, the Boro Park Y proposes to add a full-time PCTI trained social worker that will provide home visits to homebound members as well as add psycho-social programming using PCTI approaches.  





Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland 

Beachwood, OH 

Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland (JFSAC) is hiring a Family Care Advocate to coordinate, oversee, resolve and address any problems that may arise in the delivery of care to Holocaust Survivors. Specifically, this position serves as the primary contact for JFSAC clients, their family members or appointed caregiver and the social and health care services the client accesses. 


Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati Area 

Cincinnati, OH 

Jewish Family Service (JFS) draws on its knowledge and history of providing PCTI care to pilot and implement its program, “Tablets and Technology: Alleviating Isolation in Holocaust Survivors.” Through this program, JFS staff and volunteers teach Survivors to use tablet technology that provides socialization opportunities and improves their quality of life. JFS’s trauma-informed program ensures that Survivors stay connected to the community, while also respecting their need for independence by teaching them how to communicate and interact with the world electronically. 


JFS’s Tablets and Technology program teaches at least 20 Russian- and English-speaking Holocaust Survivors, many of whom live below 150% of the federal poverty line, how to use a variety of programs to stay connected to friends and family. JFS uses the Generations Online curriculum, which was developed especially to help seniors for whom English is not their first language, become comfortable using new technology. The curriculum helps Survivors learn how to use FaceTime and Skype to connect with friends and family locally and internationally, email for written communication, internet searches for social and intellectual games, and YouTube for entertainment. JFS’s experienced staff adapts the curriculum to include trauma- informed approaches that address the unique needs of Holocaust Survivors. 


Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati Area 

Cincinnati, OH 

Jewish Family Service (JFS) is expanding and enhancing its Tablets & Technology program to further decrease isolation and depression among its most vulnerable Survivors. The program achieves several goals.  It expands program to support predominantly English-speaking Survivors who already own tablets and isolated, Russian-speaking Survivors living in smaller communities surrounding Cincinnati.  It disseminates English and Russian-language lectures (recorded and live-streamed), newsletters, and educational resources on important health and educational information that keeps Survivors with tablets engaged with their community.  It develops a “Level 2” technology training for Survivors seeking continued learning opportunities and information on using more advanced tablet functions.  It improves the engagement of Survivors experiencing memory loss by finding creative ways for their caregivers to access personalized and culturally-appropriate music solutions through their tablets.  Lastly, it supports the dissemination of JFS’ model and Russian translations to other Jewish Family Service agencies across the country. 


Jewish Family Services of Columbus 

Columbus, OH 

Project ARIEL is, in part, modeled after the Supportive Communities– Aging in Place in Israel (JDC-Eshel) of the Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel.  The model is both functional and integrative. It is functional because it acts as an umbrella over a vast array of activities of daily living. It is integrative because each component is connected to the others. Components of ARIEL include access of transportation to life-enriching destinations with Companion Care, and Person-Centered, Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Programming to help heal from trauma. 


The overarching goal of ARIEL is to improve quality of life by reducing feelings of isolation, increasing independence and engagement, creating a sense of safety and belonging, and improving overall mental health and life satisfaction. Jewish Family Services of Columbus has found that ARIEL improves self-reported measures of quality of life among participants after one year. 


Jewish Family Services 

Columbus, OH 

Jewish Family Services (JFS) considers its support to Holocaust Survivors to be the most important work it does. JFS is enhancing its program to better serve aging Survivors and deepen the community’s capacity to provide PCTI care. JFS is providing intergenerational companions to help aging Survivors socialize and decrease isolation, and engaging Survivors and community partners in developing cross-cultural PCTI programming to connect Survivors with other traumatized populations.  JFS’ intergenerational and cross-cultural partnerships are expanding PCTI expertise while also developing future sources of funding. 


Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland 

Beachwood, OH 

Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland (JFSA Cleveland) has served Holocaust Survivors in the Greater Cleveland area since 1996. The proposed project will establish outreach activities to identify unserved Survivors living in the Greater Akron area, assess psychosocial and functional needs, connect them to benefits and services, and provide caregiver education. It is anticipated that efforts will primarily be aimed at isolated, impoverished Survivors from the Former Soviet Union (FSU). It is further anticipated that this effort will become sustainable through Claims Conference (CC) and Blue Card (BC) funding. 


Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati Area 

Cincinnati, OH 

Leveraging our substantial expertise providing community-based care for Holocaust survivors, JFS Cincinnati will implement a program in partnership with a local long term care facility with the largest population of survivors to reduce isolation and to bridge the gap between survivors living in long term care and those in the community. Through this program we host monthly coffee clubs for English speaking survivors and Russian Tea for Russian speaking survivors. This gives opportunity for survivors, friends, volunteers and family to come into the long term care facility to visit with survivors and do a monthly activity. These programs are modeled after Café Europa.  Additionally, we want to give survivors in long term care an opportunity to leave and join JFS for an activity in the community. We will partner with a home care agency to provide 1:1 aides with survivors for outings.  





Jewish Family & Child Service 

Portland, OR 

Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS) pilots and refines evidence-based trauma-informed practices which foster an atmosphere of trust and healing among Russian-speaking Holocaust Survivors. When serving Survivors from the Former Soviet Union, JFCS must take their unique experiences into account and devise a specialized, culturally appropriate approach. JFCS is augmenting its current case management and homemaker services with an added counseling component based on the “Seeking Safety” model. This holistic approach combines group counseling sessions, meals and other socialization opportunities, a wellness component, and transportation assistance to and from program activities. The program’s goals are to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety among the Survivors served, offer activities promoting improved mental and physical health, and impart trauma-informed empowerment skills to participants that they can use indefinitely. JFCS hopes that positive outcomes serve as a gateway to further treatment and engagement, such as individual counseling and family support for caregivers. 


Jewish Family & Child Service 

Portland, OR 

This Jewish Family & Child Service program will augment our case management and home-care services using PCTI-intense approaches that address Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors’ behavioral health, as well as the behavioral health of our other clients. We will 1) conduct PCTI training for homemakers, other staff, volunteers, and partners who interact with survivors; and 2) integrate best practices agency-wide that view all clients and staff through a trauma-informed lens. The goal is to prevent re-traumatization, while also addressing transference and vicarious trauma among staff. The program integrates community partnerships that will position JFCS as a leader in PCTI care, particularly within Portland’s aging services network. 




Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia 

Philadelphia, PA 

The three main goals of JFCS’ program are to commit to the process of implementing and sustaining a trauma-informed culture at JFCS and KleinLife, train all staff at JFCS and KleinLife in PCTI care best practices, and implement a revamped, trauma-informed process between JFCS and KleinLife. JFCS has hired a second Russian-speaking Social Worker and revised the staffing plan to accommodate hiring a part-time Social Worker with PCTI care experience to carry a caseload. JFCS is also updating the referral process between JFCS and KleinLife.  To improve the process, JFCS and KleinLife identify the current clients who they both serve, and determine the services each agency provides to find potential overlap, services that may complement one another, and gaps in services.  JFCS’, KleinLife, and the hired consultant then examine the current intake processes of both agencies to identify where PTCI principles can be incorporated.  Lastly, JFCS and KleinLife incorporate a process to gain HIPAA authorization from Survivors at the beginning of its relationship with them in order to seamlessly refer them for services. 


Raymond and Miriam Klein JCC, D/B/A KleinLife 

Philadelphia, PA 

KleinLife has been serving seniors for over 40 years in Northeast Philadelphia and its new PCTI programs addresses the unmet needs of Holocaust Survivors from the Former Soviet Union. Some of the services offered are culturally-relevant and age appropriate exercise programs that improve physical and mental healthculturally-relevant activities and meals to combat social isolation, and culturally sensitive, alternative mental health services 


Dedicated staff and an external consultant evaluate programmatic impact. KleinLife has begun planning for a fundraising campaign targeting children of Holocaust Survivors to maintain programming at the same level after the JFNA funding ends. 


Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia 

Philadelphia, PA 

Through the JFNA Cohort D funding opportunity, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia (JFCS) will launch two new, innovative components of our Holocaust Survivors Support Program, based on SAMHSA’s six principles of trauma-informed care. This program will support the mental, emotional, and physical health of Survivors, and will build upon the impactful agency-wide PCTI framework established through JFNA Cohort B funding. Specifically, JFCS will launch regular wellness workshops to inform and prepare Survivors on their unique health challenges as part of the aging process; and will launch a PCTI care training initiative for home health aides working with Survivors. 





Jewish Family Service of Dallas 

Dallas, TX 

Our holistic program approach will mirror our agency's mission to provide specialized counseling, therapy, psychiatric and support services to anyone in need since 1950. Serving the senior community through our Older Adult programs (including Holocaust survivors) since 1999 ,we will expand to provide comprehensive personalized direct service in-home care to survivors, sensitive to the trauma they experienced. As the only agency in our community offering this unique approach, we have a long history of working with home-bound, low-income adults living below the poverty line. We will hire a Holocaust professional Counselor to coordinate, implement and oversee all services provided.  





Jewish Family Service - Seattle 

Seattle, WA 

Jewish Family Service (JFS) Seattle’s proposed program improves the quality of care JFS provides to Survivors and expands the level of service it is able to offer to the 60+ Survivors it currently serves. Building on existing services, the program focuses on three key areas: staff and volunteer training and incorporation of PCTI care, increased levels of home care to meet the daily needs of Survivors, and the provision of in-home counseling for Survivors utilizing the PEARLS modality.  The primary goals of this work are to allow Survivors to age at home in a safe, stable environment, as well as to reduce gaps in service for Survivors, improve Survivors’ mental health, and reduce Survivors’ social isolation.