JFCS Expands Services to Holocaust Survivors

By Anthony Sbarra

People who lived under, or fled from, Nazi persecution between 1933-1945 and are living at home, are eligible for free services through Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS).  Such services may include homecare, housekeeping, registered nurse, transportation, social programs, medical equipment, or medical/dental attention, all managed by a JFCS social worker who works exclusively with survivors.

These services and programs are made possible by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.  In 2014, we received over $750,000 from the Claims Conference and for 2015, this grant has increased by over $200,000 to meet the increasing needs of all eligible survivors.

All survivors are eligible for the Café Europa social programs, regardless of financial status.  In addition, the financial limits for qualifying for the other services are much more generous than you might think:  eligible survivors may still have substantial assets (which are calculated after excluding their primary homes, cars, and spouse’s assets) as well as some annual income (which is calculated after taxes and after excluding most pensions, social security, and spouse’s incomes).

If you, your loved one, or someone you know, might be eligible to receive services and/or would enjoy monthly social gatherings (transportation provided if needed), please contact JFCS Senior Services Department Social Worker Anthony Sbarra at 856-424-1333 x1542 or email at asbarra@jfedsnj.org


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