There are about 80,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today. Many are 85 and older, and as many as one in three live in poverty. Social isolation, poor health, and depression – exacerbated by the spread of COVID-19 – are common, stark reminders that the scars of trauma can last a lifetime and that, for this most vulnerable of groups, time is running short for us to help.
An Innovative Approach
In 2015, we received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging to develop innovations in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care for Holocaust survivors and to build the capacity of the Aging Network to provide PCTI care to Holocaust survivors and their family caregivers. PCTI care is a holistic approach to service provision that promotes the empowerment and well-being of trauma survivors by systematically infusing knowledge about trauma into agency-wide programs, policies, and procedures.
See Our Impact
We have funded over 400 PCTI programs across the country for Holocaust survivors and their family caregivers. The initial ACL/AoA grant served over 15,000 Holocaust survivors and over 4,000 of their family caregivers, and trained 10,000 professionals in the PCTI approach. You can learn more about our grants and our work on aging and trauma here.
Sustain Our Work
In addition to government funding, our work depends on the generosity of the Federation community, many of whom can relate personally to our mission of helping Holocaust survivors and their family caregivers. Donate now and help the work continue.