Grant to aid survivors
Jewish Family and Child Service has received a grant of $24,000 from the Humanitarian Aid Foundation to provide in-home care and social outreach to survivors of the Holocaust in Oregon.

JFCS is using the grant to provide free or low cost in-home services through their Lifeline program for low-income Holocaust survivors and free transportation to and from monthly Café Europa gatherings and weekly lunch programs.

The Lifeline program allows seniors and people with disabilities to live as independently as possible in their own home for as long as possible. In-home services include help with housekeeping, meal preparation, menu planning, companionship, laundry, errands, shopping and bill paying.

“We are encouraging Holocaust survivors and their families to contact JFCS now to begin receiving these critical services before the grant expires in June,” said Marian Fenimore, program services director. “This is a wonderful opportunity to receive significant and immediate help.”

JFCS is one of eight family and community service agencies to receive awards from HAF. The mission of the foundation is to fund organizations that provide services and assistance to individuals who are, or have been victims of acts against humanity or natural disasters.

“HAF is unique in that it was brought to life by some of our nation’s most committed leaders in the humanitarian aid community, and was designed in such a way that would quickly address those in our society with significant needs,” stated Niel Golightly, HAF board member.

JFCS serves approximately 130 Holocaust survivors, but estimates there are more than 200 residing in the Portland area.

“Portland does not have a Jewish neighborhood, often resulting in loneliness and isolation of some of our seniors and those with disabilities,” said JFCS Executive Director Marvin Kuperstei,. “Therefore, the services offered through JFCS can truly be a lifeline to living safely, comfortably and with dignity in your own home.”

For information on receiving service via the HAF grant or other JFCS programs, call 503-226-7079.