JFS offers comprehensive support services to help Holocaust survivors maintain their health, independence, and connection to the community. We understand the complex challenges of aging, which often are magnified for survivors dealing with trauma and loss. Many are frail and continue to have scars from the horrors of their experience.
Our commitment is deep and enduring. SOS helps Holocaust survivors with low incomes to age with dignity—often making the difference in whether they can remain in their own homes at this vulnerable time of their lives. We offer a full system of support, beginning with care management proved by a trauma-informed specialist. Services also include: advocacy, translation services, assistance with claims forms, medical escort, homemaker services, and emergency funding often for medical treatment. Clients receive assistance with paying for homecare and emergency needs through funding from the Claims Conference, the Change a Life Foundation, and private donations.
SOS also provides opportunities for Survivors to connect with the Jewish community through events and holiday programs.
“After many years, it was like peace in my heart again. I’ve blossomed since I met you all.”
SOS serves Jewish San Diegans who were directly impacted by Nazi occupation of their homes. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. has set the guidelines JFS uses to determine if a person is categorized as a Holocaust Survivor. There are different financial criteria for inclusion in the program for receiving care management, home care and house cleaning services, and for financial assistance.
At JFS, helping older adults lead healthy, connected lives is one of our main priorities. Learn about our Care Management services and the many ways we support aging with dignity.
Support was provided by the URO Charitable Lead Trust Limited and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Holocaust Survivor Emergency Assistance Fund, Administered by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, for the benefit of needy Jewish Nazi Victims.
Social services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Irma Stein, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor, shares her message of strength and resilience to the world on Yom Ha’Shoah 2014.
At JFS, we recognize that the aging process is complex, demanding, and dynamic. We’re committed to helping older adults age with dignity in the homes and communities they love.
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