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Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest Receives JFNA Grant

(Courtesy of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest) Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) is proud to announce it has received an Expanded Critical Supports grant from The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Center on Aging and Trauma, a project of the Holocaust Survivor Initiative. This grant provides Federation with two years of funding to continue programs that support Holocaust survivors and to enable Federation to broaden its reach by supporting programs for other older adults who also have a history of trauma.

Federation will continue to convene the Leadership Council it established pursuant to prior grants it received from JFNA. Through two years of JFNA Critical Supports grant funding to support programs for Holocaust survivors, Federation and its partner agencies gained experience and understanding about person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) care. Now with the Expanded Critical Supports grant, Federation is able to take the natural next step and share this knowledge with others caring for adults with a history of trauma. Federation has expanded the Leadership Council to include new members who will bring additional experiences and perspectives.

Through Project CEASSE (Combating Elder Abuse through Supportive Services and Education) at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFS CNJ), the grant will enhance support for older adults from Union County who have experienced elder abuse. The grant will also support Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS MW)’s efforts to increase social work and case management services for older adults in South Orange and Maplewood, many of whom are members of minority communities. Both of these newly-supported programs will be funded alongside existing programs that support Holocaust survivors through JFS MW, JFS CNJ and Federation’s Chaplaincy Department.

This grant is part of The Jewish Federations of North America’s partnership with the federal government to improve lives for Holocaust survivors. Recognizing the value of the PCTI approach, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living has awarded a new grant of $5 million to JFNA’s Center on Aging and Trauma to serve Holocaust survivors, other older adults with a history of trauma and their family caregivers. Funds from private philanthropists complement the federal grant.

Learn more at https://www.jfedgmw.org.

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