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Palm Beach County’s Isolated Seniors To Receive Help From JFS

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) (News App readers click here for full story) — (JFS Verbatim Advisory) — Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (Rales JFS) in Boca Raton and Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS), in West Palm Beach, working collaboratively to serve Palm Beach County, are among the NJHSA Member Agencies receiving a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Center for Aging and Trauma. With funding support from the US Administration for Community Living (ACL), the JFNA Center on Aging and Trauma has allocated grants to provide person-centered trauma-informed services for older adults in need. 

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Launched in 2020 to support 300 isolated Holocaust Survivors, the NJHSA program will be expanded with this new grant in 2021 to serve over 800 older adults with a history of trauma, including older adults living in Palm Beach County.

Following guidance from the ACL and JFNA, NJHSA’s program is being extended beyond Holocaust Survivors to support any older adult who has a personal history of trauma, including veterans, refugees, victims of domestic violence or those struggling with mental health as a result of their history of trauma. The objective of the grant is to utilize technology to address the challenging dynamic of senior isolation.  The NJHSA collaborative program utilizes broadcast and video technology developed by Uniper Care, a start-up technology company with roots in Israel. 

“Through our Strategic Planning process, Rales JFS identified using technology to help care for older adults as a primary focus.  This grant fits nicely with our goals and objectives related to using technology as a feasible way to engage seniors who would otherwise have no way to interact with others socially and move towards healing their experienced trauma” said Danielle Hartman, President & CEO, Rales JFS.

“I am honored to lead one of the local Jewish Family Service agencies entrusted to help people during the most challenging times in their lives,” said Alpert JFS CEO, Marc Hopin. “Together with Rales JFS, we have been serving Holocaust survivors throughout Palm Beach County for the past 25 years. We are grateful for the assistance that will have a direct effect on the lives of nearly 900 survivors in our midst, as well as the elderly in our community who are in need of socialization.”

“The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is honored to be serving as lead agency for the continuation of this program and to bring this innovative resource to an expanded population, coming at a time during the pandemic where social isolation has created troubling and ongoing challenges for many vulnerable populations” said Reuben Rotman, President & CEO, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies.

The JFNA Center on Aging and Trauma promotes excellence in service delivery together with the expertise of partner organizations including the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.  The grants awarded combine federal and philanthropic funds raised by JFNA’s National Holocaust Survivor Initiative.

This program is made possible by federal funds from a grant through The JFNA Center on Aging and Trauma, a project of the Holocaust Survivor Initiative. Approximately 75% of the project, or $200,000, comes from federal sources. Approximately 25% or $66,667 comes from non-federal sources.

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