Mrs. F was in her eighties, frail with chronic health problems. She lived with and cared for her husband, who had health issues of his own.
But this married couple was unique — they were Holocaust survivors.
They had challenges: Mr. F suffered from severe depression. They only spoke Russian. Their ability to access help was limited.
The vulnerable couple didn’t have family to lean on, as most of their loved ones were lost to the Holocaust, and their daugher was living with her own mental health struggles.
They turned to JFS MetroWest, one of the Holiday Fund partner agencies, and everything changed.
To reduce the burden of care on Mrs. F, the couple began attending a Russian-speaking adult day care unit.
When Mrs. F needed hearing aids and was prepared to max out her credit cards to acquire them, JFS provided financial assistance. In addition, JFS provides ongoing case management, counseling and support.
Although the individuals are one-of-a-kind, this story is not unique!
When you donate to The Holiday Fund, individuals and families gain access to life-changing resources.
Here’s how it works:
- You make a donation
- Every donation to the Holiday Fund is funneled to eleven social service agencies in northern NJ
- Our New Jersey neighbors lives are changed