SJFS Receives Funds to Support Holocaust Survivors

Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS) at Menorah Park has received a $20,000 grant from the New York State Office of Aging to support Holocaust survivors.  Funds will be used to provide care management and mental health services from SJFS staff. Funds are available through January 2023.

Holocaust survivors includes both individuals who were impacted by the Holocaust as well as their adult children. Services will primarily be provided to individuals residing in Onondaga County, but may also be available to individuals living in Cortland, Madison, Tompkins, Oswego and Oneida Counties.

AgeWise Solutions care management services may include providing assistance with a variety of tasks, such as:

  • Bill paying, organizing financial affairs, and assigning a Power of Attorney
  • Arranging transportation to medical appointments, family occasions, social events
  • Accessing health care professionals, advanced care planning, coordinating medical care
  • Identifying social activities to reduce isolation and improve quality of life
  • Coordinating home aides and companions
  • Securing good nutrition through delivered meals or grocery shopping
  • Identifying contractors for home maintenance and to improve home safety and security
  • Addressing Immediate housing needs as well as developing plans for future housing options
  • Managing family dynamics and decision making
  • Managing crises and follow-up care

Mental health services are either provided by or supervised by licensed clinicians with expertise working with older adults.  Eligible individuals who wish to receive care management or mental health services should contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director at 315-446-9111, ext. 225, or via email at

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