Caring for the Caregiver

FullSizeRender (2)Met Council together with Boro Park JCC, JCC of Greater Coney Island and Shorefront JCC, commemorated Yom Hashoah 2015 (Holocaust Remembrance Day) through two in-service days to recognize the incredible work and challenges case workers face. The seminars provided case workers with tools and strategies on serving an aging survivor population.

“With more than 30,000 Holocaust survivors in the New York metropolitan area living at or below the poverty level, Met Council and our JCC network work to address the distinct challenges of Holocaust survivors in a culturally competent atmosphere of respect and empathy,” said Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty CEO and Executive Director, David M. Frankel.

“Serving a neighborhood that has perhaps the largest concentration of holocaust survivors anywhere outside the State of Israel has its unique challenges. These workshops provide an invaluable service to our staff in dealing with these challenges,” said Boro Park JCC Executive Director, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber.

The seminars this week are one example of how Met Council works to support and advise a network of case workers across the City, so that they too can best serve the most vulnerable among us. The seminars included presentations from:

  • Shira Felberbaum, LMSW Community Outreach Coordinator / Social Worker Partners in Caring & Connect to Care Programs at Jewish Board of Family and Children Services
  • Susan Moritz, LCSW Geriatric Social Work Manager at Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
  • Toby Weiss, Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming at MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Through the work of Met Council’s Holocaust specialists, social services case management staff and the local JCC network, Met Council helps clients navigate support systems, advocate for their needs and provide comprehensive case management. In the past year, with critical support from the New York City Council and UJA-Federation of NY, Met Council provided 1,798 comprehensive case management services, 8,842 home delivered meals, 357 free home repairs and $409,770 distributed in emergency financial assistance to Holocaust survivors.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call us at 212-453-9539.



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