Senior Volunteers Served Up a Storm with Met Council

IMG_1187Seniors from Engage Jewish Service Corps spent the afternoon preparing lunch for Holocaust survivors at the Boro Park Y. The volunteers were members of UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps, which connects baby boomers with opportunities to give back to the community.

As survivors age, they require additional care and culturally sensitive attention.  For many of Met Council’s clients, the loss of their spouse or the transition into a nursing home can be extremely traumatic and an unwelcomed reminder of the loss and institutionalization during the Holocaust.

According to UJA-Federation of New York, there are 73,000 Holocaust survivors in the New York metropolitan area, and more than half live at or below the poverty level.    In recent years to meet the growing need, Met Council’s Holocaust survivor program has grown in scope and capacity. Our goal is to address the distinct challenges of Holocaust survivors in a culturally competent atmosphere of respect and empathy.

Our Holocaust social work staff supports and advises a network of case workers across the City, so that they too can best serve the most vulnerable among us. Through the work of these specialists, our social services case management staff, and our local JCC network, we help clients navigate support systems, advocate for their needs and provide comprehensive case management.

For more opportunities to volunteer, please email us at volunteer@metcouncil.org

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