Holocaust Survivor Services

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Our Holocaust Survivors

At Jewish Family & Child Service, it is our intent to honor and respect the Holocaust survivors who are a part of our community. No one deserves more care and support than this vibrant and valued population, and we are committed to finding solutions and continuing resources that connect, comfort and strengthen their lives.

JFCS is the only agency in Oregon trained to specifically provide dedicated services for Holocaust survivors. Through home-care, case management, conversations and community building, JFCS Holocaust Survivor Services is dedicated to helping survivors thrive with the utmost degree of dignity.

Many of our local survivor population and refugees from the former Soviet Union emigrated to the United States in the 80’s and 90’s with the help of JFCS. Already middle-aged or older when they arrived, countless survivors were unable to build new careers due to age, language and cultural barriers.

Did you know:
The greater Portland area is home to more than 100 identified Holocaust survivors, with the youngest currently age 78! We partner with organizations, such as the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany and Kavod to provide invaluable resources and support for Portland’s survivor population.


COVID-19 Response and Modified Services:

Case Managers are providing ongoing communication and contact through the telephone and tele-meetings to connect with their clients.

Home Care workers are working remotely to continue care for their clients, delivering groceries, picking up medications and engaging as much as social distancing permits.

Clients are receiving medical and safety information in Russian, as well as written materials to ensure that everyone has access to the most up-to-date information.

We continue to provide food resources and other necessities to our clients.

We provide:

  • In-home assistance which includes housekeeping, companionship, meal preparation, and transportation to appointments.
  • Case management and care coordination to address immediate and long-term needs. Bilingual case managers are available for Russian-speaking clients.
  • Specialized services for Holocaust survivors, including assistance with reparations and compensation.
  • Café Europa gatherings that offer social, educational and recreational activities to connect with others who share aspects of the wartime and post-war experiences. Films, concerts, lectures and live presentations are all part of Café Europa. The program fosters community participation while enhancing quality of life.
  • Emergency assistance with expenses related to health and ongoing independence. This includes durable medical equipment and therapies not covered by insurance, utilities, food, clothing, medications and more.

For more information, contact Kim VanKoten at 503-226-7079, ext. 129
or at KimVanKoten@jfcs-portland.org

Holocaust Survivor Services

“My wife is a survivor who’s getting a lot of help from JFCS: a cleaning lady comes once a week, and we get our windows and carpets cleaned. You do such a great job, and we appreciate everything that JFCS does for us.”

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