Holocaust Survivor Services
JFCS/East Bay is the only organization providing services and assistance for 270 Holocaust survivors in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. As an agency, we feel a strong moral obligation to assist local survivors in whatever way is needed and provide them with a caring community. Many of these survivors are living in poverty and, having lost their families, have limited support, making JFCS/East Bay’s services all the more vital.
Our case managers thoroughly assess each survivor’s needs, from housing options to arranging reliable caregivers. We directly manage and monitor care services for survivors and their families.
Our staff helps survivors navigate the complicated process of applying for restitution benefits. JFCS/East Bay is the Claims Conference’s official help center for all restitution matters in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
With funds from the Claims Conference, foundations, and generous individual donors, we provide reimbursement to needy survivors for expenses such as medication, food, transportation, and in-home care.
Each month, JFCS/East Bay presents a lively social and cultural program for survivors, their families, and friends.
We provide individual weekly counseling sessions to those survivors who would like to speak about their lives and experiences with a therapist.
JFCS/East Bay matches survivors with friendly volunteers for regular visits that provide a social connection and enrich seniors’ lives.
Holocaust Survivor Memoir Writing Workshop
Facilitated by a JFCS/East Bay social worker, our memoir-writing group helps survivors remember and record their stories. Read some of their pieces here.
Social services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from
the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
We are grateful to our friends at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay for supporting
Holocaust Survivor Services through their signature initiative program.