In response to your article, “Fla. Survivors Caught in Cruel Funding Irony,” (Jan. 7), I want to note that only through the consistent, increasing funding from the Claims Conference has Jewish Family Service of Broward County been able to provide dedicated services for the Shoah victims in our community. The Claims Conference is the main source of support for our agency’s Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program, working with us as a partner to identify and address the increasing needs of aging victims.
We applaud the Claims Conference’s achievements in recent negotiations with the German government, obtaining increased funding every year even in the midst of a global financial crisis.
The Claims Conference has worked tirelessly to convey to the German government its obligation to care for elderly survivors in their final years, resulting in higher levels of support for desperately needed home care.
Of course, we would like expanded hours — as would the Claims Conference — but this year we will be able to greatly increase both the hours and the number of survivors who will benefit from Claims Conference funding. Simply put, because of the Claims Conference, there will not be any waiting list of Holocaust survivors for home care hours. In addition, most of our survivors will receive increased home care service.
We know firsthand the benefit for survivors in our community, and we are grateful.
Jewish Family Service of Broward