JFS receives grant to help Jewish older adults with educational programs, health care


Bill Motchan

Fran Zellinger participates in a program funded by JCA Charitable Foundation targeted at St. Louis Jewish older adults.

Eric Berger, Associate Editor

Jewish Family Services, which provides local mental health and social services, recently received a $25,000 grant from the JCA Charitable Foundation, according to a news release.

Proceeds from the grant will support educational programming and health care services for St. Louis Jewish older adults, including Holocaust survivors.

Part of the grant will fund a portion of a JFS case manager’s time to help Holocaust survivors with applications and client assessments needed to stay healthy and safely age in place.

The JFS Senior Services team assists nearly 150 Holocaust survivors in applying for benefits from the Claims Conference, which designates funds for in-home support services, and The Blue Card program, which contributes funds for minor medical services.

JFS’ Senior Services supports nearly 2,000 older adults annually in the St. Louis area with care management and in-home services. The program includes resource and program referrals; subsidized homemaker services; falls and hospital readmission prevention services; and emotional and spiritual support through friendly visits and counseling.

“This generous grant allows our staff to ensure the area’s eligible Holocaust survivors receive physical and mental health services,” JFS Chief Executive Officer Miriam Seidenfeld stated in the news release. “We appreciate the JCA Charitable Foundation and this grant, which enables our organization to provide with dignity the comprehensive care management and access to resources that survivors deserve.”

For more information on JFS’ older adult services, visit https://jfsstl.org/get-help/our-services/older-adult-services/or call 314-812-9300.