Homepage image from Kavod via kavodensuringdignity.com
Homepage image from Kavod via kavodensuringdignity.com

A pair of local Jewish organizations are partnering with a national funding initiative to support Holocaust survivors struggling with poverty and financial stress, it was announced Friday.

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County and Jewish Family Service of San Diego are teaming with the Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund, launched in March by the Seed the Dream Foundation — a private grant-making organization — and the Holocaust survivor support organization Kavod.

The fund, which is partnered with Jewish organizations in San Diego and 11 other cities around the country, provides funding to address needs like rent support, home repairs and medical care for Holocaust survivors. The initiative launched in San Diego this month.

Through dollar-for-dollar matching by donors across the country, Seed the Dream and Kavod intend to raise more than $3.5 million in funding over two years for supportive services.

“The survivors’ unmet needs far outweigh the resources available to cover these emergency services,” said Seed the Dream Foundation President and Co-Founder Marcy Gringlas. “It is for this reason that we launched this initiative and are prepared to continue matching every dollar raised on the national level — even if we exceed our original goals.”

According to the foundation, more than one-third of the 80,000 Holocaust survivors in the U.S. live at or near the federal poverty line and more than 40 Holocaust survivors die each day.

The initiative includes a national hotline for Holocaust survivors that allows them to connect with local support agencies like the Jewish Federation and JFS. Survivors can call the hotline at 720-295-8484.

“With the support of KAVOD and Seed the Dream Foundation, our San Diego Jewish community is going to be able to make significant strides in elevating our response to emergency needs of survivors,” said Jewish Federation of San Diego County President and CEO Michael Jeser.

“Collectively, we will make an even greater difference in the lives of those who have given so much.”

— City News Service