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Caring for Holocaust Survivors with understanding and sensitivity

Circle of Care is honoured to provide care and services to over 1,600 clients through our Holocaust Survivor Services Program (HSSP), making us the largest Canadian grant recipient of funds from the Conference on Jewish Materials Claims Against Germany. Support for Holocaust survivors requires special understanding, knowledge and sensitivity, and no where is this more important than in case management.

In addition to the struggles of aging, Holocaust survivors often deal with additional and unique issues related to the effects of trauma or caregiving for traumatized loved ones. Circle of Care has supported these clients through language barriers and trust issues, and helps them to navigate the healthcare system.

Circle of Care Case Managers recently supported a HSSP client who had been abused by a spouse—mentally, physically, and financially—for many years. Circle of Care worked with Jewish Family and Child to help the client move to new apartment and offered financial help, groceries, meals and counseling. The client shared that she finally feels like she is “living again”, enjoying her independence and her friends.