In Hebrew, the word KAVOD means to honor or respect. It is the philosophy of JFS that there is no one worthier of our honor or respect than the survivors who live among us.

Our Kavod program helps us expand our outreach to survivors living in our community. The goal of this project is to reduce barriers to services, promote socialization and prevent re-traumatization.

Contact Katya Klauz at 317.660.5046 or kklauz@JFGI.org with any questions and for more information. 

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Who Qualifies?
A Jewish person born before mid-1945 who: 
•    Lived in a country at a time when it was under a Nazi regime, under Nazi occupation, or under the regime of Nazi collaborators; 
•    Or evacuated from potential Nazi rule or Nazi occupation to a country or region not under Nazi rule or occupation. 



The Needs – Locally
Jewish Family Services has identified over 100 individuals who are considered survivors of Nazi persecution living in our local community. The majority of these individuals are living in poverty, and most live in subsidized housing and are dependent on state and federal assistance programs to meet their basic needs. Many live alone and are at risk for social isolation, depression, and other physical and mental health conditions stemming from periods of starvation, disease and torture. The need is now, and a very pressing one. 



Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) Care Practices 
While the majority of our focus is on the survivors themselves, we are also committed to educating and training field professionals and care-givers who assist Holocaust survivors through person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) care practices. 
PCTI care is a holistic approach to service provision that promotes the dignity, strength, and empowerment of trauma victims by incorporating knowledge about the role of trauma in victims’ lives into agency programs, policies, and procedures.



Groundbreaking Grant 
Back in March 2016, JFS was proud to announce that we were selected to receive a groundbreaking grant from the Jewish Federations of North America through their recently launched Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. This initiative is supported by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, marking the first time in history that the United States Federal Government has provided direct funding for Holocaust Survivor services. When combined with matching funds, this award will enable $99,000 in new programming for survivors over the course of 2-years (March 2016 – February 2018).
The Jewish Federations of North America launched the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care in the fall of 2015, following an award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for up to $12 million over 5 years to advance innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) services for Holocaust survivors in the United States.

Grant Amount Received:    $69,000
Match Request Secured:    $20,000 
Match Request Needed:     $10,000 

Help us make our match!



Continuing Support
Beyond the 2-year grant from the Jewish Federations of North America, we are committed to serving the Holocaust Survivors in Greater Indianapolis for as long as needed. While we seek out additional grant opportunities and allocate funds from our organization budget to meet the needs of this project, we look to our community for continued support. We gladly accepted donations of any size and appreciate your commitment to serving the survivors in our community, helping them to live with dignity in these final chapters.



Contact Katya Klauz at 317.660.5046 or kklauz@JFGI.org with any questions and for more information.