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A Drop-In Centre for Holocaust Survivors: Inspiring Hope, Meaning, and Purpose

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Myra Giberovitch

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 81:3-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Older people)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: Healing; Elderly; Social Services

Type: Report

Coverage: Canada

Abstract:

A Drop-in Centre at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, a community-based agency, addresses Holocaust survivors' needs for socialization with peers and fosters a sense of community- and belonging. It also serves as an entry point for survivors who have had little or no previous contact with the Jewish community and integrates them into further involvement within the agency. Its holistic approach gives members a sense of autonomy and control as they learn new coping skills and wellness strategies to improve their quality of life. This article discusses the program's creation, evolution, and success in reaching out to Holocaust survivors.