A Drop-In Centre for Holocaust Survivors: Inspiring Hope, Meaning, and Purpose
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
Keywords: Healing; Elderly; Social Services
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.