Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County will receive $25,000 as part of a $240,000 state effort to assist agencies across New York State serving aging Holocaust survivors with medical and counseling needs.
"This was really spurred by The Buffalo News project featuring biographies of Holocaust survivors in Western New York," said Assemblyman Sean Ryan, part of the Assembly delegation that secured the money. "I got together with colleagues from around the state to see what we could do to provide funding for direct assistance to Holocaust survivors."
Buffalo has the highest number of survivors in New York State behind New York City, Ryan said. The funds will be used to help with unplanned medical expenses, minor home improvements and a part-time social worker to do outreach.
"We all know the trauma they went through, and we hope with this funding we can give people peace of mind as they age, and also help their families," he said.
Ryan announced the grant Wednesday at Temple Beth Zion.