The Blue Card offers its invaluable help to Holocaust survivors through a variety of vital programs.

How We Help

The Blue Card offers its invaluable help to Holocaust survivors through a variety of vital programs.

Our Programs

The Blue Card provides assistance through the following core programs:

  • Emergency Cash Assistance Program: provides for survivors' most immediate needs by helping with the cost of medicine, rent, homecare, food and other essentials.

    The Holocaust Survivor Emergency Cash Assistance Program is funded by the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
  • Dental Program: named after Curt C. and Else Silberman, provides much-needed funding toward dental care, especially in a time of federal budget cuts.
  • Home Health Program: named after Hildegard Lash is a health service provided in the survivors' home to promote, maintain, or restore health or lessen the effects of illness and disability. The purpose of the program is to ensure safe and independent living
  • Stipend Program: supports the most poverty stricken survivors with monthly checks.
  • Jewish Holiday Program: provides financial support for the High Holidays, Hanukkah and for Passover, giving survivors the financial means to have a happier holiday season.
  • Summer Vacation Program: named after Adolph and Lotte Rosenberg, offers a free summer vacation program to needy survivors in the New York area. Survivors are provided with handicapped-accessible accommodations, transportation, scheduled meals, and a well planned itinerary, making the program structured, safe, and group-oriented.
  • The Emergency Response Program: named after Jakob Mogilnik, provides the system to Holocaust survivors who do not have the financial resources to pay for installation, service, and maintenance. From the start, the system is programmed in the survivor's native language be it Yiddish, German, Russian, Hungarian, or any language that the survivor speaks. In case of an emergency such as a fall, the survivor presses a button (either around the neck or on the wrist), activating an automated speakerphone. The operator answers in the survivor's native language, asking if there is a need for an ambulance to be sent to the home, and then follows up on the emergency.
  • Mazel Tov Birthday Program: provides survivors with a card on their birthday. Receiving a birthday card means a great deal to survivors who lost their entire families during the war.
  • Vitamins Program: provides Holocaust survivors with multivitamins, minerals, and supplements, and liquid meals.
  • Bring a Smile Program: named after Sonia and Max Lonstein, provides additional support for terminally ill Holocaust survivors. The program essentially grants survivors their final wish.
  • The Siggi B. Wilzig Fighting Cancer Together Program: offers aid to Holocaust survivors battling cancer. Assistance is available for transportation to appointments, medical co-pays, nutrition and emotional support.
  • The Blue Card-Lissner Hospital Visitation Program: offers volunteer visits to hospitalized Holocaust survivors who need guidance and emotional support.
  • The Nutritional Guidance Program: named after Rita Berkowitz, provides monthly food stipends and nutritional supplements. It also educates participants on proper nutrition.

The Blue Card is the only agency that provides continuing, ongoing support for medical care, rent subsidies, food and other basic needs to indigent Holocaust survivors.