COVID-19 RESPONSE

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The Blue Card’s commitment to the health and safety of Holocaust survivors is our top priority!

In light of the recent global crisis, we have been especially proactive in ensuring that Holocaust survivors, nationwide, know that they are taken care of.

Over 2,500 Holocaust survivors in 20 states, received essential supplies such as:

Toilet paper
Tissues
Gloves
Bleach and bleach items such as wipes
Soap
Face masks
Hand sanitizer
Prepared meals and non-perishables, but most importantly supplies of water.

In addition to our 12 core programs, nearly $200,000 in financial aid has been made to provide urgent care.

There has been a drastic increase in requests for The Blue Card’s Telephone Emergency Response System units – buttons which are worn either around the neck or wrist and are activated in times of emergency. As survivors are home alone, they fear any falls or accidents and are reaching out to us to have them set up with a unit. To date, an additional 1,500 Holocaust survivors received this lifesaving unit.

Furthermore, the TERS providers who we have enlisted, have spent countless of hours, calling our survivors and their families, ensuring these individuals are not just safe, but have all that they need. For those in need of supplies and additional financial assistance, The Blue Card staff members reach out to directly to understand what the need is and quickly respond by mailing supplies, as well as financial assistance.

All in-person classes, groups, and other opportunities for socializing and connection are now not possible due to closures, social distancing and the physical vulnerabilities of our survivors. The effects of this on the mental health of our survivors is profound as many are reporting that the isolation, they are experiencing, is causing them to become extremely lonely and significantly depressed. Therefore, The Blue Card is supporting survivors by providing therapy sessions via teleconferencing. These sessions and other opportunities for connection for our survivors is especially crucial at this time.

Lastly to ensure our survivors are engaging in social distancing, we are working with their local pharmacies to arrange timely drop offs of their medication. We are paying for survivors’ medication co-pays, as well as for deliveries where needed.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our supporters for making our critical efforts possible and ask you, humbly, to please continue supporting our work in keeping survivors safe and healthy during this difficult time.

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Dear Cohort,

On March 11, the Claims Conference hosted the insightful webinar, COVID-19 May Trigger Traumatic Memories for Holocaust Survivors: Empowering Strategies and Resources to Help Them Cope, that was presented by Myra Giberovitch, MSW, RSW. Below is the recording and a note from the presenter.

Meeting Recording: https://claimscon.zoom.us/rec/share/YC38TtihdE1v4Y9lN-J6DTWb7EdT8TO_5q4y4uwIbkDXDzee-VqgWpDs9C6GJT2-.IpELUhOFV6so8Eig

Access Passcode: 03.11@MyraGiberovitch

Note from our presenter, Myra Giberovitch, MSW, RSW: Helping Holocaust survivors recover from their traumatic ordeals has been my life’s work for 30 years. I derive great satisfaction from providing you, the service providers who work with them, with information and tools to enhance your practice skills. Your role is not an easy one. It requires special understanding, knowledge and sensitivity to work with survivors. I believe it’s important for each of us to make the last stage of survivors’ lives as comfortable as possible by providing them with specialized and compassionate services, embraced by communities that care about them. And that’s exactly what you, the Claims Conference and agencies around the world are doing. So kudos everyone! We received a number of questions from attendees after the webinar. If you have a question or would like more information, practical strategies and guidance in working with Holocaust survivors, please contact me at myra@myragiberovitch.com.

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