Miriam’s Journey: Creating a Safe Home After Beating Cancer

March 15, 2022

Miriam’s Journey: Creating a Safe Home After Beating Cancer

By JF&CS Marketing

Miriam* is an 86-year-old Survivor from France now living in Georgia. She and her husband have limited income and no family support. They joined the JF&CS Holocaust Survivors Program in 2013. Initially and for many years, she needed minimal aid from JF&CS and was able to feel comfortable and safe in her everyday living. But life is unpredictable, and circumstances changed.

Recently, Miriam fought a battle with cancer, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. She once again proved herself a Survivor by defeating it. But in 2021, unexpected consequences arose and she was again hospitalized. Her doctor explained that she was at risk of falling due to an abnormality of gait and mobility. Miriam became afraid of the possibility of falling in her home, especially in the bathroom. JF&CS Holocaust Survivor Services stepped up and got Miriam the help she needed.

Through special funding provided by the Holocaust Survivor Support Fund (HSSF), JF&CS arranged for safety changes in Miriam’s home to give her peace of mind. They installed grab bars and a railing, making it so that when she returned from the hospital, she could navigate safely through her home. As she recovered, JF&CS provided caregivers to Miriam through Claims Conference funding to help her manage daily activities until her strength returned. HSSF funding continues to provide Miriam with a $300 gift card every quarter to help buy groceries, and pay for some medical, dental, prescription expenses, and even hearing aids.

Miriam says she is “extremely grateful” for JF&CS and the HSSF funding, which provided crucial assistance to her when she needed it most.

*(name changed)

The Holocaust Survivor Services at Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) offers compassionate and specialized care to an underserved population who needs help the most. With social programs like Café Europa, counseling, and One Good Deed to help the emotional and social needs of our Survivors, to more practical needs such as case management, reparations assistance, and in-home services, JF&CS to serves as a leading support service for Holocaust Survivors both locally in Georgia, and for the SouthEast Region including, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and sections of Florida and Texas.

To learn more about the Survivors we help, please visit our Holocaust Survivors Services page. You also have the choice to donate to our Holocaust Survivor Services program in somebody’s honor. Without help from our donors and our community, we would not be able to tell these stories.

If you know of anybody who may need our assistance and services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.