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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. Learn more here.

AJFCA is proud to support agencies that make education about elder abuse a priority. At the 2015 AJFCA Annual Conference representatives from JFS agencies in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Ottawa presented their work on the Pan-Canadian Elder Abuse Awareness and Education Program for Ethnocultural Communities incorporating socio-drama performances. Learn more about this creative program on the AJFCA conference page.

Thanks to our many AJFCA colleagues for your outreach to inquire about JFS and the Houston community. Until this morning we did not have power and connectivity and were limited in our ability to respond.

The floodwaters which rose quickly Monday night were devastating to an area in Houston which has the greatest concentration of Jewish residents in the city and many of our Jewish institutions. Three synagogues were flooded. It is estimated that 4000 homes took on water and many lives were lost. JFS is located in the heart of this area but gratefully did not become flooded. The JFS staff itself provides a snapshot of the impact. Seven staff members had water damage in their homes, including the home of our CEO who,  in a lighter moment, referred to the event  as "an equal opportunity flood", devastating property for people of all incomes and stages of life.

More about the impact of the flood on the Houston community can be found here.

We have learned that in these situations the news keeps the spotlight on for just a couple of days but the work continues long after. There are four ways people can help.

  • Able to give? Donate at www.houstonjewish.org/houstonflood
  • Able to provide physical labor (no training necessary)? Email Jfsvolunteer@gmail.com
  • Able to give gift cards for $50, $100, $200 or $500 good at groceries, pharmacies like Walgreens or CVS, big box stores like Target, Walmart, Lowes or Home Depot? Please drop them off or mail to:  Jewish Family Service at 4131 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77025. M-Th, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., F, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.   
  • If you have a contact in a business that can offer significant resources such as housing (especially needed) , furniture, mattresses, appliances, moving assistance and so forth, please email Adele at acroft@jfshouston.org to build database of resources for the coming months.

Those who need help can call JFS at 713 667 9336 or email  jfsstormhelp@gmail.com.

Thank you for all your heartfelt offers for help, many of which we are accessing. We are grateful for organizations dedicated to emergency responses such as Nechama which has already sprung into action. We are proud of the cooperative spirit of our Jewish community and moved by the many examples of neighbors helping neighbors.

For more information on the flood, click here.

Lee Sherman, AJFCA's CEO and Shelley Rood, JFNA's Senior Legislative Associate represented the Jewish social service network and federations at "Living with Dignity," a two-day conference calling for the benefits Holocaust survivors get not to be taxed and counted toward other benefit programs because it reduces their ability to qualify for low income programs. Learn more about the event held in Prague here.

Holocaust Meeting Calls on Nations to Do More for Survivors, May 27, 2015, ABC News, by Karel Janicek