Helping Holocaust survivors with state funds 1

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic joined state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky in Flushing on Tuesday to present Selfhelp Community Services with a $50,000 check in state funding she recently secured to benefit Holocaust survivors.

Holding the check above with Rozic is Hanan Simhon, the vice president of Selfhelp’s Holocaust Survivors Program.

According to the organization’s website, it runs the biggest program on the continent serving Holocaust survivors.

Studies have shown that Holocaust survivors face high rates of heart disease, cancer, PTSD and depression, Rozic’s office said. Under federal guidelines, more than half of the survivors in the city are “poor” or “very poor.”

“New York’s state budget commits to caring for those who need it most — Holocaust survivors,” the assemblywoman said in a prepared statement. “It is our responsibility to ensure that they have access to all the necessary services to live with the comfort and dignity they deserve.”

Selfhelp’s program for Holocaust survivors operates out of seven locations. It uses funding from grants and donations, with groups like the UJA-Federation of New York helping out.

“With the support of the New York State government and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Selfhelp is better able to fulfill our promise and ensure that our clients receive high quality services as part of a warm and supportive community,” Selfhelp Community Services CEO Stuart Kaplan said in his own statement. “We are also grateful to UJA-Federation of New York, who worked closely with the New York State Legislature to secure this funding as part of budget negotiations.”

According to Rozic’s office, the funds she secured will be used for services and programming needed by Holocaust survivors, such as help with medical bills, benefits assistance, home care, social gatherings and celebrations, proper mental health resources, caregiver support and enhanced care management.

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