San Diego is home to nearly 500 Holocaust Survivors, Jewish Nazi Victims, and Jewish refugees of WWII. While many are still living independently, 1/3 of this population is living at, our below, poverty. Many of these individuals are outliving their resources and experiencing emerging and dynamic needs while others have persistent challenges and traumas that they have carried with them their entire lives. They face challenges that can trigger memories of their traumatic experiences. They are at risk for poor physical and mental health, depression, and social isolation. After enduring one of the darkest periods in human history, we want to ensure they live comfortably and with dignity for the remaining years of their lives. Taking care of Holocaust survivors is not just the responsibility of any one organization, but the responsibility of our entire community.
The San Diego Holocaust Survivor Coalition is a collaboration of Jewish organizations, institutions, and individuals that are dedicated to providing Survivors with the respect and dignity they deserve. It is only together that we can address the complex needs of this vulnerable population and offer access to vital medical and food services, compassionate care, and the social embrace of our community.
Based on the belief that we can do far more together than any one of us can do alone, now is the time for us to renew and fulfill our promise to NEVER FORGET, NEVER AGAIN. As partners, we will work together to embrace the remaining Holocaust survivors in San Diego.