Those Who Sought Shelter in Our Country Deserve Better

The Fellowship  |  July 22, 2019

Buchenwald survivor
An emaciated survivor drinking from a metal bowl in front of barracks at Buchenwald concentration camp.

The Fellowship and our faithful friends do all that we can to assist those who survived the Holocaust as they live out their golden years. But so many of these dear souls, around the world and even in the United States, continue to struggle. That is why, Israel Hayom reports, the U.S. Senate is putting forth legislation to aid with health care for those Holocaust survivors still alive in America:

US Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced on Thursday legislation that would prioritize health care and nutrition services for Holocaust survivors, increasing the likelihood they could continue to live in their own homes rather than be forced into nursing homes or assisted-living facilities.

The TIME [Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare] for Holocaust Survivors Act would incorporate several provisions into the Older Americans Act to ensure that Holocaust survivors have coordinated, trauma-informed care and services particularly tailored their needs.

“Holocaust survivors came to the United States seeking refuge from unimaginable horrors. They have lived their lives here and enriched our nation,” said Cardin.

“With an average age of 85, we have an obligation to provide Holocaust survivors the community support and special services they need to live out their final days.”

“Those who sought shelter in our country after the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust deserve better assistance, not worse,” said Cramer.

“This legislation is a productive step toward helping survivors receive the quality care they need.”

“‘Never again’ means never forgetting those who survived the horrors of the Holocaust…”