The Mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors.
Who We Help
Of the nearly 2,500 Holocaust survivor households The Blue Card serves, three-quarters are over the age of 75 and nearly 70% live alone. Many of these survivors struggle to afford basic needs, such as adequate food and healthcare; more than half of them fall 200% below the federal poverty line, meaning their income is less than $23,540 annually.
The Blue Card clients profile:
- Range in age from 73-107 years old
- 78% have difficulty performing daily activities such as dressing, washing, and cooking
- 77% are women
- 67% cannot leave their homes without assistance
As these men and women age, they are plagued with the consequences of surviving the most devastating conditions imaginable, including poor nutrition and no medical care.
Many survivors came to this country after World War II and worked in menial jobs. Tiny pensions from those jobs, social security, and Medicaid simply cannot keep up with the financial needs of this most vulnerable population. They are frequently desperate for uncovered expenses such as dental care, hearing aids, and transportation to doctors.
After all they have suffered, these men and women should not have to choose between paying for food or paying for medicine. Dignity was forcibly taken from them during the Holocaust, and The Blue Card ensures that its clients don't lose their dignity again, in their last years.