Engage volunteers had the honor of hosting an energetic group of guests at our second coffeehouse event at the JCC with the support of Selfhelp Community Services on February 10th.
Selfhelp was founded in 1936 to help emigres fleeing from Nazi persecution find new lives in America. Throughout the decades, their comprehensive services have enabled Survivors to retain their well-earned independence, self-respect and quality of life. Today, Selfhelp cares for a greater number of Holocaust Survivors than any other organization in North America. From addressing health and safety issues to providing social opportunities, Selfhelp's seven Nazi Victim Services program locations offer enhanced case management services with special attention to their unique needs, home care in particular. Equally important is their unwavering commitment to be "the last surviving relative" to all victims of Nazi persecution.
Our guests connected, kibitzed and noshed, enjoying each other's company for several hours. Many guests already knew each other and many formed new bonds. They always seem very thankful for the support from Engage volunteers and say they look forward to the next event.
I have volunteered on several occasions with this vibrant and engaging group and can say it's one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I encourage everyone to get involved and volunteer at the next coffeehouse event.