The need was great, according to social worker Ellen Blalock. Many of the Holocaust survivors in the DC area were seeking medical attention for dental problems but funding wasn’t substantial enough to cover those needs.
Blalock, who coordinates the Holocaust Survivors Programme, said “We were very anxious to seek partners to help address these needs.” Now, with the help of other organizations in the area, the Jewish Social Services Agency will begin offering pro-bono dental treatment to provide basic dental care to survivors of the Holocaust.
Blalock says the programme is vital because it will aid survivors who are in desperate need of dental attention. “Some are in great pain, which can even prevent them from eating,” she says. The program will help survivors “live the last years of their lives in dignity and comfort.”