The Blue Card offers its invaluable help to Holocaust survivors through a variety of vital programs.

How We Help

Fighting Cancer Together

The Siggi B. Wilzig, OBM "Fighting Cancer Together" Program is designed specifically to alleviate the plight of survivors who are suffering from cancer. Studies have shown that Holocaust survivors are not only 3 times more likely to suffer from cancer than members of the same age group within the general population, but are also more likely to die from the disease. As researcher Micha Barchana of the University of Haifa points out, “…malnutrition and near-starvation are responsible for the cancer legacy…” In light of these circumstances, The Siggi B. Wilzig, OBM “Fighting Cancer Together” Program seeks to ensure that survivors suffering from cancer have access to the aid that they need, in order to successfully battle this dreadful disease, by covering the medical co-pays as well as the transportation and dietary costs that cancer stricken survivors may incur.


Description of The Blue Card’s Programs

1. Claims Conference Emergency Cash Assistance Program – One time grant assistance for emergency needs including:
  • Housing and related costs, such as late payments to prevent eviction or homelessness or shut-off of utilities
  • Emergency Relocation
  • Food purchases
  • Medical and dental care, including medical equipment, not otherwise covered by insurance
  • Essential clothing and footwear
  • Purchase and repair of essential major and minor appliances
2. Emergency Prevention Programs:
  • Monthly Stipend - supports the most poverty-stricken survivors with monthly checks.
  • Telephone Emergency Response System - provides the system to Holocaust survivors who do not have the financial resources to pay for installation, service, and maintenance.
3. Health and Wellbeing Programs:
  • Fighting Cancer Together - offers aid to survivors battling cancer. Assistance is available for transportation to appointments, medical co-pays, nutrition and emotional support.
  • Vitamins - provides survivors with multivitamins, minerals, and supplements, and liquid meals.
  • Jewish Holiday - provides financial support for the High Holidays, Hanukkah and for Passover, giving survivors the financial means to have a happier holiday season.
  • Mazel Tov Birthday - provides survivors with a card on their birthday. Receiving a birthday card means a great deal to survivors who lost their entire families during the war.
  • Summer Vacation - Survivors are provided with handicapped-accessible accommodations, transportation, scheduled meals, and a well-planned itinerary, making the program structured, safe, and group-oriented.
  • Bring a Smile - provides additional support for terminally ill Holocaust survivors. The program essentially grants survivors their final wish.
4. Educational and Outreach Programs:
  • Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Training for Dental and Medical professionals working with Holocaust survivors – provides sensitivity training to medical and dental profession working with Holocaust survivors.
  • Nutrition Guidance - Educates Survivors on proper nutrition.
  • Hospital Visitation - offers volunteer visits to hospitalized Holocaust survivors who need guidance and emotional support.

The Blue Card is the only agency that provides continuing, ongoing support for medical care, rent subsidies, food and other basic needs to indigent Holocaust survivors.

Annual Report to the Community 2019