The Jewish Healthcare Foundation honors its Montefiore legacy, giving special attention to the health needs of the Jewish community. It has contributed $34.5 million to create and sustain the Jewish Association on Aging, a continuum of care for seniors—from nursing home care to assisted living, home-delivered meals and hospice care. Every year the Foundation also contributes $900,000 to the United Jewish Federation to support the health-related needs of the Jewish community. Those funds have been distributed to the Jewish Association on Aging, Jewish Family and Children's Services, the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Residential Services. Additional special grants maintain the vitality of Riverview Towers and special synagogue, Jewish day school health programs and create new services such as the Squirrel Hill Kosher SuperPantry and the Pittsburgh Regional Immigrant Assistance Center at Jewish Family and Children's Services.
Jewish Association on Aging
In the Jewish tradition, every human life, no matter how frail, has infinite value. Helping our seniors age with dignity, security, and loving care is one of the most important aspects of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's mission. Since 1990, the Foundation has committed over $34.5 million in grants to the Jewish Association on Aging. These funds help support initiatives to create engagement options for active seniors and appropriate geriatric care for all with initiatives that include a broad range of housing, human services, and end-of-life care options.
United Jewish Federation
The Foundation has committed over $10 million to the United Jewish Federation since 1990. The Federation distributes grants to key agencies in the Jewish community, helping to address the community's health-related needs. Some of these initiatives include the Exodus Campaign, which settled refugees from the former Soviet Union, and Shalom Pittsburgh, which worked to attract and retain young professional adults in Pittsburgh.
The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry
The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is the only Food Bank Program in Western Pennsylvania that provides a full array of kosher foods. It began as a response to the needs of the poor and hungry, as identified by the Healthy Jewish Community Project and several follow-up studies. In addition to distributing food to immigrants, the elderly, and the working poor, the small staff and a large number of dedicated volunteers also provide social support services for families in need.
Customer Service Evaluations
This is an ongoing program that provides Jewish community organizations with feedback from their constituencies. A tailored survey determines overall levels of satisfaction, evaluates perceived gaps in service, and allows for collaborative planning of solutions and programs.
Squirrel Hill Health Center
The Squirrel Hill Health Center–a new Federally Qualified Health Center(FQHC) structured, proposed and supported by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation–was created to bring high quality, affordable community-based health care to underserved Pittsburgh area residents. The center welcomes all patients irrespective of their ability to pay for care, and is acutely sensitive to the cultural needs of immigrant populations. The center embodies Perfecting Patient CareSM principles and safety standards pioneered by the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, an organization dedicated to improving and perfecting medical care for doctors and patients alike.