RESCUER SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) provides monthly financial assistance to some 650 aged and needy Righteous Gentiles living in 21 countries. The majority of the rescuers receiving financial support live in Eastern Europe, with Poland having the largest number of rescuers.
The Foundation began by supporting eight rescuers in the late 1980s. In 2012 the JFR distributed more than $1.2 million in direct support of Righteous Gentiles. The number of rescuers receiving monthly assistance from the Foundation grew over the years to a high of 1,750 in 2003. In 2013, the JFR expects to distribute approximately $1.7 million to Righteous Gentiles.
Rescuers receive awards in U.S. dollars three times during the year. The calculation of the award is based on a monthly stipend, with each award covering a period of four months. Rescuers use the funds to cover the costs of food, home heating fuel, medical care, medication, and emergency needs. The JFR also awards a small grant, upon request, to help defray funeral expenses. Depending on availability of funds, the Foundation also provides one-time grants for the purchase of food during the Christmas holiday season to rescuers living in Poland and other Eastern European countries.
The Foundation remains committed to supporting these rescuers throughout the remainder of their lives. Over the past seventeen years, the Foundation has awarded more than $32 million to these aging heroes.
The JFR currently provides monthly financial assistance to some 650 aged and needy rescuers living in the countries listed on the left.