The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) invites the participation of NJHSA US member agencies in good standing to join in a collaborative response to a Request for Proposals issued by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and its Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. The focus for this Request for Proposals is for National Networks to provide for Innovations in Person-Centered, Trauma-informed Supportive Services for Older Adults with Histories of Trauma with a program response utilizing technology to address social isolation. The JFNA and its Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care is issuing this RFP as an initiative of its grant from the US Administration for Community Living (ACL).
In response to the JFNA RFP, NJHSA proposes to establish a partnership with Uniper Care to bring the Uniper Care technology to a maximum of 5 participating NJHSA member agencies, with the goal of serving a maximum of 650 older adults through a collaborative consortium of participating agencies. The target populations to be served are older adults with histories of trauma who struggle with social isolation. Target populations can include Holocaust Survivors, older adults who are Refugees, Victims of Domestic Violence, Veterans, older adults who have experienced racial, economic or gender discrimination or those with histories of trauma resulting in need for ongoing mental health and other supportive services. Vulnerable, at-risk and frail older adults with particular struggles associated with the impact of COVID-19 may also be considered for this grant.
The funding to be made available through this RFP will be a two-year grant to support core costs associated with implementing the Uniper Care technology with participating agencies. Learn more about the Uniper Care program here. Agencies are asked to provide required staffing as needed. Those staffing costs may represent required match contributions. Participating agencies will be required to document a match of at least 25% to support related costs (administrative costs, social work case management staffing, program expenses, etc.)
Total grant for NJHSA will not exceed $400,000 per year, beginning in January 2021, with the understanding that the funds will be divided among a maximum of up to 5 participating NJHSA agencies, with the goal for each participating agency of serving a maximum of 130 older adults with histories of trauma who struggle with social isolation. Agencies may choose to allocate participating clients between the Uniper TV version and the Uniper web-based version (for clients who prefer access via computers or tablets as opposed to television sets). Agencies may also estimate the number of clients (up to a maximum of 40% of participating clients) that will need assistance with securing access to internet connectivity (required for both options). Uniper is able to help with making arrangements for those clients requiring such access at a subsidized rate.
Agencies interested in applying should complete the application by close of business on Monday, November 30, 2020. (View a pdf of the application here. This is just for your reference, not to be submitted.) You will receive a confirmation of your submission. Grants will be announced by the end of December 2020 and the program will commence in January 2021.
Please contact Reuben Rotman, CEO at the Network with any questions.