Stories & Voices
WJCS Offers Support for Sarah, 75, Living Alone With Lupus and Showing Covid-19 Symptoms
March 31st, 2020

Sarah, 75, lives alone, grapples with lupus and other medical complications, and gets by on a limited income. She has relied on a home health aide to help her in the home — and Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), a UJA partner, for emotional and other support. The WJCS Pathways to Care program social worker provides Sarah with phone check-ins, monthly home visits and financial assistance to help with Sarah’s utility bills and medication co-pays.

When social distancing requirements started, Sarah’s home health aide and social worker could no longer come to her home. This past week, Sarah has started showing symptoms of Covid-19.

Sarah’s WJCS social worker now makes daily phone calls to Sarah. Hearing from her social worker, Sarah says, “provides great comfort.” Referrals to local resources and medical facilities also offer her needed support.

For Passover, Sarah will receive one of the free, pre-made seder meals from UJA. UJA is providing 8,500 home-delivered seder meals to individuals and families in need throughout our area.

“I’m so very grateful for all of this help,” Sarah says.