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Supporting Ukrainian Refugees

22 March 2022

In our recent trustee meeting we committed to opening our doors to Ukrainian refugees; in particular, older people or those with disabilities. Last week we provided a Holocaust survivor and her disabled daughter, who have fled Ukraine, with keys to a home.

Chief Executive, Lisa Wimborne, commented: “I read about Zac Newman who was in Poland trying to bring Kateryna his grandmother-in-law and mother-in-law, Larysa who is registered disabled to the UK. I immediately reached out to Zac and his wife, Katya, via their fundraising page and within 24 hours of first speaking to them we were handing them the keys to their temporary new home. The flat they are staying in is situated in Jewish Blind & Disabled’s development just down the road from Zac, Katya and their children. The tenants there couldn’t have been more welcoming and supportive – it really has been so touching to see.”

Our doors remain open for more people. We will now focus on ensuring we have furnished flats and support in place to respond quickly. We are best placed to support older or disabled people who would benefit from our unique offering of independent living with 24/7 onsite support.

Katya’s story:

 

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