CJE SeniorLife Awarded $64,275 Direct Service Grant by RRF Foundation for Aging to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Older Adults

CHICAGO, July 6, 2021 – CJE SeniorLife (CJE) was recently awarded a $64,275 Direct Service Grant by RRF Foundation for Aging to create the CJE Legal Help Desk, which will provide pro bono legal services to older adults (age 60+).

Rachel Lessem, PhD, JD, Research Scientist at CJE’s Leonard Schanfield Research Institute, and Tamara Kushnir Groman, JD, Lead Attorney and Legal and Financial Educator at CJE will lead the project.

Based on the Medical-Legal Partnership model, this initiative will focus on addressing the lack of legal services for older adults. With this new funding, the CJE team will train social service providers, medical providers, and community members to identify legal problems that can have an adverse effect on health, and to identify health problems that have a legal solution. The project will also work collaboratively with Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Geriatric and Emergency Departments and other community partners. Bringing legal services that are embedded in both health care and social service provision is critical and will ensure better health, financial stability, and quality of life for older adults in the greater Chicago area.

CJE’s project was selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet RRF’s mission, goals, and objectives, as well as program criteria. For more information, please visit RRF Foundation for Aging’s website: rrf.org/what-we-fund.

The CJE Legal Help Desk started seeing clients on July 1, 2021. To learn more about the CJE Legal Help Desk, visit cje.net/LegalHelpDesk or contact LegalHelpDesk@cje.net. For more information about CJE's Leonard Schanfield Research Institute, please visit cje.net/research.



Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through an innovative, comprehensive network that includes life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education. CJE is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information about CJE services, call 773.508.1000 or visit www.cje.net.

Contact: Nicole Bruce
Phone: 773.508.1026
E-Mail: Nicole.Bruce@cje.net