Our Impact

How We Make a Difference

Goodman JFS is dedicated to serving the Broward County community by empowering individuals and protecting the vulnerable. Read the many ways our innovative social services have impacted lives.

Goodman JFS has been a lifeline for me and my child. We would have had to choose between medicine and food if it wasn’t for The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard!”

Mindy L., The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard Client

“Because they took the time to get to know me, I was paired with an amazing therapist who is a perfect fit for me. I’ve seen several therapists before with other agencies and I have never clicked with someone as much as I do here. I feel very heard and understood in session. My therapist is very attentive and very easy to talk to.”

Scott G., Jeff Masarek Behavioral Health Center Client

“The love, care, respect given to me by the staff at Goodman JFS each month is more than I appreciate. Being a shut-in without transportation and barely any money, the food deliveries from The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard help me to survive. Thank you!”

Mary S., Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard Client

“Thank you for being my support, morally and financially at times. Goodman JFS is like my extended family and I’ll be forever grateful for helping me get through those difficult times.”

Anonymous Client, Domestic Abuse Program

“Last week, the RAK PAK Clothing Closet of Goodman JFS contacted me about a pair of Tallit (prayer shawl) that was donated. I had a client that had asked for one recently. When I gave it to him, he immediately started crying. It was beautiful and heartwarming to watch. Through our wraparound services, I was also able to connect him with the Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard for assistance with food insecurity.”

Case Manager, Homeless Prevention

“My name is Scott S., I was referred to Goodman JFS for help in the most trying time of my life. What they have done for me is nothing but a blessing. They saved my life in every way and for that I am truly grateful. I have never met someone who is so dedicated to helping and caring, which I was so desperate for. I will never forget what was done for me, it saved my life. Thank you for everything.”

Scott S., Client, Multiple GJFS Programs

“Hello, everyone, my name is Diamond, and I am part of the BOOST Program. When I first came into the program it didn’t take me long to talk to everyone as I love to make new friends. I felt happy and safe with the people around me. Later on, I started experiencing some negativity that soon dissipated because of the awesome people around me who supported me and the activities we all performed. I love socializing with my friends and going out on outings every Thursday. Thank you for making this the greatest experience of my life.”

Diamond, Joshua’s Path BOOST Program Participant

“I just received a bed thanks to Goodman JFS. They did it very quickly. I now have a bed in my room, it’s a miracle. Thank you very very very much. I don’t know how to say more than thank you, I appreciate it.”

Boris V., Homeless Prevention Client

I was no stranger to therapy when I came to Goodman JFS for help. I was in the middle of a situational life crisis, a health scare, and what looked to be the start of a long legal divorce battle. I did not know if I was going to be able to withstand this tsunami I was facing. The threat of being caught in the wave and drowning, amidst its pressure seemed inevitable, yet months later here I am.

Therapy does not remove the tsunami, but it does provide me with the tools to make my own scuba gear. The wetsuit to keep me protected from the elements, the oxygen tank to breathe underwater and a face mask to see the world around and catch a glimpse of beauty or spark joy in my life. I was unable to see anything but the tsunami before me and now I’m able to catch glimpses into the horizon, I didn’t think I was ever going to see again.

Anonymous Client, Jeff Masarek Behavioral Health Center

A couple who are both neurodivergent met in last year’s BOOST session and started dating at the end of the session. One is very interested in sexual relations but has a lot of misinformation about what sex is and how to initiate. The other person in the couple is less interested in sexual relations but wanted to know more about safety and language about sex. They both came to the Relationship, Sex, and Sexuality Workshop and now are talking to each other about boundaries and asking for consent for any touching. They both shared they have been able to grow their relationship with the information they were given in the workshop and feel more comfortable with their bodies and their future together.

Joshua’s Path/BOOST Program Manager

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Jewish Federation
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Claims Conference
Federal Ministry of Finance on the basis of a decision of the Bundestag
Jewish Family Homecare