Our Impact Stories

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.

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An 80-year-old man who has been a Goodman JFS client for several years lives on a fixed income that barely covers his basic needs. His sight was deteriorating and he did not have the insurance coverage or the money to pay for glasses. GJFS approved his application and agreed to pay for the glasses. When the check was ready, the client said he would come to pick it up and take it to the eye doctor in person. He took the bus but he was a little lost and was going to walk the rest of the way to our office, which was more than two miles away. The case manager said she would bring him the check and asked several questions to verify his identity. Had the client not been able to get to the eye doctor that day with payment, he would have had to wait two more months, and he really needed his glasses. The client says he now wears his glasses all day, every day!

-Financial Assistance Care Manager

A 78-year-old woman called Goodman JFS requesting assistance with her water bill. She has an adult daughter living with her and both of them are disabled. Her water service had been disconnected for almost two weeks and she was desperate. She called other agencies and they could not assist them because of funds availability. Her son was delivering gallons of water for them to bathe, cook, etc. The care manager visited her at home as she was unable to get a ride to the Goodman JFS office to complete paperwork. They did not have food in the house, even for dinner that night. The care manager arranged for a prepared meal, picked it up and delivered it to them. GJFS paid the water bill and referred them to the Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard for food delivery and assistance completing a SNAP application. The client cried because “no one had ever done that for her before.”

-Financial Assistance Care Manager

A care manager from Goodman JFS visited a client who recently returned to Florida. After all the paperwork was updated and completed, the care manager arranged for client to have a life alert system installed in her home so that she could call for help in case of emergency. The same day that the installation was completed, the client fell down in the bathroom, pressed the button and the ambulance arrived to take her to the hospital. The doctors confirmed that she would have not survived had it not been for the life alert.

-Holocaust Survivor Assistance Care Manager

I have the pleasure of visiting with a couple in the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program each month to deliver their Publix cards. Our visits are special, they have amazing stories to tell. They have such fantastic outlooks on life, it is really inspirational. We invited them to our home for Hanukah, and it wonderful sharing a special night with them. My life has been enriched by these lovely people. I feel like I have benefited from my involvement in this program just as much as they do!!

-Shari, volunteer

As a recently retired individual, JET Express has given to me a feeling of giving back to the community; that feeling is priceless.

-Edward, volunteer

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