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.
On a monthly basis, the Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard calls the daughter of a client to obtain her mother’s grocery needs. After the client received her delivery, her daughter, who lives in New Jersey, called to thank us. She said, “without the DBJG Cupboard, her mother would have nothing and because she lives so far away she is beyond grateful for our work.”
-Daughter of a client, The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard
An 80-year-old woman on oxygen, who recently underwent a double mastectomy, is trying to live on $1200 a month Social Security. She called because she read Goodman JFS can help with food. She confided that she stopped eating so much since she didn’t have enough money to pay her bills. She also added that a lot of her money is spent on cabs, although the American Cancer Society does provide a volunteer to take her to cancer related appointments such as chemotherapy. Enter The DBJG Cupboard, Gift cards and JET Express. The client is so happy she reached out to GJFS and could not believe people could treat her with such kindness.
-Goodman JFS Case Manager
JET Express volunteer Bonnie says that volunteering has changed her life! She goes on to say, “Being able to assist the riders creates a “feel good” emotion that takes you out of your life and into theirs. Volunteering has truly made an impact on my life and my riders. Their wisdom and life experience helps me to view my life circumstances differently and they’re so appreciative of the program that gets them to their appointments or social events when they previously were not able.”
-Bonnie, JET Express volunteer
A 78-year-old client contacted Goodman JFS in tears because his electricity was disconnected just after being released from the hospital. Other agencies in the community that he contacted required that he come into their locations but that was difficult because he is in a wheelchair, living alone, with no immediate means of transportation. Imagine food spoiling in the fridge, medication unable to be cooled and no AC. The situation could have easily gone from bad to worse.
Because GJFS is a community partner with FPL, our care manager contacted them immediately and was able to get the electricity restored within one hour!