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.
Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for accepting K.W. into the Joshua’s Path BOOST Program at Goodman Jewish Family Services. This has been a wonderful experience for K.W., who was very depressed prior to her participating in BOOST. We were searching for a program for her that would help her develop her social skills, build employment skills, and enhance her independence.
She absolutely loves attending BOOST. The Program Director, Samantha, has developed an outstanding curriculum; one that is sorely lacking in the community. There is a huge gap in services for young adults with IDD over the age of 22. The curriculum was educational and empowering. Lessons were organized and comprehensive. K.W., who is normally distant, opened up to her class and to the coaching staff and developed wonderful new relationships. She learned proper behaviors and how to communicate better with her peers.
The work experiences were her favorite section of the BOOST program. She looked forward to working hard every day and learned skills that have given her confidence to be part of a family. We are confident that K.W. will be able to maintain purposeful employment and will be a contributing member of the community.
-Bonnie, guardian of a BOOST participant
Goodman JFS does amazing things to assist Holocaust survivors maintain their independence while aging with dignity in their own homes, thanks to the funding from the Claims Conference grant. One of our clients, a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor from Poland has stated to her care manager that, “these services have saved her life.” This client has survived Auschwitz concentration camp and other forms of persecution throughout the war. She is a resilient and strong woman, who wanted to be as independent as possible. As she became frailer, she agreed to allow us to provide her with a life alert system (PERS). The day the PERS arrived, she fell and broke her hip. Without the PERS system, she would have not been found until late next morning when her aide arrived. We also provided her with over 100 hours of home care a week until she was fully healed. Her medication made her feel very nauseous and she could not keep food down, so we also made sure she had Publix gift cards to purchase Ensure, as well as a wheelchair, a bed side commode, grab bars and incontinent supplies. The client is very grateful to GJFS and the Claims Conference for “saving her life” and providing her with all the care and financial assistance she needed to recuperate.
-Anonymous, Holocaust survivor care manager
I was so overwhelmed by my situation at the time of having to move. Everyone was very professional. The front desk at Goodman JFS to the Intake Representative. The first meeting with Jeff (Coast to Coast Legal Aid) was so encouraging. I was respected very much. I would refer anyone to this service. The staff at The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard was very helpful. ALL my stress was removed immediately by wonderful and caring people. My experience with everyone was top service and #1 in assisting people going thru any problems.
Secondly, each individual knew their job and was very knowledgeable. I would not be here if I didn’t discover all the services available. Finally, I thank you very much and my family and my friends thank you. I found a shining light at the end of the tunnel.
-Patricia, Financial Assistance client
A retired Army veteran who could not make ends meet came in to The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard wearing his army fatigues and dog tags. He had been living on peanut butter sticks and water from the Dollar Store and had an empty pantry. When he came to The Cupboard, he marveled at the fresh produce, kosher chicken and homemade challah. We filled two bulging bags of groceries for him and he was so grateful that he wanted to hug and thank all of the staff after he finished shopping. “I never needed help before in my life,” he told us.
It is so gratifying to have such a positive impact on those in need in our community, and to know that now there is one less person who has to go to bed hungry tonight.
-Lu Fiegler, The DBJG Cupboard Director
The following are thank you letters received from the children of a Family Link Care Management client who no longer needs our services due to the client’s move to an Assisted Living Facility:
Beryl — thank you so much for your help and guidance through this journey. You made an enormous difference in all of our lives. Your kind guidance helped my mom accept these painful transitions with dignity; your creativeness helped us keep her independent as per her wishes. She is getting the services she now needs at Plantation and seems to be adjusting well. It is not easy to relocate at this time in her life, but it was the right move at the right time…isn’t that what it’s all about? All the best to you and we’ll reach out if we need anything!!
Joan, daughter of a Family Link Care Management client
I’m writing to notify you that Mom will no longer require your services, as she is now settled into her independent living situation and receiving daily home health supervision. Our family is truly grateful for your help in managing this challenging phase of our mother’s life. Should you ever need a reference, don’t hesitate to contact Joan or me.
— Theo, son of a Family Link Care Management client