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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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“Sam” works as a cook at a small restaurant. He had been trying to keep working despite a recent heart attack, but the restaurant started to lose business weeks ago. This week, they were forced to close. His main concern is his rent. Although most landlords are being understanding during this crisis, he explained his situation is different. His landlady was recently diagnosed with cancer and she desperately needs the income. Goodman JFS has spoken to the landlady and both she and her tenant are greatly relieved that, due to the wonderful community support, GJFS will be able to pay the rent.

-"Sam's" Financial Assistance Care Manager

“Joe” is a restaurant worker who has been furloughed for at least the next 30 days. Earlier this year, Joe was hospitalized with some major health issues which impeded his ability to work, causing him to fall behind on his March rent. He was just catching up on medical bills and getting back on his feet when the Coronavirus pandemic hit in Florida, closing  the restaurant.  He is anxious to get back to work as soon as possible, even though he has days when he works with much discomfort. In  the meantime, he is in the difficult position of deciding to pay for medications or rent and he has turned to Goodman JFS for some assistance.

-"Joe's" Financial Assistance Care Manager

An 89 yr. old Russian Holocaust Survivor Program client with progressive Parkinson’s and multiple side effects as result, enjoys participating in the Active@Home Technology Program for Homebound Holocaust Survivors immensely. He can utilize the remote even with his physical difficulties and participates in the different programs. The client is very grateful for this technology that adds to his quality of life.

-Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program Manager

I must tell you this program far exceeded any and all of my expectations. I never imagined that all would go so well and my boy or young adult would be so happy. We are very pleased with the BOOST program. The roundtable was very informative. As a parent, I truly did appreciate meeting my Moms. Please feel free to use my contact information if need be. Thank you for all you and your team have done. May you continue to be blessed.

-Gina Gonzalez

A 96 year old male Holocaust survivor from Poland who was severely persecuted by the Nazis in various ghettos and concentration camps before being liberated in 1945. He lost his wife, who was also a Holocaust survivor, less than a year ago.  In the last year, this client has declined greatly and is no longer mobile or able to swallow solid foods. Thanks to our Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program, and funds received from the Claims Conference, Goodman JFS has been providing the client with financial assistance to purchase pureed food so that he can eat. The client has been receiving the maximum home care assistance and some additional home care hours paid from donations. The home health aides assist the client with daily activities including bathing, dressing, light cleaning, feeding him and others. In addition, the client is on the monthly grocery card program and can purchase additional food. Without the assistance received from the Claims Conference through Goodman JFS, the client would not be able to live alone in his own home and would not be able to have his basic needs met. He is always positive and very grateful to GJFS for providing him with the assistance needed to live his final years with dignity.

-Holocaust Survivor Assistance Director

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