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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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“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

Financial Assistance was recently contacted by a single Mom who called in tears. She has raised her little boy alone since he was 3 months old. She ran a successful business even working on her computer till 4:00am while her child slept. Now he is very ill and, at only four years old, has been diagnosed with arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. He is in constant pain and isolated. He asked his mommy if he would be able to play and run like the other kids when he got older. A drug he took suppressed his immune system, and he could not be around other children. So Mom cannot work during the day. There is hope, because he is now on another medication and hopefully, after one more infusion, he can return to school. Now however, her electricity was about to be disconnected and she was behind on her mortgage. Electricity is not a luxury. She could not cook the special food her child required: all of their food would spoil, his expensive medication would be ruined and there would be no air conditioning. We assisted them with the electricity and mortgage payment so they could remain safely in their home.

-Financial Assistance Care Manager

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