Our Impact

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.

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

As an example of how Joshua’s Path/BOOST Disability Services helps families, I met an aging caregiver at one of our monthly seminars, who shared with me that she was widowed and had an adult daughter with a developmental disability. Having recently relocated from another state, her daughter was just sitting at home, with no friends, no job, no opportunities for socialization, and really no plan for the future. We connected the daughter with JCC’s Gib U Program for adults with special needs. She loved the classes and she even made several friends. We also helped the mother to find appropriate classes for seniors, where she too has met friends and stayed active. Shortly thereafter, we learned that the daughter dreamed of having a job. We were thrilled to offer her a spot in our inaugural BOOST session, where she made significant progress with her social skills, as well as many new friends. We are both excited and proud to report that she successfully graduated BOOST in September and is currently working with Best Buddies using her abilities, skills and interests to find her dream job. Within just a few months, this family’s life has been totally transformed through the support of Joshua’s Path, and we feel so honored and privileged to have been instrumental in their journey. Like many other families who we have supported through Joshua’s Path, they are no longer just surviving, but truly thriving.

Joshua’s Path/BOOST Program Manager

“I’m a married mother of five children, ages 5-14. Our family recently moved to South Florida. Adjusting to life in Florida was exciting, yet financially we were getting crushed. I discovered The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard through the Posnack JCC, and I have been visiting for nearly six months. It has been a tremendous help for my family, providing us with staple foods that adds up for a family of seven.

Vicky and the staff are so professional, and I never felt embarrassed or ashamed to visit. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Each time I visit I am amazed by the generosity of this organization and its donors. I am used to helping others. Now I’m on the receiving end, and as much as I wish I weren’t, God willing one day I will be privileged to join this special organization as a donor.

It is said that the highest level of sharing is when neither the giver nor the receiver, know each other. What a blessing that the Jewish community such an organization full of unsung heroes, quietly doing their holy work of caring for others with no desire for accolades.”

Anonymous Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard client

On behalf of our students, thank you so much for delivering your session on Healthy Romantic Relationships at this year’s Broward County Public School’s Fall Gay Student Alliance Summit! Your session was a smash hit with students as demonstrated by the positive feedback on the surveys and the number who attended. Your session was the highest ranked breakout session with almost everyone who attended noting that it exceeded expectation or was great. This subject was something that students asked for and we’re so grateful that you two came together to make such a great presentation that they found useful and informative. This was our biggest and, some would say, best Summit yet and we wouldn’t have been able to pull this off without your help.

Tiffany Richards, South Florida Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator

We recently received the following note from a family in which the mother, the main bead winner suffered a massive stroke. The Financial Assistance Program has been helping with the mortgage and car payment:

“There are no words to express how thankful we are for the assistance you gave us. Not sure how we would be managing without it. Life has sent us a curve ball and we are trying to navigate it. We appreciate the help, it’s very important that after all I’ve been through at least our lives are not completely shattered. Every day is a battle to be strong and push forward.

Thank you for making it possible for semblance of normalcy.

May hashem bless you for helping others. May we all have health and happiness.”

Financial Assistance Care Manager

Just a quick note that say thanks a million!!! The client picked up his glasses yesterday and he is absolutely over the moon and can’t stop talking about it! He can finally see and read again. He was surprised to find out how clear his picture on is TV is.

Thanks again for all you do!!! You guys are invaluable to a lot of people in Broward.

Tanja, Program Officer, Community Impact, United Way of Broward County

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 through 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

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