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.
The COVID-19 virus has affected our family in ways we were not prepared for and did not expect. We are a family of four. Our 11-year-old daughter has ADHD and our 7-year-old son has asthma, a heart murmur and a history of seizures. We have a mortgage, a car loan, a personal loan, one credit card and past hospital bills from our last visit to the ER with our son. This is without counting the basic utilities (electricity, water, trash, cellphone, cable, etc.). We are usually able to cover these expenses with both of our incomes – until now.
My husband was laid off and our family receives health insurance coverage provided by his employer. Now with everything going on, we not only have to face the loss of his income but also the loss of the insurance coverage for our children.
Our son’s seizure medication costs $400 for two doses. Our biggest concern right now is not being able to have health insurance. While I am still working, my employer has informed me that our future is uncertain and we might be let go at some point.
I understand that this situation is affecting a lot of people, and I pray we will all come out of this united and stronger, but it is a scary time. The uncertainty for a parent to be able to keep their children safe is really heartbreaking. I hope that Goodman JFS is able to help us in any way.
-Anonymous, Financial Assistance
“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.