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Causes: Human Services

Mission: Mission Statement The JT Townsend Foundation (JTTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds, provide financial assistance, and/or adaptive equipment for children and adults with disabilities. JT suffered a near fatal hit playing high school football and ended up a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. He met 2005 PLAYERS Champion-Fred Funk who built his family a wheelchair accessible home. JT had a dream. The JTTF is the Townsend family’s way of giving back to the community that so generously provided for JT after his injury. Sadly,JT passed away suddenly in June 2013 after he had successfully started his foundation. The JTTF will better many lives and provide support for important research. The Foundation operates in complete compliance with established federal and state regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin

Results: This non profit was formed in 2010 and has been able to help many people with various pieces of equipment they could not afford to have otherwise. As of spring of 2016 we have helped over 260 families with more than $520K in equipment and financial assistance.

Target demographics: People living on Florida's First Coast meeting the mission statement criteria.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2019 we helped 107 families with more than $219,000 in adaptive equipment and financial assistance.

Geographic areas served: Florida/Georgia First Coast

Programs: We offer help to those who have been denied by insurance for pieces of adaptive equipment that can make their lives better. We also help with financial assistance for items such as IPads, ramps, adaptive strollers and activity chairs.

Community Stories

154 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you very much for the generous gifts of a stroller for Rocco and for sponsoring his adapted car at Go Baby Go! Rocco has now grown out of his umbrella stroller so having a special needs stroller makes it easier to take him places since he is not able to walk without a device. He loves his Go Baby Go car and can now be mobile outside with the other kids. Thank you very much for making a difference in our lives! Sincerely - Tamara, Peter, and Rocco Lobravico

Lisa G.16

Client Served

Rating: 5

My heart is so full of thankfulness. There is no doubt that this company—especially Carmen, has been a blessing to my son and myself! We were given an adaptable bike through wonderful people who donated on our behalf. My son has a chromosome abnormality and he has hypotonia which can make it difficult to get around, let alone for him to enjoy the pleasures that many typical children do. This bike will help him with exercise, getting around, and it’s just so much fun! And, as the mom, it will get me some exercise too (which is just a bonus). Carmen was wonderful at keeping me up to date and even delivering the bike once it arrived! My son was overjoyed and wanted to ride it right away! I cannot express how truly grateful I am to those who donated, to all the companies involved, to JT Townsend, Carmen & Patty. Thank you!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

J T Townsend Foundation helped possible First Coast Honor Flight's inaugural flight on October 2, 2021.

First Coast Honor Flight, Inc. (FCHF) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit whose sole mission is to transport World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans, as well as critically ill veterans from any service era, to Washington DC to visit the monuments and memorials which honor their service and sacrifice. FCHF primarily serves veterans in nine counties in Northeast Florida. There are 125 Honor Flight Hubs nationwide, all with the same mission, all staffed entirely by volunteers, and all entirely dependent on private and corporate donations.

FCHF was established in March 2020 just before the coronavirus pandemic "broke" across the U.S. As a result, FCHF's ability to fundraise for our inaugural flight was severely impacted.

An essential component of every Honor Flight is providing a wheelchair for *every veteran* traveling on each flight -- for us, that meant 25 chairs. We were having a difficult time obtaining either good-condition donated wheelchairs, or funding to purchase new wheelchairs, for our inaugural Honor Flight, which was finally scheduled for October 2, 2021 after six pandemic-dictated delays.

We were deep into the summer of 2021, still lacking several wheelchairs, and worried. Without 25 wheelchairs, we could not fly! We heard of the JT Townsend Foundation through another veteran service organization, and FCHF submitted a grant request for enough wheelchairs to make our Honor Flight logistically possible.

The response from JT Townsend Foundation was swift. After a couple calls for us to provide additional background information, our request was approved! The whole process was quick, less than two months from request to approval, and the Foundation staff were gracious and engaged.

We were delighted to have Carmen Townsend, Pauline Gerry, and Carlos Zeigler at our inaugural Orientation event, where they proudly presented the eight (8) beautiful new wheelchairs we had requested in the presence of our assembled inaugural flight group of 25 Veterans, 25 Guardians, FCHF Volunteers, and other guests.

Photos to follow.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank the JT Townsend foundation for repairing my wheelchair ramp, the ramp was over 10 years old and was in need of serious repair. I have the ability to acess my home without the worry of falling through some rotton boards.The JT Townsend Foundation has really been a God send, thank you so much..

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation has truly left it's mark on the clients I serve. As a private practice owner, it is very comforting to know I have someone to turn to when client's medically necessary equipment is denied by insurance. I cannot remember a time when we have asked for something a client needed and JT Townsend did not deliver! They are truly a vital part of our community in Jacksonville and we are forever grateful for them! - Kate and the Bold Child Co. team!

Bree H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about the JT Townsend Foundation through a friend. I had shared the fact that my father, John, was a paraplegic. She explained to me about the foundation. I knew of JT's story, having lived here on the First Coast, but it never occurred to me that we would one day need the foundation's help. Although my Dad has been a paraplegic since 2006, he was doing great at the time. Then one day, life threw a major curve ball at us. My father became extremely ill, and was in and out of the hospital for two months, bed-ridden for 85 days total. The bed he had at home was pretty standard. Once he was discharged from he hospital, we would need a much better bed for his healing. I recalled what my friend had told me about the foundation and JT's story. I applied for assistance on my parent's behalf. When the call came, that the foundation had approved our request and would cover the cost of the bed, we shed tears of joy and happiness. We were in disbelief; our faith restored. There is so much goodness in the world. Thank you, JT, from the bottom of our hearts. Your legacy lives on through the lives you touch. My father is improving every day,. He is now starting to transfer to his wheelchair more often (a task he did regularly, multiple times a day before this happened). The therapies and functions this bed has to offer have improved his life so much and this bed is literally making him better. I don't know what we would have done otherwise. We never could have made this happen without the JT Foundation's help. Thank you JT!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Avery was blessed with receiving a jogger from the JT foundation. He had previously outgrown his jogger and didn’t have a jogger to go outside and exercise with his family. Thankfully, the JT foundation stepped in and allowed Avery to now enjoy the outdoors! He loves his new jogger and can now go to more places than ever like the mountains in North Carolina. We will definitely be able to use it for many years to come! We truly appreciate the JT foundation and all that they do for our special kids in the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to the J T Townsend Foundation, thanks to you, my son Charlie has his new special needs stroller, we are very happy and we can go with Charlie to walk to many places that we could not before because of his difficulty in walking. Thank you very much and many blessings.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 6 year old daughter Caila received her Special Needs Stroller today. What a blessing to our family. Thank you so much for making this possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is William Scales and two months ago I need a Transfer Seat for my 2015 handicap Accessible Dodge Caravan problem was I didn’t have the cash. It was suggested I talk to Miss Carmen the TJ Townsend Foundation. Anyone that knows Miss Carmen knows she has a loving heart and soul I will try to help everyone. She asked a little about my past my present and also about my future endeavorsShe explain to me how the process worked and how to submit the form for a grant . I followed her instructions one online filled out the form and submitted my grant. Within two weeks Mobility Works in Jacksonville either answer that they were paying the complete cost for my transfer say I felt blessed. Thank you JT Townsend Foundation .

Client Served

Rating: 5

JTTF purchased an iPad for my newly adopted son to use as his communication device, and the results have been tremendous! He is speaking in sentences with his device and his whole world has been opened up since he for the device to communicate!

Tyler came to me from foster care at age 13 and was adopted in August of 2019. He went through YEARS of neglect both in foster care and before that with his biological family. When I first met Tyler he was in a stroller and would only crawl on his knees. I made it my priority to get him the therapy and care that he deserves and frankly is entitled to! In the first year that he was with me, he moved to a wheelchair, then a walker and finally being able to ambulate on his own within the house and short distances.
Tyler’s had a diagnosis of CTNNB1, which is a rare genetic disorder. It replicates cerebral palsy and autism. He is non-verbal but communicates with a device thanks to the JT Townsend Foundation. He is one of the brightest and most determined young men you will meet! He loves to read, play music, and his laugh is infectious!

Client Served

Rating: 5

His smile says it all!!! Thank you to the JT Townsend Foundation for providing Emmanuel’s adaptive bike. He loves his bike and the freedom that comes with it for him. Is hard to get him off of it as he loves to ride it. Thank you again for such blessing.

Kathleen Hopson

Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation provided this Rifton Hygiene & Toileting System for my seven year old daughter after it was denied by our insurance company. This is the second piece of equipment that the JTTF has provided for us over the past few years and we are so grateful! The JT Townsend Foundation is very easy to work with - Ms. Carmen is caring, thorough, and quick to respond to our needs. This chair arrived quickly and with all the positioning pieces my daughter needed - she loves it! We are very thankful to have an organization like the JT Townsend Foundation in our area!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation provided a Special Tomato Push Chair for my 4-year-old daughter, Anna. This stroller has made such a difference for our family! Anna depends on a gait trainer for mobility but is unable to walk long distances with it. Now that we have the Special Tomato, our family is more easily able to go on family outings. We have been to the the zoo, the science museum, and even Disney World with the stroller. It is more comfortable and practical for Anna than a wheelchair, but our insurance company would not cover it. Working with JTTF was very easy. My daughter's physical therapist reached out to Ms. Carmen and asked for the Special Tomato and JTTF provided it - it was as simple as that! Our family is so very thankful for the JT Townsend Foundation and for all they are doing for the disabled community in our area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so very grateful for the support of the Townsend foundation. I am quadriplegic and my power wheelchair is an essential part of my life. When it came time to replace my chair, the insurance denied coverage for the eye-level lift function. This is the aspect of the chair that allows me to adjust its height. Without this function, my quality of life would be seriously impaired. The Townsend foundation graciously stepped in to pay for the eye-level lift. I will never forget the kindness shown to me by the foundation.

A. Lowe


Below is a photo of me at a waterway park.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank You J T Townsend Foundation!

I was 40 when I took a fall from a tree that I was cutting. I suffered a spinal cord injury at the C5/C6 level and have been in power wheelchair ever since, I'm now 64 and a surprise to many still getting along pretty well. My wheelchair is getting a little worn and needs to be replaced but as you may know insurance companies although irreplaceable are selective on what they cover. My wheelchair has an elevated seat to make transfers easier. My insurance company denied the claim for the elevated seat and other adaptive equipment. I spoke with the supplier of the wheelchair and was told of the J T Townsend Foundation. I submitted a request for assistance.
Today I spoke with Carmen, what a pleasure! I told Carmen a little about myself and the challenges we faced and she said that they could help me with my situation. It wasn't until the end of our conversation that I realized that I was speaking to J T's mom.

Thanks for your help Carmen and am sure J T is looking down and smiling at what his foundation is doing in our community.

Gary C.

Vicky C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love the JT Townsend Foundation! As a pediatric physical therapist, I often write letters to insurance companies requesting durable medical equipment for kids. Unfortunately there are occasions where insurance refuses to pay for the needed equipment, and without the generosity of the JT Townsend Foundation, our little ones with special needs would not get the equipment they need. A little guy named Hudson who has cerebral palsy just received a transit stroller and he can now navigate his very large school campus without falling behind because he uses a walker! Thank You Ms Carmen!!
Vicky Carregal, MSPT

Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation is exceptional. Unlike most foundation they actually allow you to ask for whatever you think you might need and then they see if it’s appropriate for you to get. Most foundation decide before hand what you can or can’t apply for and most don’t help with the purchase of a FES bike but it’s well known that these bikes are extremely beneficial to maintain proper health in people with SCI so thank you the JT Townsend Foundation for allowing me to remain healthy after my SCI, it makes a world of a difference for my health.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend foundation is a wonderful non profit and local resource for us special needs parents and caregivers. The provided my daughter with a quality car seat that gives her the support and safety she needs as a child with low muscle tone and mobility.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to give a HUGH Thank you to Ms. Carmen and the JT Townsend foundation. They helped me to be able to do more things in my home because of my new lift wheelchair. This wheelchair actually moves up & down allowing me to reach things that I was not able to in the past. It also helps me in public places, I'm able to reach things instead of driving around the store looking for someone to help me. I didn't know the process would be so quick and easy and I am gracefully thankful for you'll being there. Please continue to be a blessing to special need families, it is certainly appreciated

Sincerely,

Rosetta Holmes

Thank you, thank you and thank you. God Bless you'll!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped build a beautiful ramp for my son. Now he can go outside much easier and go for his walk in his gait trainer or his wheelchair!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much to JT Townsend Foundation in getting my daughter the necessary communication device to aid in her speech therapy. You are truly dedicated in helping others achieve their maximum potential regardless of their conditions. I feel so blessed to have been introduced to a wonderful nonprofit with an amazing history. The professionalism and speedy process was also a plus. I recommend this foundation to anyone looking for hope and a difference.
Thank you!

Sarah L.15

Client Served

Rating: 5

First and foremost we’d like to say thank you to the JT Townsend foundation for all of the incredible things that they do to assist special needs families. JT’s legacy is truly an inspiration and that lives on through Carmen and this foundation. Her care and desire to help families acquire medically necessary equipment is nothing short of a miracle. Carmen helped our family equip our van to secure Brianna’s wheelchair so she can safely travel to appointments and outings. This not only helps Brianna but my mother and I to be able to provide Brianna with a smooth entry into the vehicle that locks and secures. Brianna has Cerebral Palsy, Lung Disease and other underlying medical conditions. Each day is a blessing and she is truly a miracle. This donation means the world to us! We cannot thank you all enough for providing our family the support, my sister the safety and my mom with the peace of mind.

Thank you,

The Larrabee Family

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so greatful and Blessed to have gotten help with Modifications for my New Powerchair through the JT Townsend Foundation! Ms. Carmen was so helpful! Without the help i received it would have been very difficult to afford getting the modifications i needed to be more independent! Now i have the freedom to go further in my life i feel so very blessed! THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!! Mark Brisbane

Client Served

Rating: 5

JT Townsend Foundation has helped me so much!! I’m very thankful for all their help! I am progressing little by little each month it seems like. It’s very important for me to keep on working and doing therapy at brooks. But insurance stops helping and things get expensive, I’m so grateful to JT Townsend foundation for helping me to
Continue my therapy. I’m getting more leg movement and can only hope that I continue to make progress and someday walk again =)

Client Served

Rating: 5

After receiving custody of my 10 year old from his bio mom, he didn't have much at all.his wheelchair was in disrepair and bulky we need a stroller for him that would be easy for me (mom if 3 under ten) to get in and out of vehicle and son into easier. Well the JJGF did just that. Through Wolfson's we were put in contact with them and it was smooth sailing after that! We received a wonderful co card stroller that my son loves ty
JTTU

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi,

My name is Cheryl Young. I am 66 years old and i am legally blind and i { live independently and happily alone. I have had Multiple Sclerosis since 1997 but, fortunately, I am otherwise healthy. I enjoyed an active life with friends and family, early morning daily five
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mile runs and I was also a law professor.

I enjoyed life! I was referred to Carmen by a counselor at Numoion, a Forida company that sold me two (2) wheelchairs over the years.

I have been manically independent all of my life and when my legs became more and more "wobbly", i feared that I would have to start investigating independent living facilities that I could afford.

I was almost at the point of panic and I don't normally panic, but the onrushing possibility of the loss of my independence was all but devastating! And then, quite by surprise, Carmen came into my life like a breath of life-sustaining fresh air!

After explaining the purpose of her call, she took the time to encourage me and explained the purpose of the T.J. Thompson Foundation. I could hardly belive ithat she had reacedout to me! I knew that 'someone' made seat- elevating wheelchairs. carmen encouraged ne to apply for a grant. From my years as a practicing attorney, I was familiar with grant applications as cumbersome. To my surprise, this was the most uncomplicated, user-friendly, paperless grant application I had ever encounter!
knowing that I could not afford one of these chairs on my limited income and knowing that my savings were all but depleted, I mthat would facilitate my continuing to live at home but I knew that it couldn't afford one of these chairs, I prayed day and night to see my way clear of this quandary. And that was when I met Carmen!

The grant application process was very friendly' and was completed within a few days! And now that it is completed, my seat-elevating power wheelchair is being made and I can look forward to maintaining my independence and remaining in n my home and cooking simple meals while sitting in my seat-elevating wheelchair at my stove.

The J.T. Townsend Foundation has given me my most precious gift.... the ability to remain in my home! What a fantastic godsend they have been for me! I will always be grateful to Carmen for her generosity of spirit, empathy and kindness. And I will always be grateful to the J. T. Townsend Foundation for restoring my lifeZ! With sincere gratitude and thankds, Prof. Cheryl G. Yong

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so incredibly grateful for the JT Townsend Foundation. My son Waylon is four and has Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. We wanted him to experience the freedom of riding a bike like all the other kids his age but, with his disability, he can't ride a typical bike. JT Townsend Foundation has made it possible for us to get him an adaptive bike that will allow him to accomplish so many things. Being able to safely learn to pedal and steer this bike will not only help his strength and coordination, it will also give him the confidence to accomplish so much more, and we couldn't given him that without this awesome bike. Thank you for all that you do!

Sara G.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Sara Gaver and I am a local resident in Jacksonville, FL. I have a physical disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. I have used a power wheelchair my whole life. I'm currently fighting my insurance to get a new chair and the JT Townsend Foundation has covered the seat elevator for my chair since my insurance denied that too. The seat elevator helps me be more independent at work, completing my daily activities, and even driving my car! Thank you JT Townsend Foundation for helping me keep my independence!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ellie is 7 and a smart girl! She has a diagnosis of autism spectrum and a variety of sensory differences. She uses an adaptive stroller to access her environment In a safe and meaningful manner! After repetitive denials from her insurance we were referred to the JT Towensend foundation for her Stroller!
Ellie is over the moon happy with her Leggero Reach stroller with back support and is ready for outings in safety❤️ This foundation had an easy application process and was quick in response! I am forever greatful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like many parents of special needs children their is a limit on what equipment can be purchased for your child. So I was disappointed when I could not afford or get approved for the tomato sitter for my Bella.But because of the JT Townsend foundation that disappointment didn’t last long. Mrs. Carmen and this lovely foundation blessed my daughter once again with not one but two much needed mobility items. Mrs.Carmen not only contacted me and remembered us from years ago but ask about my mom as well. Seeing her arrive with Bella’s new purple tomato sitter and mobility table alongside a new red Convaid stroller shined so much light in what could’ve been dark. This organization really helps special needs children and their caregivers to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization ! Ms. Carmen is such a kind wonderful lady. She got Scott the standing frame/glider that he has needed so desperately for so long. What a difference it is making in him. When it first arrived Scott was enjoying his lunch and was so excited he wanted to stop and get on it right away. Normally nothing can take him away from his food, so this alone was a miracle ! Lol
We are so grateful for this organization for the wonderful way that you help those in need in our community.
We just want to say " Thank You " for the blessings and renewed life that you have given my son and so many others. May God shower you with many blessings.

From our hearts,
Scott Thomas
Pamela Patton (mom)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted to express my gratitude to the J.T. Townsend Foundation, for gifting my 14 year old with a power assist for his wheelchair. Dakota was diagnosed with a rare bone disease called Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO). With this disease, painful bone lesions appear at random throughout the body. While Dakota mostly suffers from lesions in the lower body, which renders him to a wheelchair, there are times when the upper body is also affected, making it nearly impossible to push himself in his wheelchair. Insurance has denied this power assist on numerous occasions. They tell me that this is not medically necessary... a luxury item. Thank you, J.T.Townsend Foundation for giving the gift of independence to my child! We are beyond humbled.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to the JT Townsend Foundation for the beautiful adaptive tricycle for my daughter Ashley. Ashley has Down Syndrome and has undergone many open heart surgeries. She suffered a stroke at age two and did not walk for seven years and can only walk a few steps with assistance. She is now 37 years old and was starting to gain weight because of the lack of exercise. Now with the tricycle, she is able to go out with either mom or dad and ride her bike for about a mile and a quarter. She loves it. We play music and she sings and greats everyone she sees like she is a celebrity. We are forever grateful to the JT Townsend Foundation. It has changed her life and ours.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are forever grateful for the generosity and kindness displayed by the JT Townsend Foundation. Holly has been through 2 episodes of cancer which has left her paralyzed and with severe optic nerve damage to both of her eyes. With the help of her low vision occupational therapist Sarah at Brooks Rehabilitation, she was able to contact the Foundation with a request for assistance. We were overwhelmed with emotion when we got the news that she was going to be provided with an ORCAM – a portable artificial vision device that allows visually impaired people to understand text and identify objects through audio feedback. With the device, she is able to hear what she is unable to see and read. The device is extremely easy to use and is operated by her with simple hand gestures. She was provided the device by the Foundation and will receive user support from Brooks and ORCAM to become more proficient. It has improved her quality of life by enabling her to read, which she has enjoyed doing for all of her life.
We remain overjoyed by the opportunity provided to help assist Holly in her reading and daily routine in a way never imagined. We sincerely thank the Foundation for their support and encourage donations to the Foundation to allow for them to continue their mission of providing assist devices in the future. Thank you again from the both of us for your support.
Holly and Greg S

Kimocampo11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Expressing my gratitude to JT Foundation, your availability to encourage my recovery journey to walk again is the answer to my prayer!
You have created possibilities in numerous ways, physically, mentally, emotionally and overal my life! Being able to have access to the best therapy with brooks rehabilitation , I never saw this coming. During these times of covid-19 I am looking foward to things to calm down to get back into therapy to continue recovery journey physically, mentally and spiritually.
Thank you for considering my journey and believing in me.
With a lot of Love
Kimberly Ocampo

Client Served

Rating: 5

April 21st 3 years ago my husband suffered a stroke that left his right side paralyzed. We have made so many adjustments in our lives. The biggest problem was mobility. It is so hard to maneuver a manual wheelchair with only one arm and one leg. After the insurance finally approved his electric chair we were crushed at the amount of the co-pay. Our therapist, precious Beth, encouraged us to reach out to the JT Townsend foundation. When we received the word that they would cover our co-pay we were beyond excited !!! He is so happy to be able to be mobile in and out of the house!! So many wonderful things Carmen has done and the foundation after her own tragedy, we are so blessed and happy ! Donate if you can to a foundation that is going above and beyond!! Much love, eternally grateful ! Wally & Lulu Ross

Staci Lorenzo S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful to the JT Townsend Foundation for providing our son with a medical stroller. He has a metabolic disorder that makes it difficult for him to walk for sustained distances during periods of weakness. We’ve been using a regular stroller for years, but he’d grown out of it and his physical therapist prescribed a medical stroller, which our insurance denied. We were shocked at the out of pocket cost, and given our inability to pay, NuMotion suggested that we contact the JT Townsend Foundation. They were SOOO easy to work with and such a blessing and answer to prayer!

Rosanna O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many thanks to the JT Townsend Foundation! They blessed my son who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy with a beautiful travel power chair that will make his life easier.
A great experience from the time of application to receiving the chair. Thank you Carmen for your cheerful demeanor and for all the hugs!!!!

1 Brandie C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough THANK YOUS to go around! Isaac loves his new stroller chair. He sits up like a teenager and looks like such a grown boy. Your organization has made a wonderful difference in his world!

Joshua C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation is a godsend. We have a 16 month old daughter with undiagnosed issues that involve low muscle town, and cognitive and physical developmental delays. She cannot sit independently nor crawl or walk. The JT Townsend foundation was able to provide us with a bath chair and a compression vest when insurance denied us. The bath allow for bath time to be somewhat normal for her and makes it safer for us to bathe her and the compression vest is to help her hopefully learn to use her core and be able to get to a sitting position at some point. Carmen has a spirit about her that shows a servants heart. God bless her and this foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to J T Townsend foundation by a therapist at Wolfson’s Rehabilitation. I had little faith that they would be able to help us, but I was reassured they were different. From the first conversation I had with Carmen at J T Townsend, I knew they were completely different. Carmen showed genuine interest in my son, Maddex and our situation. They didn’t immediately disqualify us because I had a ‘good’ job. Anyone with a child with special needs knows that even a good job and insurance only gets you so far. Maddex was born at 23 weeks and has cerebral palsy. He needs daily support and care to achieve his full potential. Our insurance covered the majority of the cost of his replacement wheelchair for school. However they would not cover the expense of a medical stroller. Maddex loves to be out and about but he is too big to carry very far or long. The wheelchair is great for the school bus but it’s bulky and heavy for weekend use and social visits. The J T Townsend foundation donated us a medical stroller for Maddex. This has been such a blessing and has given us our weekends back! Maddex loves his new wheels and we love the ease of bringing him on new adventures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Shena Simmons recently the J.T. Townsend Foundation blessed my son Khyri with a stroller he's 12 and his condition is CP. Just a little background me and Ms Carmen Townsend meet while shopping at Family Dollar's she saw me and my son and was drawn to him she was very sweet and pleasant and gave me her card and told me about the foundation. It was such a blessing I believe in my heart that God send her our way. This stroller is amazing compared to his wheel chair it's light weight and much more easy to transport around Khyri also seems very comfortable sitting in it. Ms Carmen & her team was amazing they delivered the stroller to his school and we took a lot of pictures this foundation is amazing and such a blessing Ms Carmen was always available to help with anything that I needed and she stayed in connect with me she so sweet and encouraging she has a heart of gold & she don't mind giving you a word or two from the good Lord up above with is always a blessing. Thanks to all who contributed to this mission this stroller has blessed our life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently, the JT Townsend foundation assisted in providing new KAFO braces for Gage. The ones he had no longer fit and he was unable to use them for physical therapy at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. Bob McIver, director of the Neuro Recovery Center at Brooks, suggested he contact the Foundation. Gage was notified that he was approved for the new braces. He is beginning his junior year of college. Here is a picture of him wearing his new braces in his dorm at Southern Arkansas University. His braces fit, are lighter weight and more comfortable than the old ones. Gage has been spending summers in Jacksonville for 9 years. He is a regular at the Brooks NRC and loves playing wheelchair basketball with the Brooks Ballers. He hope to continue his studies with the goal of becoming an occupational therapist. “The JT Townsend Foundation took an interest in helping meet my needs. They generously provided funds toward the cost of having new KAFO’s made for me. What the Foundation does in memory of JT Townsend is a truly a wonderful example of how lives can be positively impacted and enhanced through the goodness and generosity of the Foundation.”

Khristine Ross T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you, thank you for the purchase of a Tricycle for our son William. He has Engelmann's disease and has balance difficulties. Yaz from Brooks Rehab connected us with Freedom Concepts and then we connected with JT Townsend. Our son now enjoys bike riding without the fear of falling and fatigue. Thank you Carmen and the Townsend staff for the Tricycle.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Foundation was a big blessing to my family. My son received the best ride ever. He loves his new set of wheels(Stroller). I want to give a special thanks, to all the Staff and every one that took part in this wonderful gift. My son is able to be comfortable, safe, and secured at all times.. We Love it.. Blessings Mrs. Carmen

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation is Absolutely Amazing! They were here for our son right on time. They have made our life so much easier, providing a Toilet system and a medical car seat for our son. Our process was really smooth. The staff has blown my family away with kindness. I thank God for each and Every one of them. Especially Mrs. Carmen!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Carmen was so nice and Heart warming. She was right on time. Me and my Family want to Thank Jt Townsend for the stroller provided for my son. It was really a Blessing I'm forever Thankful for the Program God Bless

Paula G.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

JT foundation is absolutely fantastic. They were a answer to my prayers. They helped me get a wheelchair ramp/carrier for my daughters wheelchair. Im having health issues and was having a hard time loading and unloading her chair. Thanks to them taking her out is no longer a issue.

Candace C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation is amazing. They helped my daughter and get equipment she needed. Without them we would still be without. My family is forever great full. They were quick to reply and answer any questions we had. On top of this they were absolutely wonderful to my daughter when they met her. They provided a chair my daughter needed to help with therapies at home and also a stroller we needed to make it easier for Theresa to be more mobile. This warmed my heart so much. Thank you Ms. Carmen and team. Thank you so very much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with the J T Townsend Foundation was easy and fast! After several failed attempts at getting a gait trainer from our insurance we were referred to the JT Townsend Foundation. The application process was simple and they were very fast at processing. My daughter received her gait trainer. What a great group of people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In April, 2018, my son Rick, 49 and a single father raising his 16 year old daughter, had a massive heart attack and cardiac arrest at their home. His daughter called 911 and administered CPR to her dad until EMS arrived. The EMS people and the hospital staff at Baptist Medical Center South said that he would not have survived but for his daughter’s actions.
After spending two months at Baptist hospital, he was sent to Brooks Rehab. Hospital for nearly a month and then to my home to be cared for by his three daughters and me. I had requested an electric hospital bed with full side rails and the JT Townsend foundation furnished that for us.
He was given home therapy for quite a while then was referred out for out-patient therapy at Brooks. Getting him from the house to the car was very difficult because he cannot walk with out help from at least two people helping him. The steps at my front door presented us with an almost impossible task. If it weren’t for strangers passing by, seeing us struggle with him and running to help us, we would have fallen with him on several occasions.
For several months I have been trying to get help to get a wheel-chair ramp by contacting many sources but, because of so many people on waiting lists and the prohibitively high cost for private pay, my efforts have been unsuccessful. Then a neighbor suggested I contact the JT Townsend Foundation.
A couple of days after I submitted an on-line application for help to get a ramp I received a call from Carmen at the JT Townsend Foundation. She was so nice and understanding and kept in close contact with me as she stepped me through the process for receiving help. After a couple weeks she called and told me we were approved and the next week, the ramp was built.
This may not seem like a big deal to some people but it is a HUGE deal for us. This ramp has made the transportation of my son to and from his Drs appointments and therapy sessions so much easier and safer.
I will always remember the JT Townsend Foundation and all the people involved in the wonderful work they do. It will always be #1 on my personal list of charities to support with donations so the good work they do can continue to help many, many others.
I will always be grateful to Carmen and all involved with this wonderful organization. Thank you and God Bless!

Richard Taylor


Client Served

Rating: 5

Carmen and staff are extremely caring, helpful and compassionate. My daughter was recently diagnosed with a very serious neurodevelopmental condition (Rett syndrome) in which we needed multiple medical equipment that were not covered my my private insurance. We sought help from JT Townsend Foundation and our needs were quickly accomodated. Their application process was easy and painless and delivery was also painless. I did not realize that them giving us the stroller would mean just as much to them as us getting the stroller. You are not just a number to them and it came straight from their heart. We had the fortune of getting sponsored for a stroller and an adaptive activity chair. Thank you JT Townsend Foundation! We are very grateful for your love and compassion!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Pediatric Physical Therapist here in Jacksonville Florida, I would like to thank the JT Townsend Foundation for their amazing generosity and support they have provided for 2 of my clients. The equipment purchased by the foundation has made a significant impact on the child and their families. When insurance denies equipment and families are not able to afford the expense, the JT Townsend foundation have come forward to loving assist these families. Thank you for all you do for the community. You make a difference in the lives of those who truly need your support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the start to the arrival of the chair Ms. Carmen was caring, loving & super helpful with everything! We are so grateful for for the JT Townsend Foundation. The Abdullah family is greatful.

Chauncey L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thankyou so much your organization has helped us out tremendously my family would like to thank everyone involved God bless everyone

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome Awesome organization. They really blessed our family when we needed it most they chair they purchased for my son is amazing and it makes life a little easier for transport and we’re very greatful. The staff is amazing Mrs. Carmen in particular.Great organization hands down.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to the J T Townsend Foundation. One of our 3 children has special needs and needs a lot of extra time, attention, and therapies. At age 7, he had outgrown any kind of regular stroller but still needs one if we want to be able to go out as a family in large public spaces. I talked with Carmen at the Foundation and explained his need and she explained how I could apply for one and so quickly we had the miracle of a new special needs stroller being presented at my son's school. Wow! Carmen and this foundation is a huge blessing to our whole family. Thank you thank you thank you!
Jenny

1 AJM2018

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to JT Townsend Foundation for their generous contribution of a new Sleep Safe Bed. My 2-year-old son Michael is legally blind and have multiple disabilities. JT Townsend Foundation, really went the extra mile to help my little sunshine out. This Sleeps Safe bed has made a huge positive impact in both of our lives. My son sleeps better now, and this Sleep Safe Bed have padded safety rails and allows for proper positioning as he grows. I have slept better at night with no concerns of potential injury from falls or entrapment. The adjustable electric foundation allows my son head to be elevated which is needed during continuous feeding through his G-tube. Thank you!!

JT Townsend Foundation makes lives better, and may this foundation continue services for many years to come. There are not enough words to express my sincere gratefulness. Your compassion and generosity will remain with my family forever. JT Townsend Foundation is an angel sent from above to help others in need.

So, thank you again JT Townsend Foundation you have truly made a difference in our lives.

Respectfully,

Angela McDonald - mom

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Client Served

Rating: 5


Carmen,

A few years ago if I was asked what the J T Townsend Foundation was I would have honestly answered that it was founded to help people in the
memory of Jerry T Townsend, a young high school football athlete that was left paralyzed after a spinal cord injury.  I’ve come to learn that this
foundation is much more.  It was founded by J T to help others that are facing life changing issues.  J T not only fought through his own personal
handicaps allowing him to finish High School, but to go on and get a degree from UNF in Sports Management and then begin the process of
interviewing for employment all while developing and running this foundation.  This man was and should always be considered a role model
for all people, giving unselfishly during the most trying of circumstances.

Moving forward to our personal involvement with his Foundation, my wife Jody and I sought help in getting a wheel chair for our neurological and
physically handicapped daughter (Abby).  The cost for this chair was very expensive and the organizations that look at our personal set of circumstances
are few.  We were advised to contact The JT Townsend Foundation and as a last resort Jody made contact with Carmen (who we later found to be
J T’s Mother).  Carmen made the process seamless and eventually we were blessed with a new wheel chair for our daughter Abby.

A lot can be said for any foundation that helps people that need that little extra hand.  I can’t begin to state or show the positive effect that this very
generous donation had on our entire family.  Our daughter Abby is truly a gift from God and now she has a chariot that allows her to feel better about
herself.

Jody and I personally feel that if you are seeking a place to donate, please consider this foundation.  I feel that you will find Carmen a true breath of fresh
air carrying on the mission statement that her son started.  The loss of a child is indescribable, the testimony that this mother has carried on to honor her
son is emotional and moving, the results can only be advanced with the opening of peoples hearts and purses.  We’re all in this life together, let’s measure
success by continuing the great work JT started and the Foundation continues under the leadership of his mother Carmen.

Thank you for your concern regarding this selfless foundation,

Jody and Reese Stewart
Jacksonville, Florida 32224

2 Alexis Marie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Aurora was born in November 2017 and we noticed something was up right away. At almost 5 months, Aurora was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis and had surgery less than 2 weeks later. Following the surgery, she has to wear a helmet for a year. Enters the social worker, who I mentioned the inability to pay for 1 helmet, let alone 3, and she directed me to JT Townsend Foundation. In less than 1 day, I received a phone call from Miss Carmen, who is absolutely wonderful and caring. They paid for the first helmet for miss Aurora, and did so in a timely manner without causing me any stress over the situation at hand. What a spectacular foundation. They go above and beyond to ensure that they take care of those who need it! Words cannot express my gratitude.
Now, enjoy some visuals of my darling, Aurora, with her first helmet! Thank you so much, again, Carmen and the JT Townsend for your hard work and dedication to your community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have recently started to work with the JT Townsend Foundation. To say I am enamored with the work that they are doing is an understatement. What you hope to see from a foundation is passion, excitement, honesty, and transformation. To say that the JT Townsend Foundation is doing this is a failing to appreciate the life altering work they are doing. Thank you for your efforts to change the lives of those with a differing ability.

1 Chris N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a 62 year old paraplegic. I've been disabled for the last 34 years. I drive a conversion van that is equipped for a paraplegic to drive. I've had two vans in my life the first one when I first got disabled and this one. So if you're trying to figure the math this one is 21 years old and it has a quarter of a million miles on it. The other one had two hundred and eighty-six thousand miles on it when I gave it away to someone who needed one to transport a disablled daughter So when they say all good things come back to you they really do.

Here's what I mean. The engine and the van are in great shape I keep it maintained and keep the oil changed . However the handicap equipment began to break down.

I got trapped in the van because the doors wouldn't open. I was at the front door of my doctor's office for an important appointment, and couldn't get out of my van to go inside. I was able to get the door looked at and fixed temporarily a little later. It was only a couple of days later at the rescheduled doctor's appointment. I had to call and cancel again saying I'm at your front door but I can't come in. The next day I was talking with a disabled friend of mine and just happened to ask him about a time that he had gotten some help when he was in a desperate situation. He told me about the jttownsend foundation. I asked if he thought that they might be able to help me. He said yes and gave me some phone numbers. I made the telephone call and I hate to ask for help but they made the telephone call an easy one And the people that I talked with were so nice. They didn't make me feel like I was worthless because I couldn't pay for the help that I needed. They were just willing to help! So we set up an assessment for the van. The worn-out equipment was reviewed and it was determined that it could be repaired rather than replaced. I thought that was great because until the problems that equipment had worked great. Quarter of a million miles great!

Well they put the recommendations before the board and the board approved the repairs for my van. They fix the van and you know what it works! Everything works perfectly! I have my Independence again.

If you're considering donating some money someplace the JT Townsend Foundation is a great place to give it. I wasn't supposed to say that but I will say it anyway. What was suggested that I say has to do with if you are disabled and you need help maintaining your Independence call the jttownsend foundation and let them get involved and help you. They really are a good group of folks you'll feel great about yourself and you'll feel great about them.

JT Townsend Foundation I love you guys I appreciate you. You saved my life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to tell everyone about my experience with JT foundation. The foundation truly cares about helping the disabled. Miss Carmen took a personal interest in me. She is so caring and her attention to details helped me with my grant. She asked me questions and offered suggestions. I am so grateful to this organization for helping me achieve a goal. I am now able to ride in marathons and accomplish other tasks. One of my goals is to ride in the MS marathon. It’s 150 miles round-trip. I could have never achieved this without the JT foundation. The Townsend foundation is an excellent source for making donations. It is through the help of others that we ( disabled ) can accomplish our goals. Thank you for giving to this foundation.

Sincerely Nick Navarro

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear JT Townsend Foundation,
I would like to say thank you,for purchasing my scooter lift. I now have the freedom to enjoy outdoors with my wife and daughter. I go places, that I couldn’t go before. I can be more present husband and father. I am even more independent. You will never know how truly grateful I really am. I would like to give a special, thank you, to Ms. Carmen for her patience, and willingness to me.

Thank you,
J.Merritt