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J T Townsend Foundation Inc

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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: 2015 we helped 65 families with more than $105,000 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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melanie S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for the JT Townsend foundation who stepped up to provide a much needed medical stroller for our sweet girl Tori. We are so thankful. We will now get the opportunity to, as a family, engage in activities that we could not do prior. This will open a whole new world for us. I am beyond impressed with Ms. Carmen who has rallied the community to help very special people like Tori live their best life possible. Thank you so much!!! We Love you!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our beautiful 15-year-old daughter needed extra support while riding in the car because she would remove her should belt and undoubtedly a seizure was sure to happen. She was diagnosed special needs as an infant and our mission is to make life a wonderful and safe experience for her. After months of searching for a solution, we were directed to JT Townsend Foundation for assistance. WOW!!! What a wonderful experience, Ms. Carmen delivered the Churchhill Car Seat to our home and now riding in the car is a safe, fun experience for the entire family. Thank you for your service to our family and the community! My daughter and I instantly connected to Ms. Carmen's loving spirit. Words can not express our gratitude to Ms. Carmen and the JT Townsend Foundation. Thank you

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love every second of being a part of this amazing organization. They exude everything that is great about giving back and helping your community. I can't thank them enough for all they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a very active busy family. J T Townsend Foundation helped us get Madison the most amazing bike. I can't thank them enough for all their help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to commend the JT Foundation for their professional kindness and help in our time of need. My son has a brain injury and needs total care. We were having problems with his bed. One of his nurses suggested the foundation. I completed the information required and things begin to move immediately. Carmen worked with the merchant to ensure we got the best price available. It was an awesome experience working with her. I started out so afraid, unsure and she made the process comfortable. I’m so grateful for the help we received. Now my son has this awesome bed. He can sit up as if in a chair, it rotates and give him compressions for his lungs. Thank you again.

Sincerely
Michele Gray

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Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit is one of the biggest blessings to hundreds of families on the first coast. Not only do they provide physical equipment, they provide a group of people who will stop at nothing to provide emotional and spiritual support. This foundation takes the monetary burden off families who have disabled members, and allows them to enjoy a higher quality of life. The mission and people of this foundation have the people first mindset needed to touch lives, because their inspiration to serve comes from the blessings of those who first served them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend graciously provided a car seat for our little Gracie. She is enjoying the new seat and we are very thankful for the support. Equipment for special needs is expensive and the extra help is truly appreciated. The Foundation team members who delivered the new car seat were wonderful. They were patient with us during the fitting process which is not always an easy task. The seat is really neat. The Townsend Foundation worked with our Therapist to get the perfect seat for Gracie's needs and we are extremely thankful. They made the process easy for getting it too. Thank you so much.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation recently provided an activity chair for one of my clients who suffered a traumatic brain injury at 14 months of age. This chair allows my client to eat dinner at the table with the rest of the family and participate in other family gatherings. I thank the JT Townsend Foundation for filling a great need in the community by providing much needed equipment not covered by insurance to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Carmen was a pleasure to work with throughout the streamlined process and was professional and responsive every step of the way. What a great organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of partnering with JT Townsend Foundation on more than one occasion to benefit deserving children and their families. The equipment JT Townsend has so generously provided for a number of my patients has improved their quality of life and allowed them to live with greater independence and dignity. Every interaction with the people at JTT has exceeded my expectations. They certainly are in it for the right reasons and live up to their mission statement:
The JTTF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to better the lives of children and adults with disabilities on the First Coast by providing financial assistance, adaptive equipment, and research funding.

“Providing hope for champions– JT Townsend Foundation”

When an insurance company denies the means to allow children to live more independent lives with greater safety, JTTF has said YES!
Thank you JTTF!

Sincerely,

John Kirkland, DPT
Great Strides Rehabilitation

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a UNF graduate just like JT and I heard about the JT Townsend Foundation through an internet story I read. I support the Foundation and the remarkable things they do to help those in need. JT's story is truly inspiring and so is the work done by the JT Townsend Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To cry and laugh at the same time it's what our experience was like when our son received his specially made bike to help him strengthen his legs and be able to walk. He had the biggest smile and took his first ride as soon as it was off the truck. JT Townsend Foundation was there for us when we had no other options. They live to help children en like our son and our family. Please help support the JT Townsend foundation and keep JTs dream alive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my name is Dennis J I'm so over whelmed I don't know where to start !!! first of all I like to give a BIGGGGGGGGGGGG thanks JT foundation and MS Carmen are the best , I been trying to get this chair for 2 years almost with my old chair totally out of commission I had to use an manual that's totally uncomfortable with me being a rather tall person . JT foundation stayed on top of everything and updated me on the process . it was a big blessing to not worry no longer knowing my chair is on the way in the making . ill definitely recommend the foundation and ill post another review and pictures when it arrives thank you again JT foundation sooooooooooooooo much .

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I heard the news that JT Townsend Foundation would be able to help my adult child get a wheel chair . I was at work and tears just fell from my eyes. I thank god and then I thank his Foundation and Ms. Carmen , for caring about some who is disable and really need help. My son now don't have to suffer in a broken wheelchair . I am so thankful I learned from my son about your foundation may God bless

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am SO thankful for JT and his vision of helping out children and families like mine. I can finally go to the grocery store with all 5 children and not have to worry about a big heavy wheelchair. We went in to get fitted for a new wheelchair only to find put we weren't due for one for another few years. But the physical therapist got us in touch with the JTTF and within a matter of a few months we received the new stroller. I love that I no longer have to hurt my back with a heavy stroller and most importantly, wyatt is comfortable. I can not thank you enough Carmen for all of the dedication you have put into this dream. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Lamont Walker and I was injured while playing football in one of my old friends’ front yard. I was paralyzed in 1997 so when I heard about JT's injury I immediately felt a connection to him. I prayed for him and his family to have the courage to accept what had happened and the strength to move forward. Needless to say, my prayers were answered and they have moved forward to inspire and to help others through JT's life.

His foundation is an extension of who JT was when I had met him several years ago. He was interested in whom I was and willing to help me in any way that he could. This is why I knew that I could contact his foundation and expect to receive help. I purchased a van this year but I needed a little assistance with insurance and maintenance; therefore, I did not hesitate to reach out to the JT Townsend Foundation.

I filled out the application for assistance and Judith e-mailed me the same day. I was surprised how promptly they responded to my request but then again it is JT's foundation. In the e-mail she told me that I would receive a phone call from someone who works with the foundation and little did I know that it would be JT's mother. Ms. Carmen is one of the nicest person that I have ever met and she is representing JT very well. She was very concerned about my needs just like JT and she along with the foundation did something about it.

I am now riding in my van!

Thanks to everyone at the JT Townsend Foundation! Blessings on you all!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the JT Townsend Foundation, My son who has Cerebral Palsy and is wheelchair bound, can now be comfortable in a cushioned, tilted stroller with a overhead cover to block him from the sun when he goes to doctors appointments and on our walks to grandmas house. Carmen is a pleasure to talk to and they foundation was very prompt.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The JTTF has been instrumental in assisting the pediatric special needs population in Jacsonville. They have provided medical car seats, gait trainers, positioning chairs and medical strollers to children and families with grace and compassion. The JTTF understands that these items are not "luxury items" as the insurance companies often state. The JTTF also assists caregivers in sharing equipment that their child has outgrown through their communuty Facebook page.

1 Josh G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When insurance left us with a very large bill for my sons wheelchair the JTTF stepped in and took care of it. I couldn't say enough kind words about them and their staff. The heart of JT shows through in what they do. Thank you, and you guys are the best.

Candis D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Dylan was born with a congenital heart defect, and also had a stroke at the age of 2, which left him with severe disabilities. When we were struggling with providing the care he needed, JT Townsend stepped right in and helped us get through our hurdle and come out the other side shining! This is an amazing organization that makes you feel like family..I could never thank them enough for their selflessness. They are truly a gift from God.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JT Townsend Foundation was there for my family when no one else was. Three years ago, my husband, who suffers from a spinal cord injury and is wheelchair bound, was in the hospital. We weren't sure at the time of he was going to make it or not. Needless to say, I was missing a lot of work and the bills were still coming in. A friend told me about this foundation so I reached out to them to see if they may be able to help us with our rent for the month. Less than 48 hours later, Judy and Kelly had the check mailed out to me not only for my rent, but with extra for groceries. When I spoke with them, I could not stop crying because I was so relieved. My husband went to Brooks Rehab shortly after and I was able to return to work. I can never thank them enough for helping my family stay afloat during such a difficult time.