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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

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Foundation has helped my family tremendously. My son is 3 years old and cannot sit unassisted. His insurance would not cover the chair we needed. After finding out about the Foundation, I spoke With Mrs Carmen, and she was so nice and was willing to help my family out with seating devices for Cason. She still checks up on us every once in a while. I can’t thank them enough, God bless them!

1 Kathleen Skunda H.

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.

4 Jesse B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the year 2016, this foundation helped me acquire something called a quad stick. It is basically something that helps me control my computer with my mouth as well as play games that I never would have been able to otherwise. I don't have the use of my hands, and the rest of my body doesn't work the way it's supposed to either. I reached out and asked for help and almost immediately received a reply. I just wanted to thank you all for helping me because having this device has changed my life for the better. It may seem like something simple, being able to use a computer and play games, but I can also talk to my friends. I can also watch movies or TV shows. I can talk to my soon to be fiancé. I can read e-books. These are all things that I would not have been able to do otherwise. So thank you for helping me get this device that gives me independence and allows me to have hobbies and normalcy in my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation is one of the greatest organizations I have ever come to know. They have helped me twice. The first time they helped me replace the ramp motor in my car. This was truly a blessing as my mother had to manually open the ramp with her hands multiple times a day as we went about our day. This was a very strenuous thing to do and we are so grateful for the foundation for helping us replace the motor and making getting in and out of the car easier. Fast forward to a few months later, I officially obtained my driver's license and began driving on my own when my door started acting up. It would get stuck on trying to open and oftentimes, it would take me about ten or fifteen minutes to get the door open so I could get out of the car. However, as a college student, this defect hindered the flow of my everyday life of going to and from classes, work, therapy, doctor appointments, and other activities. To get this issue fixed was not something I or my family could afford. I hesitated on reaching out to the foundation because I thought that since they had already helped me once, they were not going to help me again but that was far from the case. They were completely understanding and were more than willing to help cover the costs of getting my car fixed. I highly recommend this organization to anyone who is having trouble. They are some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. They are so kindhearted and go above and beyond to help others. To them, it is not about the money but rather helping make life easier for those in need. Thank you so much JT Townsend Foundation, I truly, from the bottom of my heart, appreciate everything you have done for me.

1 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!!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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 .

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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

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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!!!!

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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!!!

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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.