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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

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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


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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!

2 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.