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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

129 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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


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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

2

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!

3

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.

2

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.

1

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 .

1

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.

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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.

2 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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a therapist and have seen so many of my kids with special needs get awesome equipment that their insurance wouldn't cover and the family could not afford. This group is a blessing to so many!