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Jacob S Zweig Foundation Inc DBA in Jacob's Shoes

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: The mission of In Jacob's Shoes is to provide new and gently used shoes, backpacks, school supplies and athletic gear to local children and families in need. Grants are also awarded for camp, after care, athletic and enrichment programs.

Results: From inception (2009) to July 2016, In Jacob's Shoes has provided 85,000 pairs of shoes and 5,000 backpacks including school supplies to children in need living in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami/Dade Counties, Florida.

Target demographics: local children and famiiles in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: provided 15,000 pairs of shoes and 1,000 backpacks complete with school supplies to children and families in need

Geographic areas served: Broward, Palm Beach & Dade Counties, Florida

Programs: shoes, backpacks, school supplies, athletic gear and camp grants.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a school social worker and utilize IN Jacobs Shoes on a regular basis for families in need. They always provide what is needed in a timely manner. Students are SO happy when they receive their new shoes and their parents are very grateful for the help. It helps boost student's self-esteem to wear new shoes. I am so grateful for this organization !

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have relied on Jacob's Shoes for the past 3 years to help families who experience homelessness, unemployment, and other disasters. It is important to note that the students who receive shoes are grateful and wears them immediately the next day. The families I assist become more hopeful and are able to move closer to their goal of becoming financially stable as some of the burden of something as simple as receiving shoes for their kids is lifted.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am touched everytime I walk through the doors of In Jacob's Shoes. As a District School Social Worker our hope is to help empower families and ensure they have the resources needed to be academically successful. In Jacob's Shoes provides new and gently worn shoes to children which allows all students to walk through the doors of their schools with a comfortable pair of shoes and a bright confident smile on their face. The referral process is simple, and the turn around time to receive the shoes is amazing. Thank you In Jacob's Shoes for all that you do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Without this organization and it's dedication, the students in our county would be left without items that we all take for granted! In a moment, many of our students find themselves in dire need and suffering from lack of basic necessities, such as shoes, due to a variety of circumstances outside of their control. Jacob's shoes provides a critical service to afford our students dignity and the ability to attend school by getting them shoes - the most basic need! Thank you for your benevolence, caring and love!

2 Gloria R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I didn't know what to expect. After all, cleaning shoes is not at the top of my favorite things. I found the experience so satisfying, just sitting and scrubbing and chatting with my AARP volunteer friends. I worked on a pair of size twelve gym shoes and imagined a young basketball player using them. I cleaned a small pair of girls shoes that were possibly a size 2. I imagined a little girl being so excited about her "new" shoes. The folks at Jacob's Shoes were well organized and committed to their work. They do a great service in the community and for the underprivileged.

2 Ada G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I did several referrals for Broward school students and I must say that the service that IN JACOB'S SHOES provide is fantastic. Through Jacob's Shoes, I was able to assist my family that was in a domestic violence situation (she left all of her kids stuff behind). Mother was so grateful when she received new shoes for her child! Since I also work with Immigrant families that do not have any resources (i.e., shoes are the last thing on their minds); In Jacob's Shoes was a blessing in disguise! In Jacob's Shoes was prompt and provided stellar service! The family reported that her children were happy to receive their new sneakers! Continue the good work! Ada Gonzalez, School Social Worker

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Jacob's shoes provides an invaluable resource! Not only do new shoes meet a Basic need, but also provide the confidence necessary to walk into any situation with pride. Thank you for all that you do for this community!

2 Jerry Z.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to clean shoes there a week ago with AARP volunteers
It was an amazing experience where you feel like you are really doing something to help children. This is a fantastic organization That provides shoes to underprivileged children. The delight was cleaning different types of tennis shoes for kids to wear when playing sports Who otherwise would not have shoes to wear. I highly suggest you volunteer to clean shoes and make A monetary donation


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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes has helped the families I serve immensely. I have used them to obtain shoes for some of the families that are struggeling. When my families receive the shoes, it brings so much relieve to the families. They are always willing to help and are very efficient.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Jacob provides a very needed service to our clients. I love that the process to request the shoes is easy and effective. they turn around time is also very quickly and they try to meet the needs as requested. I also love that the shoes are like new and you can tell they take pride in providing a great service.

Olivia S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only worked with In Jacob's Shoes for a short time now, but the time I have spent with them at events helping fit children for new shoes has been so rewarding. I helped at the Spirit of Giving Back To School Event the other month, and the look on the children's faces was priceless! This is an incredible nonprofit organization comprised of amazing volunteers. If you are looking to get involved in your community, this is a great place to start. I can't wait to help out at the next event!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is an outstanding and valuable resource for students in Broward County. They have helped many students by providing quality shoes that the student would not otherwise have. The staff at In Jacob's Shoes handle each referral fast and efficiently. Their care is evident in all that they do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IJS is an exceptional organization and we are fortunate to have them in our community! Not only is the process to request very user friendly, but the response time is quick and the quality of shoes is high, as well. All around exceptional!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have sent multiple shoe requests to In Jacob's Shoes and they have always come through. Broward County Schools is extremely lucky to have this organization as a partner to help us support our students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love In Jacob's Shoes!! The donations are vital and necessary for our needy students who would otherwise would not have good shoes to wear to school!

Shout out to Maddie, Shelby, and Theresa!!! Without their dedication and assistance, our kids would not be serviced as well as they are.

Thank you!!

1 Carol O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Broward group decided to return to In Jacob Shoes after 3 years since we had such a positive experience and were so impressed with the work being done. We plan to return at least annually if not more often.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I realized the need when I had two young girls in different but very difficult life circumstances. They had smiles on their faces because they had shoes to wear that where new to them and fit properly. I appreciate what they do for our community. They are always speedy and able to assist.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is one of those organizations that are in high demand. Without them it would be difficult for Social Workers to serve our students who are in desperate need of shoes. We depend a lot on this organization. They are friendly, professional, and proficient. Thank you for your service!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is an amazing nonprofit that meets the needs of the community in ways other nonprofits are unable to. They provide shoes for individuals and large scale events like the various back to school bashes. A new pair of shoes not only helps with walking but gives students confidence. Maddy works quickly to fill the orders and pick up is always seamless. In Jacob's Shoes also allows teenagers to volunteer to get their service hours for graduation so not only does it serve the community but it allows its members to give back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to become a volunteer for In Jacob's Shoes during their back to school drive. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget as long as I live. The images of kids being able to try on different shoes and being their personal chaperones was super awesome! This charity always takes pride in being able to provide shoes that are in the best condition possible so they can be reused and have been able to help multiple scores of people over the years. I am extremely happy to be involved with In Jacob's Shoes!

1 Ernest Dove J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"As a crisis worker in Broward County I work with children who are in the foster care system. Often times in my program we are referred children who have just recently been removed from their homes and placed into care. In Jacob's Shoes organization allows me the opportunity to engage these children, build rapport and trust, and provide them with shoes items within days. It is an amazing agency and organization. The staff go out of their way to take each individual shoe request as an opportunity to do wonders, finding specific items in their stock to match any and all criteria of the children, age, gender, interests and needs. Thanks to the organization I can also provide not only the children but also their siblings with items they need. Many times the children make them their primary shoes worn every day. Others utilize the sports items to be able to join and participate in athletics when otherwise it might have been difficult to do."

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a school social worker in Broward County, FL - I have worked with many families who are not able to afford basic necessities for their children. Without the generosity of foundations such as In Jacob's Shoes - many of our students would be without a decent pair of shoes to wear to school everyday. They would rely on hand me downs from relatives, or wear shoes that do not fit or are beyond repair. We can always count on In Jacob's Shoes to provide a beautiful pair of shoes to our needy students. A huge gesture of kindness that allows our students to be treated with dignity and compassion. We LOVE our friends at In Jacob's Shoes!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One of my favorite days of the year is when I get to personally help disadvantaged children pick out brand new, top quality, well-fitted shoes for back to school with all the volunteers at In Jacob's Shoes. This organization works so hard, all year long, collecting gently used shoes and organizing volunteers to bring them back to life. They also do a great job seeking support from our community to be able to purchase new shoes. The children and families are incredibly appreciative and deserving.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am overwhelmed with all the good this beautiful organization does for the children and families in South Florida. They help those in need with such compassion, professionalism and loving kindness. I am very proud to volunteer with them and to support their efforts in any way since I have seen first hand how they change people's lives. I also love how they work in conjunction with many other not for profit organizations to assist families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took a group of volunteers from our company to help out clean and sort shoes that will be donated to many in need within our community. Maddy is great and she is so passionate about their purpose. She showed us a beautiful video of many of their events and the excitement of the kids when receiving their shoes and backpacks/supplies. Having the proper supplies and shoes is a great way to start the school year with confidence, and a huge help to their parents.
Love this organization!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a local Nonprofit starting out in Palm Beach county, The Giving Closet Project did not have the supplies to meet demand, especially when it came to boys shoes. We often had to tell our clients that we didn't have the shoe size requested...then we found In Jacob's Shoes! In Jacob's shoes graciously provided us with multiple pairs of shoes in all sizes...and socks too! Now when we learn of a student in need of shoes we are able to provide them. In Jacob's Shoes provides a much needed service in our area as there are many children who need shoes in the right size or athletic shoes they may not be able to afford to play sports that they love!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In Jacobs Shoes, provides thousands of shoes for our children at our annual School Bash.
We are so lucky to have an amazing partnership with them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Jacob’s Shoes is a charity above all others when it comes to service, heart, and genuine love for what they do and the people they help. I am a school social worker and work very closely with this charity to assist many students in the Broward county school who otherwise would not be able to have a nice pair of shoes to wear to school. They never say “no” and always try to accommodate the child’ needs. We love In Jacobs Shoes!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are the absolute best. I've been working with them for a few years and they genuinely want to make our community a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacobs Shoes is an amazing organization that has helped thousands of kids of all ages. They go above and beyond to make sure that kids/students have the shoes and supplies they need to succeed in school. I’ve had the privilege of volunteering for them and is heartwarming to see how just 1 pair of shoes can make a difference!

2 Wendy T.2

Donor

Rating: 5


I love that "In Jocobs shoes" covers the needs of so many. Not just shoes but school supplies and back packs, etc. All things that most kids take for granted are supplied so that everyone is prepared. Giving children the tools they need to succeed is a wonderful gift!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Proud to know and be involved with such a wonderful organization that provides for the underserved and in need children of our shared communities! An amazing group, doing amazing work!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If there was a six star rating this non profit would earn it!! In Jacobs Shoes is an amazing organization dedicated to serving others. They never say no! They help BRoward County students who are in need of shoes and other necessities. If they don’t have it, they will find it. I can say nothing but glowing things about the people who run it and their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I find the role of being a volunteer for In Jacob’s Shoes very rewarding. IJS serves the local community in supporting disadvantaged children in many ways, one of which is with a quality pair of shoes to protect their little (and sometimes big) feet. An added benefit of equal or more importantance being the improved self-image and confidence it provides the child to face the challenges of daily life. I support IJS in their mission and continued efforts in the community.

4 Christine L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IJS is a great organization that really cares about the people they serve. They take a great deal of care to get the shoes to those who are in need. I have never met a group of people more passionate about making a change in someone's life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization and family and support is the most incredible I have ever seen or experienced. The community help and the huge difference they are making to make the world a better place should be replicated by every one (in any small way). IJS is making a huge positive impact on the world and I am so blessed to know and support them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The smile this organization brings to so many kids is remarkable and to know that something so simple like a pair of shoes can give a child enough courage to over come the obstacles they face.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacobks Shoes is a wonderful charity, I have had the opportunity to see the staff and volunteers in action helping less fortunate children throughout our community. Through their never ending shoe drives and cleanings they have helped put new and gently used shoes and sneakers on thousands of children’s feet. They also are a wonderful outlet for people in our community who want to help and express and share their good fortune with others. What started out as a shoe drive charity has grown to include book bags, school supplies, donated sports equipment and even shoe closets in many of our local schools. I have always felt blessed to be on the giving side of charity and I have never been part of one I have felt this proud to be part of. Thank you

3 Layren C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the work In Jacob’s shoes is doing in our community. This agency does so much more than give shoes to children in need. They go above and beyond to reach as many kids and families as possible. Always looking to connect the dots between needs and services. It’s an honor for us to have them as a partner when it comes to making a difference and a positive impact in the lives of those who need it most.

4 Nancy289

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Jacob’s Shoes for many years. I feel honored to be a small part of their flight to help children. The unconditional love and hardwork that goes into this many fundraisers and everyday functions is remarkable. I believe that children are our future and anything we can do to help them.to be stronger and happier is commendable. Thank you to Jacob’s Shoes for all they are doing now and in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always admired people that find ways to help children. After meeting Harlene many years ago and hearing her story about Jacob , I knew her sincere words touched my heart. I feel honored to be a volunteer for such a worthy cause. Our children in the U.S. need all the help and support we can offer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family Central, Inc. has worked with Jacob's Shoes for many years. They always go above and beyond when it comes to giving back to the community. Jacob's is not only an invaluable community resource that provide shoes for those in need, but also a champion of child advocacy. On the behalf of the children and families we serve, we salute Jacob's Shoes for all the good they do!

4 Ira_

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and participant with In Jacob's Shoes for the past 7 years. I will not go into the reason d'etre for this non-profit, but I will say that what they have done in the past 7 years is fantastic. Hundreds to thousands of well cared for and cleaned shoes have gone to the neediest in our tri-county area. History has taught us that 'well polished shoes' were/are a sign of structure and growth. The faces of those who have received a pair of 'new' shoes is infectious. The feeling of 'belonging' with a 'new' pair of shoes is the difference of being accepted or not. In Jacob's Shoes has contributed to the psychological needs of hundreds of youth in the tri-county area that can now attend their classes with more of a feeling of dignity and strength. SHOES make the person... In Jacob's Shoes helps those who are in need of basics, like a clean, 'new' pair of shoes. Support In Jacob's Shoes with donations of good used shoes or a contribution of funds. Help In Jacob's Shoes help those who are not able to help their children, let alone themselves.

4 EveN

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is a wonderful non-profit that gives back to those in need. In addition to collecting, cleaning and redistributing shoes to all children in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, the monies they raise is spent on new shoes, school supplies, athletic equipment and camp scholarships. I have volunteered to help distribute shoes at Back to School events and it is so rewarding to see the smiles on these kids faces when they have a great pair of shoes that fit properly to start off the new academic year. It truly sets them up for success. I cannot speak highly enough about all the good they do for the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is a wonderful organization that supports the local community. They do great things for the kids of south Florida and I am honored to be able to support them in their mission.

4 Tami I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is so deserving of this honor as it has provided dignity and honor to allow children to wear shoes that fit! Have full back packs to attend school proudly and possibly experience summer camp. This family ran organization and it's many hard working volunteers has turned a tragic event in their lives and made so many children smile. I am proud to be a volunteer for this organization as are my children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work - to provide children, who otherwise would go without, with shoes, sneakers, and school supplies - is done in memory of a young man who had a vision of helping those in need but, sadly, will never get to see the extent to which his family took that vision and grew it to become an invaluable part of the South Florida community.

4 AnaBelle R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes continues to accomplish its goals and mission to help children in need in a loving, caring, and empathetic manner. The staff and its volunteers are dedicated and compassionate and are a true inspiration to the community.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is dedicated to give children the tools they need to succeed. The community gives amazing support from volunteering to collecting donations to attending events! I could not be more proud to be a part of the great teamwork at In Jacob's Shoes and all they have accomplished in such a short time!

4 Rosanne H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping so many children all over South Florida! A well-run organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

An incredible organization run by amazing people that truly make a difference in our community. Their moving story and mission to make a difference makes me want to contribute to their work every year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

tHE GOOD WORK JACOB SHOES DOES IS AMAZING. THEY FILLED A VOID IN HELPING CHILDREN, WITH GOING TO CAMP,GETTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES, NEW SHOES. LETS ALL SUPPORT JACOB SHOES, SO THEY CAN CONTINUE THERE GREAT WORK.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported In Jacob's Shoes for many years. It is nice to see an organization making a difference right here where we live. In Jacob's Shoes is making a vital change in our world today by helping those in need.

3 Sandra131

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An incredible organization which provides the wherewithal for many students to get shoes to start the new school year in a positive frame of mind. On the flip side. In Jacob's Shoes also encourages young people to donate their gently used shoes for those less fortunate than themselves. Simple but so very effective.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is a wonderful organization spreading the simplest joy to the most needing children in our area. It has been a privilege to help this organisation over the years, from our son's Bar-Mitzvah project collecting shoes to attending their wonderful annual celebration "Every Sole Counts".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacobs Shoes is a remarkable organization. The volume of help they provide to a much needed community, and the love and care that they put into each client and situation is incredible. I am proud to be a part of this community.

3 Barbara-Ann W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jacob's shoes has created miracles for many of the children and families served by Family Central. Many of our children never had a pair of sneakers or a pair of shoes to wear to school or to wear to play.
Jacob's shoes donated boots that we were able to take to migrant laborer's in Belle Glade, shoes for a young girl going to a school dance, slippers for a grandmother, shoes for babies first learning to walk.
The Zweig family is dedicated to helping thousands of children feel good about themselves as they proudly wear their new shoes. Jacob's Shoes has sent children to camp, collected backpacks, and never said no to our children's needs. They are a blessing to our community I am proud to call them the children's friends and mine too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

a true inspiration to all. In jacobs shoes is a wonderful organization to work with with the ability to touch so many peoples lives

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has always been our honor to volunteer with In Jacobs Shoes. We have helped to sort and clean the shoes as well as help to distribute shoes to children at the beginning of the school year.
The Zweig Family has served so many children in need all over South Florida.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Born from the love of two parents for their lost child, this loving, caring, deeply moving charity is a beautifully crafted legacy to a special son with a huge heart. Providing shoes & school supplies to those who simply are in need, this charity soothes both the soles (souls) with very little fanfare. They just spread kindness.

2 Gregory F.

Donor

Rating: 5

Gregorys Fine Jewelry has been a proud supporter of In Jacobs Shoes for several years as well as being on their Advisory Board. The work they do is absolutely AMAZING and it's incredible how many individuals they HELP !!! We are proud to be a part of their Family !!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is such a Wonderful Organization, led by wonderful people!

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to volunteer for In Jacob's Shoes & honor the memory of Jacob S. Zweig. This charity touches the lives of so many through donations of shoes, sports equipment, backpacks, & camp scholarships. Each pair of shoes is scrubbed, washed, sanitized & if necessary, receives a new pair of laces. Every child receiving these shoes will take pride in wearing them. To see the look of happiness on a child's face when they receive the shoes is immeasurable. The feeling that a volunteer has by being part of this organization is also immeasurable. I would highly recommend volunteering for In Jacob's Shoes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is a wonderful organization that provides a much needed service throughout South Florida! I would highly recommend being involved with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Shelley Kalfin. It is an honor for me to be associated with In Jacob's Shoes. I am very fortunate in that I was able to help out at several important events. These events promote the health, happiness, and well-being of our needy children. The caring people who make shoes new again for these kids do so unselfishly. The positive impact shows in the confidence in the children's walk, and in the love they feel when they receive the many other materials provided them. The effect on the lives of these children and their families now will affect all of us in the future. In Jacob's Shoes has taken on a tremendous responsibility in the name of Jacob Zweig, and it is doing its job so well. This worthy cause must stay in our hearts and in our minds for always. Thank you all for who you are, and for walking my way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I do not live locally, I do not participate in the day to day work of this organization. Being a part of the annual event in May allows me to see the countless hours of work & devotion that goes into helping In Jacob's Shoes meet their goal of making a difference for local children. What a great organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization. They are so involved in the surrounding communities and afford so many children the opportunity to go to school every year feeling like everyone else. Helping children is the very best way to help the world.