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Judah Brown Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Safety Education

Mission: Judah Brown was 3 years old when he drowned in an apartment pool. He died two days later, from the drowning accident. When this happened to us, we didn't know how quickly and easily this can happen to anyone, no matter how vigilant of a parent you are. We didn't know what drowning really looks like or the best ways to keep children safer around water. This information was never discussed with us at pediatric visits or at Judah's pre-school. We later learned that very few parents are given this information, even though drowning is 14 times more likely to cause a child's death than is a car accident. Our mission is to change that. Our mission is to teach families and children that drowning is the leading cause of death in children 1-4 years old and number three for ages 5-19 years old. We want to teach children and their parents how to stay safer around water and what to do in case of an emergency in or around water, so that our tragedy does not also become theirs.

Results: 77 children have been given life saving survival swim lessons, because of Judah Brown Project. Thousands of families have been given water safety information by Judah Brown Project or through people we are partnering with, who provide our pamphlets to their families. Harris county, where Judah Brown Project started in 2017, has led the state of Texas (who is annually the leading or second leading state in the amount of drownings in the USA) for fatal childhood drownings since 2013.

Target demographics: We help all people who are connected with young children in any way, to realize and understand that drowning happens quickly and easily and that it is the leading cause of accidental death in children 1-4 years old, as well as the second leading cause in children 4-14.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Since JBP we have taught 2,386 students how to be water smart. This is We also trained baby sitter's groups, school counselors, nurses, boy scouts groups, and preschool kids at library story hour this past year. We have our water safety pamphlets in 65 pediatrician's offices around the country and 120 points-of-first contact offices around the country. We have provided swim scholarships for 20 children, who are now learning how they can save themselves, if they were ever to fall into the water. Our pamphlets are in the hands of realtors in the Houston area, who hand them out to clients who want to buy a home with a pool. We have participated in children's fairs and festivals all over the city of Houston, educating families about the importance of water safety. We advocate with pediatricians, OB/GYN's, Hospitals, schools, etc, to get this important message talked about on a regular basis.

Geographic areas served: We teach professionals, caregivers, families, and children about the importance of drowning prevention and water safety.

Programs: We provide scholarships for survival swimming lessons to lower income families and other families in need. We provide CPR classes for families, including children as young as 8 years old. We educate doctors, nurses, families, hospitals, schools, caregivers and so many more, about the dangers of drowning and ways to prevent it! We educate and teach our points-of-first-contact (Those people who directly work with children) that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children in 1-4 years old and number three for ages 5-19 years old. We teach them why this is the case now and the precautions we can all take, to change this reality.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project is an excellent organization! Prior to being introduced them, I didn't know about the dangers of floaties. Nor had I heard of survival swimming! The work they are doing to educate the public about water safety, survival swimming, and how to prevent drownings is important. You can feel Annette and Christi's passion and determination for the work they do. I am happy I was introduced to the JBP and the wonderful work they are doing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough amazing things about Judah Brown Project. What a dedicated, kind and caring group of people accomplishing great things - helping to save little lives and making the world a safer, happier place. ❤️ Thank you JBP for all that you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was interested in putting my son in private swim lessons but could not afford it was definitely pricey. But Karen told me about the Judah Brown Project that had swim scholarships. So I applied because I wanted my son to have the opportunity of life-saving skills in the pool. I was put in contact with Annette from the Judah Brown . She gave me the best news in saying that my son had gotten the scholarship and could start swim as soon as possible. I don’t have any pictures yet. But I am really happy that Judah Brown Project is around helping people that need it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the JBP! They helped my daughter become an expert at life saving skills in the water! I no longer have worry about my daughter drowning if she were to fall into a pool. I will forever brag about the good things the JBP does for families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful people! Kind, caring and loving only begins to explain how passionate the JBP people are at everything they do. The endless amount of time spent to make a difference in and around water is simply inspiring. The relationships built and efforts placed on safety will continue to make a difference for years to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing group of people doing wonderful work. It’s a pleasure working with this organization. Always a smile and always there to help, that’s how they operate.

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit really opened by eyes to water safety and how important it is not to rely on floaties for young children. Young children need survival swim lessons and for this nonprofit to bring awareness and offer scholarships to such a cause will help save millions of little lives. I am also more committed to having a designated "water watcher" during all group swim times thanks to this nonprofit's guidance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about the Judah Brown Project during my lifeguard training. I was immediately persuaded to reach out and help. They are so well organized and we engaged in a great discussion on how I could support them. They are passionate about preventing another loss of a child from drowning. Right now, we are more concerned about COVID when far more kids will die from drowning. Kids are not getting swim lessons right now because of COVID fears. They will start the swim season ill-prepared. I will help them with providing scholarship swim lessons for families who cannot afford swim training. I will also engage parents with how to be more vigilant while watching their kids. 70% of drownings occur with both parents "watching." The JBP reaches out to families who have lost a child from drowning and sends them a care package to let them know they are not alone. Christi took the horrible experience of losing her son to drowning and is using it to prevent the same tragedy from happening in others.

Donor

Rating: 5

Judah Brown Project inspires us daily by their commitment toward water safety. As a donor and an owner of a pool service company, I appreciate that we have an organization in our area reminding us of the dangers sitting in our own backyards. Their commitment to education and awareness saves lives every day. I will continue to support this organization because they are doing work that matters.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Judah Brown Project is doing amazing work to give the life skill of swimming and floating to siblings who have experienced loss from drowning. This empowers them to face the fear they have experienced through the family tragedy. By doing this, the child and parents can grieve in a positive way. Water safety is a treasure Judah Brown Project would like to give all children. Because of the tragedy Judah drowning in his memory, many children are learning water safety and swimming. The brown family and the supporters of Judah Brown Project are making a positive impact on their community giving meaning to Judah's short life. The life long understanding of water safety and the life long skill of swimming is exactly what this world needs. Thank you Judah Brown Project!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown project has helped so many people in the Houston area by making them aware of the dangers of child drownings and by providing the means to prevent this tragedy.
Sparkling Pool Service is part of the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA) and the Judah Brown Project has come to our meetings to promote child drowning prevention and our members are very appreciative of the work they do.
David Queen
IPSSA Houston-Central President

Donor

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project has an incredible mission to bring more awareness to water safety. I have been around water my whole life and I still learn new ways from this organization every year (sometimes every month) to better protect my own children around water. The leaders are truly dedicated, compassionate and knowledgeable.

msamanda1234

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization and a wonderful cause. I also lost my son J.J. 3 years old to accidental drowning. I did not know of ISR, resources, or that it is the #1 leading cause of death of children 1-3. You always think it won’t happen to me but it does and it happens to a lot of children. The Judah Brown Project is always running fundraisers and awareness opportunities!! They share valid information and the goal is to educate and help others so not one more child drowns. I fully support this nonprofit!! I also love the fact that they have shirts which my baby’s name is on the back of...Jason Matthew Hassinger Jr age 3 I can’t tell you how many people read my shirt and ask about it!

Infant Aquatics- Lucy Grant

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have taught some children self rescue for the Judah Brown Project and it is always a pleasure! I have Mom’s that have reached out to me following work the JBP has done with pediatricians, to spread the word, which means their efforts to communicate the risk of drowning and hazards in pediatricians offices have worked! I’ve also had personal referrals from the JBP and these come because of their relentless efforts to educate the public and Parents and find them Infant Aquatic self rescue swimming lessons in their area. They work to help many but they will also work to help just one parent with their drowning prevention needs and that is where the greatness lies! That each Child gets their support, whatever it may be! I also see how proudly they partner and support other drowning prevention charities and groups and work together in one direction! I am so proud to support the JBP and their exemplary team!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter Shaylynn passed I was in complete shock I didn’t know which way was up down or sideways. I remember the first thing I received after she passed was a picture of her in a frame and 4 little stuffed dogs that were to represent my 4 children. It may not seem like much but still when I travel I place her urn in a basket with those 4 little dogs to represent my kids all being together. The Judah Brown project has been amazing as a support system, giving information and trying to help save lives as well as be there for the families of the little lives gone too soon... thank you Judah Brown Project!!!

1 Robert S.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have been there for my sister when she lost her daughter, but more than that they have been there for her other children, reached out to me and other family members. The Judah Brown Project is a wonderful organization that aims to help educate and reduce the number of one of the leading causes of death for children. Thank you for all you do Judah Brown Project!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This amazing Non profit works tirelessly to bring awareness to water safety in honor of sweet Judah! So happy to work with them spread awareness by teaching ISR lessons and teaching my families about Judah!

1 Michael L.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization with a mission that is so important. I truly am privileged to be able to participate in a very small way with this incredible team of men and women who love serving others. They are a first class organization and truly have a desire to change our lives for the better. The leadership team are an amazing and honest group of individuals and I am proud to call them friends.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My son Kye age 2 is a victim of drowning, finding this amazing organization after the lost of my son and seeing what amazing things this group does has helped me so much dealing with my loss, not only are they trying to save lives they go out of their way to help the families who have lost their children to drowning. Amazing people who will always have a special place in my heart.

1 Wendell G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with JBP for over a year now and have been impressed with the passion that Annette and Christi have for the work of saving little lives from drowning. I manage the web page and see many of the stories of their work and their tireless efforts, all while doing this on a shoestring budget.

Judah is my grandson and I walked with Mark and Christi on this difficult path and saw them almost succumb to despair, yet they faced their grief, determined to prevent this tragedy from happening again. Their friend, Annette, who started JBP, sacrifices much of her time and talents to this work. Their integrity is stellar!

I have seen them make a difference, even standing up to the naysayers who don't want to hear the message of what it takes to keep their children safe. They are strong and courageous, and committed to doing good out of the tragedy they experienced.

2 carsonlbrown

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After my grandson Carson Brown passed away from drowning I was in shock and looking for answers. I came across the Judah Brown Project page and learned so much about child drownings. Their page provided me answers to so many questions and opened my eyes to the alarming and unfortunate statistics. The Judah Brown Project has continues to allow me to educate myself via their zoom interviews and events. I now am able to share my education with people to help spread awareness of children drownings and various ages through adulthood. Thank you Judah Brown Project for helping me find my voice.

Jennifer Blankinship

3 Josh K.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Judah Brown Project gave my family the gift of healing. After my son had a non-fatal accident, they orchestrated our ability to have all 3 of my children receive ISR training... which my son completed today, exactly one year after his accident. JBP has been with us as a support the entire year. I don't think we would have healed these wounds without them. Thank you JBP for everything you do.

2 Darryl H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful family of people turning a personal tragedy into hope and a future for so many.
My family and a large group all have been cpr and life saving trained thanks to the Foundation.
Thanks for loving on so many in need ...

2 Colton L.

Donor

Rating: 5

This Organization is one of my favorites to work with. As a custom Pool Builder, giving to a nonprofit that benefits children and their safety around water is extremely rewarding. Seeing how JDP engages the greater Houston community inspires, and brings awareness to a leading cause of child deaths in the US: child drowning. The People at JDP are passionate about their cause, and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure children’s pool safety! Thank you all for what you do, we lobe supporting such a great organization and cause!

1 Tiffany G.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say it loud enough that the Judah Brown Project puts every ounce of love and energy into saving little lives. They work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to spread the word about water safety and provide water safety instruction and lessons. The number of lives that they save will never be a number that is possible to count.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project first helped me by making me AWARE. I never knew how fast a drowning accident can happen, or how common they are, until JPB taught me so. They first spoke at the elementary school I teach at. I was shocked at the statistics. I immediately knew I needed to get my 2 and 4 year old children into ISR swim lessons. But, on a teacher salary? How? JPB stepped up and made it happen. Both of my kiddos are now safer around water because of the JPB. I am forever grateful.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JBP is such an amazing organization! They are saving lives by educating the community on water safety and the dangers of drowning that’s all too often overlooked. They provide scholarship opportunities for survival swim lessons to families with financial hardships. They have always been very professional and a pleasure to work with!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met JBP last year in attempt to spread awareness of swim safety in our community. They are a great group of volunteers who care deeply about this cause and it shows in everything they do and share. I will forever support this organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing cause. These women pour their heart into their passion and it shows. The love and enthusiasm is contagious.

We will always support this cause. ❤️

2 Isr Gina M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Judah Brown Project is a top notch drowning prevention organization. You can see and feel the passion with which they teach anyone who will listen about water safety. Because of Judah Brown Project my community has been positively impacted. My doctors office is now handing out drowning prevention pamphlets, made by Judah Brown Project, spreading the word to so many families. I know this has helped prevent many tragedies. I’m so thankful for them and all that they do to help communities everywhere learn to be safer around water.

2 Kristin B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization for an amazing cause. I was shocked when I learned that accidental drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4. My son is 3 and he spends a lot of time with his grandparents who have a pool. I couldn't leave him there anymore without being paranoid of something happening once I learned the risks of drowning. I wanted to enroll him in ISR classes so badly, but they are very expensive classes. I applied for a scholarship from JBP and was chosen. I am so thankful for their help in covering the costs for our son's ISR lessons, and all of the work that they do to prevent drowning. I am forever thankful!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an absolutely wonderful organization doing so much for drowning prevention. People don't understand that drowning is so common and it CAN happen to anyone. It can even happen to wonderful, loving, caring, smart, attentive parents. I cannot thank then enough for what they do.

1 Jamie Catherine C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned so much from JBP about water safety,survival swim lessons, and what is safe to utilize for safely swimming. They do an amazing job educating the public. Great job JBP keep up the phenomal work you do sav ing lives !!!!!!

1 sarahann1006

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an ambassador for the Judah Brown Project since its inception in 2016. I've had the privilege of seeing it grow and develop into the incredible organization it is today. I've also had the pleasure of working alongside Christi and Annette at events and spreading awareness online and in person by getting JBP's safety information out into the community. The Judah Brown Project saves little lives with water safety awareness and Christi and Annette are doing God's work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Judah Brown's parents and Annette are dear friends of mine. I've been privileged to be part of the Judah Brown Project since the very first event, and they continue to grow and do amazing work to stave little lives every single day.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because of the Judah Brown Project I have now become aware of child safety around water. Learning the importance of an adult always being on watch as my children or any children are in the water. They have also given my child a chance to learn more about them online and have a practice of what they should do in the water if they happen to fall in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So grateful for this team and their endless efforts to share their knowledge and experiences.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project has personally saved our kids lives. Without their help in putting our kids through ISR, I’m not sure we would have been able to take the measures for safe and survival swim lessons for our kids. We can’t thank them enough know they are changing and saving so many lives because of the help they give!

Gwen Chiniche C.

Donor

Rating: 5

The determination to save many precious and innocent lives is, to me, the sole purpose of JBP. As difficult as it must be day in and day out, this fabulous organization keeps going. I am proud to be a part of JBP and I hope to support them for years to come.

1 Ashley K.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project is a wonderful organization! I didn’t know about the dangers of puddle jumpers prior to hearing this info from them. They have a big heart for saving children from the tragedy of drowning.

1 Sabrina F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown project has been a great and informative organization. Prior to discovering what the Judah Brown project was all about, I never knew just how important it is to teach your family all about water safety. I am able to see first hand the Passion and dedication the Judah Brown Project operates in, and it's an organization I am proud to support in any way I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year we were at a friend's house and my 4 year old told someone she could swim. He threw her in not thinking that she was not telling the truth. The guy jumped in after her and she survived, but it was very scary for me and her. She was terrified of water. I called the Judah Brown Project, where they immediately got her signed up for ISR. She is now able to float-swim if she needs to. She actually wants to go back to the lessons. My 2 year old was able to float last year after her lessons.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From what I’ve have observed, the Judah brown project has helped so many families in need and through their pain. The Judah brown project has proceeded to positively change so many lives including my own!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project is amazing. They are educating and putting the word out about drowning prevention. What they do comes from there hearts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On July 21st 2019 my daughter Brynlee suffered a non fatal drowning. I shared her story earlier this year which is when I was introduced to the Judah Brown Project. Out of the goodness of their hearts they chose my sweet girl to be one of the scholarship recipients for survival swim lessons. Brynlee who is 3 now and my son Laydan 5 are currently learning all of the skills they need to be safe in and around the water thanks to these amazing people. Saying we are forever grateful is an understatement!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JBP's volunteers are dedicated to spreading awareness and water safety information with the community. We've seen their brochures in doctors' offices and schools and have had an opportunity to meet some of their volunteers at community events. Our kids have learned invaluable information on water safety that they enjoy sharing with their friends. Our twelve year old daughter was able to earn CPR certification through the JBP. This is truly a lifesaving charity!

Kelly W.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project works tirelessly to educate parents on the statistics of drowning and provide drowning prevention tips. Christi bravely shares her story of her precious son Judah's drowning in order ro raise awareness of the dangers of using flotation devices and to advocate for quality, self-rescue swim lessons through ISR. My twins are JDP scholarship recipients, and they will be safer near water because of Judah and The Judah Brown Project. I am grateful for all they do to raise awareness and advocate for drowning prevention.

Journey Leigh A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Judah Brown Project does amazing work spreading Water Safety Awareness. They work in schools, doctors offices, online, and anywhere else they can. Christi and her husband had to go through a traumatic experience with the loss of their son Judah, but they have done an amazing work to ensure that they put every fiber of their being into eliminating that burden on another family. Annette is also a wonderful person coming alongside this family because she knows the value of this lifesaving information. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children between the ages of 1 and 4, and the information they share with children and families is priceless.

1 David V.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had several occasions to work with this great organization from the beginning to how far they have come now. Annette and Christi poor their hearts into others everyday to spread the word of drowning prevention. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with them and the Judah Brown Project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project is one of the best Non profit organizations that I have ever been apart of. From what I have heard and seen this Non profit has helped so many families know how to be safe in , and around the water. I am also daughter of the president . Annette works very hard to supply everyone’s needs , and cares enough to save all the little life’s possible. She is not only persistent , but also ambitious.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JDP does a great job of spreading awareness. I’m in the swimming pool industry and as a former lifeguard drowning prevention has always been a cause close to my heart. The ladies at JDP are great. Through their work they continue to save lives. Their efforts honor Judah and all kids lost to drowning. Keep up the great work!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project is a unique and special organization. I love how they honor all the beautiful angels who have lost their lives. Amazing.

2 Amber H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project is a great organization because they raise drowning awareness and they teach not just children but adults as well the safety of being in or around water. The JBP also honors all of our children who lost their lives to drowning.

2 JudahBProject

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project has changed my life forever.

I learn something new everyday in honor of Judah.

Judah Levi Brown 6/10/13-9/26/16

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing group of people that spend each day educating the masses on water safety. Their true passion goes beyond water safety because they love people and what they do on a large scale.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the help and education the Judah Brown Project has provided for my family. From day one they have been nothing but helpful and sweet. They have helped to provide my 3 kids 3 and under lessons. I feel like I can ask them anything at anytime during the day and they are so fast to respond, they feel like friends to me. We are honored to be apart of this group to help sweet Juju memory live on.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project has made me even more aware of the importance of water safety and making sure someone's only job is watching kids while in or around water. I was not aware that babies could be taught survival lessons and I share this with all my friends who have small children. As on organization, it's leaders are responsible and passionate in their desire to not lose one more child to drowning.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every family needs The Judah Brown Project in their lives. They just don't promote a cause, they equip adults and children to save lives. As a parent of a very curious and active 4 year old, I can 100% say that it's because of JBP that water safety is a top priority for us and my daughter is safer because of what we've learned.

2 Rhonda M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We so need the education. We take it for granted that our children are fine. We need to keep educating people. Its so important. In a split second our lives can be changed forever. We need to help those people who have lost loved ones too.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe that the Judah Brown charity is one of the most important Charities to come in this country in a very long time! We need the story shared, and the message given that they give the best!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love working with this foundation in Drowning Prevention and Annette and Christi are great and passionate in helping saving lives

3 Laurie H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project has worked diligently to prevent other families from experiencing their loss. Their efforts provide a consistent education for parents with little ones to hopefully never experience a loss from drowning.

3 Melinda R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has shown me the importance of making sure my grandkids have many layers of protection when near water. And, how dangerous even a slight distraction can be. I am thankful for this information and have passed on the info to many of my friends.

4 Quenton R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Judah Brown Project has been so impactful with reaching out to the community and educating both adults and children on the very preventable drowning. I know both my kids and I are much more aware of water safety because of them.

3 Sean Amy S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You never think it will happen to you or anyone you know. You hear about it & it hurts your heart but then it did happen. Mark & Christi lost their beautiful angel to drowning. I knew about drownings but I didn’t realize I didn’t know very much about it. The Judah Brown Project has taught me so much. I love walking in my pediatrics office & seeing the brochures.

3 Emily H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with The Judah Brown Project. I go to church with the Browns. I started attending church a short time after Judah's passing, so I never met him, but I see Judah's light and life in the stories his family and friends tell . I am so blessed to be able to help support this foundation and hopefully work to prevent the loss of young lives to drowning.

3 Charlee R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've watched the Judah Brown project bloom. The Brown family chose to take the seeds of heartache and use it to educate the public on the dangers that remain hidden in plain site. The passion this family holds for educating the public is truely inspiring.

3 Crystal T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is so helpful to any parent. Every child loves to play in water and The Judah Brown project shares so much information as to how to keep them safe.