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Causes: Human Services

Mission: Mission Statement The JT Townsend Foundation (JTTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds, provide financial assistance, and/or adaptive equipment for children and adults with disabilities. JT suffered a near fatal hit playing high school football and ended up a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. He met 2005 PLAYERS Champion-Fred Funk who built his family a wheelchair accessible home. JT had a dream. The JTTF is the Townsend family’s way of giving back to the community that so generously provided for JT after his injury. Sadly,JT passed away suddenly in June 2013 after he had successfully started his foundation. The JTTF will better many lives and provide support for important research. The Foundation operates in complete compliance with established federal and state regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin

Results: This non profit was formed in 2010 and has been able to help many people with various pieces of equipment they could not afford to have otherwise. As of spring of 2016 we have helped over 260 families with more than $520K in equipment and financial assistance.

Target demographics: People living on Florida's First Coast meeting the mission statement criteria.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2015 we helped 65 families with more than $105,000 in adaptive equipment and financial assistance.

Geographic areas served: Florida/Georgia First Coast

Programs: We offer help to those who have been denied by insurance for pieces of adaptive equipment that can make their lives better. We also help with financial assistance for items such as IPads, ramps, adaptive strollers and activity chairs.

Community Stories

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation recently provided an activity chair for one of my clients who suffered a traumatic brain injury at 14 months of age. This chair allows my client to eat dinner at the table with the rest of the family and participate in other family gatherings. I thank the JT Townsend Foundation for filling a great need in the community by providing much needed equipment not covered by insurance to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Carmen was a pleasure to work with throughout the streamlined process and was professional and responsive every step of the way. What a great organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of partnering with JT Townsend Foundation on more than one occasion to benefit deserving children and their families. The equipment JT Townsend has so generously provided for a number of my patients has improved their quality of life and allowed them to live with greater independence and dignity. Every interaction with the people at JTT has exceeded my expectations. They certainly are in it for the right reasons and live up to their mission statement:
The JTTF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to better the lives of children and adults with disabilities on the First Coast by providing financial assistance, adaptive equipment, and research funding.

“Providing hope for champions– JT Townsend Foundation”

When an insurance company denies the means to allow children to live more independent lives with greater safety, JTTF has said YES!
Thank you JTTF!

Sincerely,

John Kirkland, DPT
Great Strides Rehabilitation

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a UNF graduate just like JT and I heard about the JT Townsend Foundation through an internet story I read. I support the Foundation and the remarkable things they do to help those in need. JT's story is truly inspiring and so is the work done by the JT Townsend Foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To cry and laugh at the same time it's what our experience was like when our son received his specially made bike to help him strengthen his legs and be able to walk. He had the biggest smile and took his first ride as soon as it was off the truck. JT Townsend Foundation was there for us when we had no other options. They live to help children en like our son and our family. Please help support the JT Townsend foundation and keep JTs dream alive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my name is Dennis J I'm so over whelmed I don't know where to start !!! first of all I like to give a BIGGGGGGGGGGGG thanks JT foundation and MS Carmen are the best , I been trying to get this chair for 2 years almost with my old chair totally out of commission I had to use an manual that's totally uncomfortable with me being a rather tall person . JT foundation stayed on top of everything and updated me on the process . it was a big blessing to not worry no longer knowing my chair is on the way in the making . ill definitely recommend the foundation and ill post another review and pictures when it arrives thank you again JT foundation sooooooooooooooo much .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I heard the news that JT Townsend Foundation would be able to help my adult child get a wheel chair . I was at work and tears just fell from my eyes. I thank god and then I thank his Foundation and Ms. Carmen , for caring about some who is disable and really need help. My son now don't have to suffer in a broken wheelchair . I am so thankful I learned from my son about your foundation may God bless

1

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!

1 mislis75

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation is amazing. They have always helped me when needed. It is a wonderful group of people who care about helping people in the community who really need the help

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family is "Over-The-Moon" pleased by the support provided my daughter through the JT Townsend Foundation. My daughter suffers profoundly from a rare seizure disorder, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. She is unable to walk without proper assistance, amongst other disabilities. We had submitted a request to our insurance company for equipment to assist with transfer/mobility and was rigidly denied coverage. We felt helpless and defeated. By word of mouth and glowing recommendations, we were encouraged to contact JT Townsend Foundation. Judy and Kelly were empathetic of our plight. Kelly worked selflessly with a Rifton representative to fulfill my daughter's needs. "Selflessly" meaning she corresponded with Rifton rep on her personal time. Needless-to-say, funding was approved and within one month a Rifton Tram was delivered personally by JT's Mother, Auntie and Miss Kelly. We have been blessed by the purposefulness of the JT Townsend Foundation. They have truly made a significant difference in my daughter's quality of life. There are NO amount of "thanks" to express our gratitude. JT Townsend Foundation far exceeded our expectations. God Bless you ALL!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were so blessed on 10/11/13 to receive JT's van. You see I have a son Joshua, who on 09/09/2001 fell out of a tree while under the influence of drugs and alcohol and only 20 years old. We started a ministry called Thru the Roof Ministries in 2004 on the request of our son who now was in a wheel chair unable to speak with a traumatic brain injury from the fall. Our old van was on its last legs, as we had traveled across this country a number of times sharing Joshua's story of never giving up and every choice we make matters. JT's legacy of love, compassion, and never giving up continues to this day, as his van still rolls down the road, allowing Joshua and I to share the the gospel of Christ with Thru the Roof Ministries. Thank you all at JTTF, you are such a blessing to so many. Never Give Up, Pastor Harold and Joshua.

1 Courtney52

Client Served

Rating: 5

We're so thankful for what you all did for my twins, thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation has been such a blessing to my family. My granddaughter has Cerebral Palsy and she is wheelchair bound. The wheelchair we had was not on that would aid in her therapy or comfort. We found it extremely difficult to feed her as the wheelchair we had was a standard child's wheelchair with no ability to tilt. I sought out this foundation for assistance in obtaining an activity chair that would meet so many of our needs in caring for my grandchild. The graciousness of the volunteers and Ms. Townsend was unbelievable! Meeting the team in person and watching my grandchild sit in her new chair for the first time was such a joy. We all cried that day. It has truly changed all our lives. This foundation made it possible for my youngest grandchild to see her sister eye to eye for the first time, She could not stop hugging and kissing her sister because this activity chair lowered to the floor. I have really enjoyed watching Lavonne take a nap in her chair comfortably without having to move her to a bed all the time.
Sometimes you know you want to volunteer and you are not sure where to volunteer your time. I have since offered my services in whatever capacity the foundation may need going forward; thank you for helping make my decision to offer my services to you. The right people are on the JT Townsend Foundation team! I felt as though Kelly was a part of my immediate family, we even cried together!
Thank you so much for changing our lives for the better. God Bless You!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JTTF help my daughter Nikia Newsom with a Riften activity chair Nikia can sit up high to watch TV something that she loves to do we thank God for JTTF because Medicaid would not pay for this activity chair that she really enjoys and I do too because it sit up high and I don't haft to bend over and hurt my back I just want to say thank you and we love you
Sheralla & Nikia Newsome

1 Carolyn95

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a 72 year old grandma with disabled grandson, I had hard time getting him in and out of my auto. This foundation made a dream come true. He climbs in his chair and off we go. After 10 years of searching for help this foundation came forward. Cudos to these folks for making transporting Dillon easier. Carolyn Patten

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JTTF provided us with a chair my son desperately needed for feeding and interaction with family. Insurance would not cover it and it's not something we would have ever been able to afford.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was born with a congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left-Heart Syndrome, which requires him to be in constant need of several medications and doctor visits, just to survive. When our family were faced with the possibility of loosing his insurance, JT Townsend stepped in and helped us get things straighted out, and all of our worries suddleny disappeared. They are truly a God send and I could never thank them enough for what they did for me and my little man.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazingly generous and caring Foundation. My disabled son's quality of life has been changed for the better because of their kindness!

1 Shannon99

Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend Foundation
Has truly been a blessing to our family and our sons special needs. They were able to provide remaining payment after insurance on a much needed medical stroller and bath chair. It has made our life a little easier getting our boy around and bathed. A great foundation who has a passion to help those in need and keep their sons memory alive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My child was in need of an activity chair and I received quick response , great customer service, and communication. We received her chair within a month if not sooner. This chair has came in hand and I am thankful and happy that JTTF was able to be here for my family in our time of need. Thank you JT!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found J T's foundation on the web while trying to find help to get a new manual wheelchair.

I have cerebral palsy and my insurance would not help me but JT's foundation did. His foundation serves the underserved and under represented. Not only those in the disabled community but anyone who was blessed to know, meet, or talk with him understood how important this foundation and the people it served were to him.

Even in his absence his legacy lives on in the hearts and efforts of those whose love, work, and service perpetuates what JT envisioned his foundation to be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The JT Townsend foundation helped my family when we needed it most. My husband is a paraplegic. He was hospitalized and I missed a lot of work to stay with him. We were close to losing our home. I reached out to Judy who was kind and compassionate. Not only did the foundation pay our rent for the month, they also gave us a little extra for groceries. I am forever grateful to them!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

The JTTF helped me when my husband who suffers from a spinal chord injury was sick. He was in the hospital last year for nearly 4 months making me miss a lot of work. I had no idea how I was going to pay my rent for the month. A friend of mine suggested JTTF. I emailed them and heard back from Judy. Not only did they pay my whole rent amount for the month, they also gave me enough to get groceries for the month. I would have never made it through that time without them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JT Townsend helped us in a time if need for a new wheelchair for my daughter. They donated above and beyond my expectations. Kelly was instrumental in her communication and listening to out needs!
Gratefully,
Kim and Caroline Abbott

1 Vnett001

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sweet four year old daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder which has left her unable to walk or talk thus far. While we try to expose her to as many normal experiences as we can sometimes financially we just can't afford the expense. The JT Townsend foundation was gracious enough to provide my daughter with a special adaptive bike. This bike has helped her to enjoy the outdoors and aided her in developing fine motor skills that are necessary for balance and walking.

1 Michelle309

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! Gave my daughter a lightweight special needs stroller that helps her be more active with family and friends. She is quadriplegic and would stay home due to weight of wheelchair when we would go on short trips- store, shopping, etc. Now she comes along! Thanks against JT Foundation

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazingly kind and supportive. Went above and beyond to assist us and did not cause any unnecessary stress through out the whole process.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was blessed to have the help of JT Townsend foundation to help with equipment with two of my clients for need adaptive equipment. One family had major medical bills due to the client and his father and could not afford the equipment. The foundation came through!!! The other client had insurance with a high deductible and the mother had to quit her job to care for the child. Once again JTTF made it possible for this client to receive a gait trainer and he is now beginning to walk. Thanks for all you do

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are SO thankful for JTTF! They provided us with a stander for my son and it has been a blessing because we get NO financial help for him and being able to receive a stander for nothing at all was incredible! I would do anything to help this foundation and give back! Thank you so so much!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this charity and I love that I can see the works that they are doing. I was a friend of JT and I will continue to help his legacy in helping live on. I give to United Way every paycheck and I make sure that I give 100% to the JT Townsend foundation. The foundation does an amazing job of being consistent in the community and their efforts are wonderful. Keep up the awesome work in the community.