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Case workers who lost their jobs at Jerome Golden Center are still offering help

Posted at 5:18 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 18:14:57-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-- Former Jerome Golden Center case workers are still giving support to concerned families. These are loved ones and clients who don't know what to do after the mental health facility revealed it's closing due to financial struggles.

Celestine Johnson says she's a client: "I didn't know what I was going to do for my medication. Because I need my medication. I've been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder."

She says someone at the center called her and told her the program she needed was moved to a location 15 miles away.

"She was like, 'you've got to find your way to get there.' She was like, 'we don't have transportation.'"

And Doris Swan wanted to know what's next for her son:"Giving me names and places where he might go or may not go, they weren't certain yet."

Gloria Goolsby and other case workers who lost their jobs, got them help through the Changes Wellness Center in Riviera Beach.

They feel the Jerome Golden Center let them down.

We reached out to board members to get reaction. In a statement they said: "We understand that each patient was told several names of local services on where they could get their medications but not a specific referral to a doctor as this is an ethical violation."

Goolsby cries when she is talks about the clients. "I'm crying, I care about my clients."

She says the group has provided food and clothing. They won't stop helping despite no longer having a job. "All we can do is be a support system for them. That's all we can do."

The group says they sent a letter to city and county commissioners for funding to help families in need.