The J.R. Goss Family Foundation is a 501(c) organization that exists to address either through direct participation or in support of those who are committed to meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the helpless and the hurting.
My father, the late Reverend J.R. Goss was born with a love for people. There was rarely ever a time my dad spoke that it was not to deliver some instructive word that he felt would aid the hearer in some way. Blessed with a caring and generous spirit he was quick to lend a hand to anyone in need regardless of color. The above quote by Dr. King was chosen because it best summarizes the focus of his life. Generosity toward his fellow man was simply his way of life. Burdened by the living conditions he left his father and mother and four younger siblings in, by the tender age of twenty he saved up enough money to send back so they could build a new home that stands today.
Whether it was providing housing, or help with rent, or assisting with groceries, clothes or a ride to church, etc., he was compelled to help whomever and however he could. Virtually all of the young men in our small community at the time owe their livelihood today, 40 years later to the influence my father had in getting them launched in their perspective fields. I do recall one hilarious act of generosity that fell into what I consider "what were you thinking" category. It occurred when he was in his early 20’son his way back from Texas to California where he was living at the time. On this particular journey back he picked up a hitch hiker. Later, somewhere in the middle of the Arizona desert he became too sleepy to drive. So he pulled over and turned the wheel over to the hitch hiker and let him drive while he slept. Thank God he wasn’t buried in some shallow sand dune in the desert never to be heard of again. As his descendants, this foundation is a way to honor his life and the God he and I both love by continuing [some facets] of his legacy of giving.