About Us

A collage of diverse faces, young and old, of Goddard program participants

“It is only through our collective effort
that we will have a fair and just
society where everyone can reach
their fullest potential.”

– Dr. Roderick L. Jones, Executive Director

Goddard Riverside invests in people and strengthens community, serving more than 20,000 people a year on the Upper West Side and throughout New York City with a variety of programs for all ages. Our roots date back to the settlement house movement of the late 1800s, and we continue to be an active member of the settlement house community at the local, national and international level. As we grow and evolve to meet the needs of the community, we continually strive to partner with the people we serve and treat everyone we encounter with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Our programs support families at every stage of life. We work within a social justice framework to create a fair and just society where all people have the opportunity to make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families.