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Book covers of the 2023 Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice shortlist

Nine Great Titles Shortlisted for our Social Justice Book Prizes

Every year we celebrate the power of the written word to create change in the name of justice for all people. The Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice and Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice shout out some of the best nonfiction writing of the year for all ages. […]

Rebecca Torres Wins Latin Impact Award 

“You have to empower people and they need to give of themselves, not just receive.”  It’s been an exciting summer at Phelps House: Our affordable residence for older adults turned 40, and its social services director, Rebecca Torres, was honored with a Latin Impact Award for her service to the community.  Phelps House provides 167 […]

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Scholarships Help Make College Dreams a Reality

Thirty-two young scholars. More than $137,000 in scholarship awards. Countless rounds of applause, laughter and tears. With apologies to the Barbie movie, Scholarship Day at the Isaacs Center and Goddard Riverside was this summer’s biggest feel-good event. “At the Isaacs Center, I was given the opportunity to learn new skills,” said awardee Precious Ekezie in […]

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Celebrating Good Neighbors

“We are a community that banged pots and pans at 7 PM at the start of the COVID pandemic. Tonight, we gather to bang the pots again.”  With those words, Steve Anderson, president of the Upper West Side Coalition, set the tone for our Good Neighbor Awards celebration. It was a time to come together […]

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A Clean Cut at Capitol Hall

Four Capitol Hall residents sat in a row of chairs in the common room. Behind them, four barbering students from The School for Cooperative Technical Education (CoOp Tech) practiced their hair-cutting skills under the supervision of their teacher Tarik Golden.  “We’re very excited to finally have them here,” said Capitol Hall Program Director Alex Badia, […]

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Our Children’s Book Giveaway was a Hit

Our first annual Children’s Book Giveaway had it all: perfect weather, excited children, bookmarks you could color, free Spider-Man library cards from the New York Public Library, and a reading by a special guest!  A steady stream of families perused the tables set up outside our Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, piled with free brand-new books […]

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Goddard President Honored by West Side Democrats

“Thank you for your tireless work and advocacy on behalf of every West Sider—and East Sider—and for your commitment to creating a more just and equitable society.”  With those words, State Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal presented Goddard Riverside President Roderick L. Jones with a plaque naming him the Louis B. York Justice Award honoree. […]

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Speaking up for Mental Health in Albany

“Fight fight fight! Housing is a human right!” “No more jive—eight point five!”  On Mental Health Lobby Day in Albany, the marble halls of the State Capitol rang with the chants of activists. Several members of our TOP Clubhouse were among them. TOP is a warm and caring space where “community is therapy” for people […]

Celebrating Social Work 

March is National Social Work Month—and we’re celebrating by profiling some of our amazing social workers.   Kimberly Amarante works as a case manager and family mentor at our Resource Center in Harlem. Amarante grew up in the Bronx but for a portion of her life lived in the Dominican Republic. She obtained a Bachelor’s in […]

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Goddard Launches New Program to Support Youth at Amsterdam Houses and Addition 

Every young person deserves the resources and support they need to achieve their dreams. That’s one of our fundamental beliefs at Goddard Riverside, and it’s also what drives our newest program, Creating Opportunities for Amsterdam (COFA). COFA aims to bring those resources and support directly to underserved youth ages 14-26 in the Amsterdam Houses and […]