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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, […]

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 […]

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Special Events Draw New Crowd to our Columbus Ave. Older Adult Center 

As our second Tuesday night special event got underway at the Older Adult Center on Columbus Avenue, members hustled to find chairs and spotted friends and family to sit with.  Staff members picked their spots against the wall to watch the upcoming performance. The sounds of the mbira, or thumb piano, silenced the audience as […]

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“Imagination Sings in My Mind” 

Senate Tenant Reads Poem at Homeless Persons Memorial Read the poem Homelessness   Jurema Ferreira never expected to read one of her poems in front of an audience. In fact, until recently, she never expected to write one.  Ferreira lives at The Senate, one of our supportive housing residences for formerly unhoused people. She remembers […]

Homelessness: A Poem by Jurema Ferreira

Where are you from? It doesn’t matter for Us. Who you are does matter to us. What you do doesn’t matter to us. What Matters is you. You seeking your place in the world. You think you don’t belong anywhere In looking you don’t. See and you belong everywhere. In The house you were born. […]

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Therapy Dogs Bring Puppy Love to Older Adult Center

With wavy black hair and soulful eyes, Waldo is strikingly handsome. He’s also not afraid to show affection—whether by gently nuzzling your hand or curling up at your feet.   A black standard poodle, Waldo is one of two dogs holding regular Pet Therapy sessions at our Lincoln Square Older Adult Center. On a recent visit […]