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Coronavirus: A Letter from Executive Director Rod Jones

Dear Neighbors,   I am reaching out to you, our neighbors and partners, in this time of uncertainty. Goddard Riverside continues to work every day for a fair and just society, even as the COVID-19 situation escalates. As we have done for more than 160 years, Goddard Riverside is responding to the needs of New Yorkers as best we can and adapting our programs to these changing times.  We are […]

Annie Skaruppa and Team

How a 5-Year-Old Helped Fight Homelessness

Annie Skaruppa is not quite old enough for first grade. But this winter, she decided she was plenty old enough to help her fellow New Yorkers. “We were out on Broadway and she saw teenage girls selling hot chocolate to raise money for charity. She wanted to raise money for charity too,” Annie’s mother Cindy […]

Finding the Artist Within

Huan Xin Huang made his living as a farmer in the Guangdong province of China. But he couldn’t stop thinking about art. “From the time I was very young I was really interested in painting,” he recalled. He didn’t have access to training, so he taught himself oil painting by copying photos. Now, as a […]

Goddard Riverside mourns the passing of longtime supporter Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark is well known as the “Queen of Suspense.” One of the best-selling authors of all time, she wrote dozens of gripping tales that were loved around the world. At Goddard Riverside, however, she was equally renowned for her generosity. Besides donating to support our programs, Clark was the featured writer at multiple […]

Phelps House Tenant Testifies to Congress

On a recent afternoon, Geraldine Collins was sitting in the community room at Phelps House discussing her recent Congressional testimony. Suddenly a woman poked her head in the door. It was a fellow tenant who didn’t like the way her new showerhead had been installed. “Did you put in a work order?” Collins asked. “Okay, […]

Stopping Homelessness Before it Starts

Just a year and a half after being signed into law by Mayor Bill De Blasio, New York City’s groundbreaking Right to Counsel law is showing impressive results—and being adopted by cities and states across the country. Now Goddard Riverside is working with organizations across the city to strengthen and expand it. Before the law […]

Volunteers Sweeten Thanksgiving Meal

Ressie Bass, Miranda Jackeyfoi, Annah Heckman and Shirley Struchen get pies ready for the oven at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church  ‘Twas the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and all through the basement of St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church, volunteers were making pies. At one station they mixed dough; at the next table they […]

After Schoolers Explore the Final Frontier

Ask the second-graders at our Bernie Wohl Center about space, and the knowledge comes tumbling out. They talk over each other in their eagerness to share. “There are three shapes of galaxies! Spiral, elliptical and irregular.” “And we know one of the spiral galaxies, which is our galaxy Ð the Milky Way.” “Jupiter is the fifth […]

Help Make This YearÕs Book Fair the Most Successful Ever!

Our Book Fair is more than a great sale Ð it’s a community gathering, as neighbors wave hello across the tables and gather in the aisles to swap news. We’re hoping you’ll tap into your personal networks to help us make this the most successful Book Fair in our history! Grab a stack of postcards […]

Gala Celebrates the Power of Community

Executive Director Roderick L. Jones at the podium It’s not too late – click here to donate to the Gala! Or, check out the photos on Facebook (no Facebook account necessary.) Feel free to tag yourself and share! “What sort of society do we want to live in?” That was the question posed by Goddard Riverside […]