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A collage of books shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside book prizes

Ten Social Justice Books You—and Your Child—Won’t be Able to Put Down

The shortlists for our book prizes are in, and they’re packed with challenging and inspiring works on subjects from homelessness to immigration. Stay tuned: we’ll announce the winners of the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice and the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice on October 13.  “Great social […]

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Times are Changing—And the Book Fair is Too

Our holiday book sale is transforming into a children’s book giveaway—and moving from Fall to Summer. “We have loved sharing the Book Fair with you every November for more than 30 years,” said Roderick L. Jones, executive director of the Upper West Side human service nonprofit. “But the publishing world is changing, and this event […]

A Bash to Remember

Thanks to everyone who came out to our annual Social Justice Never Sleeps Bash at Monarch Rooftop this week! We had a beautiful evening and a great crowd of nearly 200 people. Everyone enjoyed drinks and light bites while learning about our work over the last year and celebrating the ten great books on the […]

Shortlists Announced for Social Justice Book Prizes

Click for more information about our book prizes Ten compelling titles are shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice and the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice. The winners of both prizes will be announced online on October 13.  The Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for […]

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Backpack Giveaways are a Big Hit

“There’s toys! There’s toys!” a small girl called out. She dashed across the dining room at our partner, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, to get a closer look. “Best. Day. Ever.” announced another child. The room was lined with tables containing backpacks, markers, crayons, post-it notes, calculators and other school supplies for all ages. […]

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Downtown’s Newest Pop-Up: Homeless Outreach 

Eddie* had an apartment, but somehow he was still living on the street.  At a table in front of Sara D. Roosevelt Park, he told our homeless outreach team that everything had gone wrong when he let his sister and the sister’s abusive partner move in. Their cruelty quickly drove him out. A frail-looking man […]

Eliminating Student Debt With Federal Policy

The Daily News quoted Executive Director Roderick L. Jones on the impact of a Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver that enabled many nonprofit and government workers to erase their student debt. Read the Story

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Our Homeless Outreach Teams are Hiring for Multiple Positions

Goddard Riverside has long been a pioneer in homeless outreach and the Housing First model. Come join one of our outreach teams and help people experiencing homelessness make the transition into permanent housing! Positions: Team SupervisorHousing Outreach Specialist Outreach Worker #313 & #314Outreach Worker #407Outreach Worker #419 & #420Outreach Worker #304Outreach Worker #306

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Scholarship Winners Ready to Change the World

Jennifer Ochiagha is a little busy these days. Besides being a full-time grad student in mental health and counseling at NYU, she holds a full-time job at the Isaacs Center as a recruitment and admissions coordinator, plus she’s interning at a private practice called BeMore.   “I do like to keep busy,” she laughs—then adds, more seriously: “There’s benefits at the […]

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A Celebration of Good Neighbors

Community members, local elected officials and Goddard staff members gathered in our Phelps Garden Monday evening to honor just a few of the Manhattanites who make our neighborhoods stronger.  The Good Neighbor Awards recognized six efforts by a total of eight people working to fight homelessness, stop the spread of COVID-19, and keep the streets […]