Goddard Riverside Community Center

131 Edgecombe Avenue @ 141st Street

New York, NY 10030

Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas

Director of Harlem Services

(212) 926-7688



Goddard Riverside Community Center is one of New York City’s leading human service organizations. They work to meet people’s basic needs – food, shelter, education – and to bring them together for mutual aid, social action, and to celebrate the richness of our society. Goddard provides services for children, youth, and young adults through after school and daycare programs.

Through their Upper West Side and West Harlem programs, they engage people of all ages and backgrounds. Their program areas include: children, youth and families; homeless people; older adults; and advocacy and tenant assistance. They also develop and manage affordable housing, and organize a range of community arts and events. Within each program area is a continuum of services and activities that helps participants achieve personal goals, connect with a community, and become more effective advocates for what they believe.

Goddard’s diverse programs share a strong value system and belief in citizen participation. Goddard Riverside is committed to bringing people together across potential barriers of culture, ethnicity, race, class, age, sexuality and personal circumstances. Goddard’s programs are catalysts for social and economic change, advancing a vision of a more just and compassionate society.

  • Daycare and Head Start services

Eligibility: Ages 2-5


  • After-School and Summer Day Camp services

Hours: September to May (Beacon operates from September to June), Monday  through Friday.

Eligibility: Low-income students in grades 2-12


  • Tutoring for elementary and high school students

Eligibility: Low-income students in grades 2-12


College-Bound Students and College Access Training

  • Goddard Riverside provides one-to-one college counseling, mentoring and tutoring for students, and training for professionals engaged in the field of college counseling. Options also provides ongoing support to ensure that students stay in school.
  • Goddard Riverside’s Options Center shows New York City students they can go to college and guides them through the steps to enrollment. Any student with passing grades, a high school diploma or GED, and the desire should have the opportunity to go to college; that is what Options is about.