Goddard Riverside Community Center
131 Edgecombe Avenue @ 141st Street
New York, NY 10030
Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas
Director of Harlem Services
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 Riverside’s programs for older adults offer a vital lifeline for the aging population in our community.
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.
Older adults come daily to Goddard to enjoy breakfast and lunch with friends, stay fit, learn new skills, and express their creativity. When there is a crisis and they need special assistance, elderly neighbors know they can call or come in for help. Goddard provides help with questions relating to health care, housing, legal issues and money management – all the things needed to continue to live independently in the community for as long as possible.
- Senior Center: Monday through Friday, rain or shine, the Senior Center is bustling with activity. Breakfast and lunch draw a daily crowd of over 250 members from the surrounding neighborhood, and activities such as art, exercise, choir, Spanish and English classes, and birthday and holiday parties.
Eligibility: Older adults and senior citizens
Contact: Director Doris Colon at (212) 873.6600
Address: 593 Columbus Avenue (at West 88th Street), New York, NY 10024
Hours: The Senior Center is open Monday – Friday, except holidays.
- Home Delivered Meals at Goddard Riverside provides meals to low-income, homebound, elderly individuals living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Today, over 450 nutritious meals are delivered for each day of the week.
Eligibility: Low-income, homebound, elderly individuals living on the Upper West Side
Contact: Director Karlene Clarke at (212) 874-3750