“For the past two years, I’ve walked passed [The Bernie Wohl Center], and never knew about the magic inside until I was invited in.” – Dinaw Mengestu at the Big Read Kick Off Event, Jan. 24th, 2015

­Goddard Riverside Community Center is a New York-based organization that works towards transforming communities, changing individual lives and creating a more just society. The center offers a wide range of programming—including early childhood centers, after-school programs, a day camp, and a senior center—in multiple locations on the Upper West Side and in Harlem. It assists individuals and families with financial, legal and social services counseling and advocacy work, provides meals and housing for the elderly, and offers life skills, mental health counseling, and job training. In 2012, Goddard Riverside began a Community Arts Program following the renovation of the auditorium in the Bernie Wohl Center, a hub for youth programming. The program has developed rich partnerships to bring performances and arts education to the community.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Goddard Riverside Community Center