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We strengthen lives and secure futures – with your help!

“In these trying times, we really appreciate all the help our community is getting from Goodman. Y'all have always been there!”

The Goodman Center has been here for our community for nearly 70 years, and with you in our corner, we'll be around for another 70 (and then some!). We serve people ages 3 to 103 with our children and youth programs, older adult activities and meals, food pantry, fitness center, event spaces and more. Take a look around and see what we're all about, and then get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Community Chat with Letesha Nelson

At this in-person community chat, Letesha will turn the tables and ask YOU for your thoughts on diversity, equity and inclusion at Goodman. Letesha is looking to gather the points of view of as many people as possible to build a DEI vision statement for our organization. We hope you can set time aside to join us!

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Strategic Philanthropy Workshop

Our second legacy-building workshop (October 26, presented by Resonant Capital Advisors) will focus on financial planning and giving strategies during market uncertainty and volatility.

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Life in the 'FAST' Lane

Goodman Community Center's Families and Schools Together program helps parents build a community of support and connect with their kids.

On one of those perfect early summer evenings — sunny, temperature in the low 70s — a group of parents and kids leaned in close at tables in the Goodman Community Center Ironworks building. They chatted with each other, played together, gave each other their undivided attention.

It was the final meeting of Families and Schools Together (FAST). Two days later, they would have their graduation.

FAST is an international program with the goal of “supporting family bonding necessary for children to thrive.” Using evidence-based practices, FAST connects parents to their children, to their children’s schools and to other parents, with the end goal of parent empowerment.

“FAST is a phenomenal parent engagement tool that not only connects families, but also connects our staff with those families for support,” said Goodman CEO and Executive Director Letesha Nelson, who championed bringing FAST to the Goodman Center.

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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

Weekly Fundamentals: Movement with Meyer Course

Sep 25, 2022
3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Fencing fundamentals and the historical context of the 16th century.

Community

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50+ Workshop: Connecting Across Differences

Sep 26, 2022
1:00 pm–3:00 pm

In this 8 week series, learn tools for finding common ground with anyone, anywhere, any time.

Older Adults

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Zumba for Older Adults

Sep 27, 2022
1:00 pm–1:45 pm

Zumba is a dance fitness party that takes the "work" out of workout. Based on Latin American dance rhythms, this class is as fun as it is effective.

Older Adults, Fitness

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Host Your Event with Us!

Large or small, casual or dressed up – our hospitality team is ready to help you make your event one to remember.

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Better Together

Our community is at its best when we stick together.

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The Latest Goodman News

Forward offers cold brews with cold brew

September 20, 2022

Forward Craft and Coffee brings a unique twist to the typical brew pub or coffee house by serving both craft beer and gourmet coffee.

Eastside News Stories, Community Stories

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Goodman's 3-year-olds thriving

September 15, 2022

For years, Goodman 3-year-olds were in the same classroom as 4- and 5-year-olds. In 2021, GCC introduced a 3-year-old classroom and the results have been successful.

Eastside News Stories, Childcare

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Five adorable preschool kids smile together in front of a graffiti mural.

From the Desk of Letesha Nelson

September 13, 2022

Diving into diversity, equity and inclusion at Goodman, and you're invited to share your point of view!

Letesha Letters, Letesha Nelson

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For more information about the Goodman Community Center, or if you just want to get in touch, contact:

Letesha Nelson

CEO/Executive Director
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