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Goodman Community Center

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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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.


Better Together

Our community is at its best when we stick together.

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Easy Yoga Plus for Older Adults (Fridays)

Jan 21, 2022
5:00 am–6:00 am

Older Adults, Fitness

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Game Day for Older Adults

Jan 21, 2022
6:30 am–7:30 am

Older Adults

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50+ Computer Tech Assistance: Drop-In Sessions

Jan 21, 2022
7:00 am–8:00 am

Older Adults

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Children & Teen Programs

We offer programming for ages 3 through 19, including full-day preschool and a variety of after-school programs.

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Eastside News Cover Story

Goodman’s Older Adult program is again engaging the over 50 crowd on-site

Try a little kindness — The Goodman Center has built a welcoming, friendly space for the older adult community

On a sunny Monday afternoon at the Goodman Community Center, a group of about 20 older adults gathered (safely distanced) for lunch. This time last year, gathering like this wasn’t possible.

Before COVID-19, the Center was a Dane County meal site for seniors, serving a hot, nutritiously balanced lunch Monday through Friday. From March 2020 through August 2021, those meals had to shift to being delivered. The seniors returned to in-person at GCC in September. “I’m glad to be back,” said Art Paul Schlosser, a local artist and musician, and GCC Older Adult program regular. “I’m glad to have this really nice place to hang out at.”

Schlosser is not alone in his happiness at being back at Goodman. The joy in the room was palpable. While Schlosser and his friends ate, Gayle Laszewski made the rounds, checking in on the seniors who were at the Center for lunch. Laszewski has been the Older Adult manager at Goodman for the last nine years. For her, returning to in-person meals brought with it mixed emotions.

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The Latest Goodman News

From the Desk of Letesha Nelson

January 20, 2022

New year, same important mission.

Letesha Letters, Letesha Nelson

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COVID-19 FAQs with UW Health's James Bigham MD, MPH

January 19, 2022

Common questions answered about the COVID-19 vaccine and current wave of omicron-variant COVID-19.

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Looking Back with Gratitude

January 19, 2022

A look back on what we accomplished in 2021 (spoiler: it was A LOT).

Letesha Nelson, Impacts

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

Letesha Nelson

CEO/Executive Director
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