Blog & News

Blastoff! Our New Afterschool has Taken Flight

It was 3 in the afternoon, and the young members of our new Jack August After School Program were grabbing a snack of soft pretzels and fruit juice before settling down to the afternoon’s activities. They’d just been walked over from their nearby schools by our After School staff. The room filled with chatter as […]

Getting Food Assistance in a SNAP 

Want to find out if you qualify for SNAP? Contact Samuel Gaedke at 646-946-0095 or  Applying for SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, can feel daunting. Samuel Gaedke makes it easy.   “People tell me, ‘I don’t qualify. I’ve tried before.’  I talk to them for two or three minutes and I say, ‘I […]

Meet our New Board Chair, Marcia Bystryn

“It’s all the things I’ve always cared about, but right in my own backyard.”  Our new board chair at Goddard Riverside and the Isaacs Center has a wealth of experience with city and state issues. Marcia Bystryn says what drew her to get involved here is the chance to make a difference in her neighborhood.   […]

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From Culinary to Computers, our Education and Workforce Classes are Enrolling Now!

Ready to take the next step toward achieving your dreams? The Isaacs Center is here to help! Our Education and Workforce program has multiple FREE classes starting in early February. For more information and to apply to any of these programs, go to and fill out the form for that program. Workforce Training These […]

A Culinary Arts Grad Rises to the Top

Jezebel Gomez went through Culinary Arts training in 2022 and wowed the instructors with her teamwork and kitchen hustle. Clearly they weren’t the only ones who noticed: she got hired before she even graduated by her internship site, Hawksmoor, an upscale restaurant in the Flatiron District.   After spending a year fine-tuning her skills, Jezebel […]

Year-End Giving Guide: How to Donate Items

As the weather cools, many people start thinking about the holidays: What am I making for Thanksgiving dinner? What gifts do I get my family? Do I need to get out my warm boots?  The Isaacs Center also asks these questions, but on a much larger scale. No matter the season, we keep working with […]

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“Events Like This Truly Make a Difference”: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

The Isaacs Older Adult Center honored Hispanic Heritage Month with vibrant cultural performances, activities, and traditional clothing.   Members representing different countries throughout Central and South America entered the dining room one by one to music from their country. They wore elaborate costumes and sashes with the country’s name.  America Paniagua was participating for her […]