GOOD+ Foundation Blog

  • View from the Other Side

    I was the Program Leader for the Fathers First Initiative in Rockaway, Queens for 6 years, and assisted my predecessor for 4 of those years. When a partnership with GOOD+ Foundation was formed, we began to provide fathers in the program with not only goods that they could use for their families and children, but also to provide experiences across New York City that dads otherwise may not have had the opportunity to be a part of. Our partnership grew even stronger when we worked with the ...

  • The Importance of Maternal Mental Health

    I recently had the honor to speak at the White House’s first ever United State of Women Summit, which brought together thousands of thought leaders to delve deeply into key gender equality issues and what needs to be done to improve the state of women in the United States and worldwide. My fellow panelists and I were tasked with discussing both the impact of unintended pregnancy and the needs of teen mothers. It’s an important conversation and much of the hour was dedicated to the...

  • Fifteen Years of Giving Families A Foot Up

    I’m often asked for examples of the GOOD+ Foundation’s impact over the last 15 years. But I have trouble choosing just one. Each story starts with a family in poverty, enduring unimaginable stress as it struggles to meet their child’s most basic needs. Parents who reuse diapers; mothers who carry babies in their arms on long work commutes; babies who sleep in dresser drawers because their parents can’t afford cribs. For these families, diapers are more than a way of k...

  • The Importance of Fathers Being Present

    As a single father of three boys—two young adults and a one-year old!--I always wished I could have participated in a program like Project Fatherhood.  When my first two boys were younger, I had a philosophy that my main role was to make money and provide for my boys financially so that they would have everything they needed.  What I now realize, though, is that focusing so much on work meant that I neglected to give them what they really needed:  ME!  My time&hellip...