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Godman Guild's History

The Godman Guild Association has been proudly serving the Columbus community for 123 years.

Godman Guild Association was founded in 1898 as a result of Ms. Anna B. Keagle’s undying passion to make her community a better place. Ms. Keagle’s commitment to her community began long before Godman Guild Association was established: she was Sunday school teacher for eight-to-ten year olds. Upon discovering that all of her students had been arrested and taken to jail, Ms. Keagle decided to take action; she refused to be part of a community where children were incarcerated. Ms. Keagle worked to develop a holistic approach for community development and, as a result, Godman Guild Association was created to promote strong families and a strong community.

Today, Godman Guild Association focuses on Youth and Family Education and Workforce Development: two areas aligning with Ms. Keagle’s original mission to create strong families and a strong community. Supporting Godman Guild are two social enterprises: Camp Mary Orton and Blue Bow Tie Catering

The Godman Guild Association as it is today shares one crucial trait with its earliest iteration: a commitment to enriching Columbus communities, and challenging them to be their best. Accordingly, Godman Guild Association continues to implement new and creative strategies to ensure that communities and their residents are always moving forward. We strive to create generations of educated, empowered citizens in all of the neighborhoods that we work with.

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