Pasadena’s Gooden Center Announces 4th Annual Richard Selje Ride for Recovery


The Gooden Center in Pasadena will host its fourth annual cycling fundraiser, the Richard Selje Ride for Recovery on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 a.m. The event features three rides of varying lengths: the Century (100 mile), Metric Century (62 mile) and Quarter century (25 mile), and takes you through the beautiful foothills of the San Gabriel Valley, from La Crescenta to Monrovia. Supported by the Pasadena Fire Department and Police Department, the ride departs from City Hall and ends at the Gooden in-patient home, an old Pasadena craftsman, on El Molino Avenue. The ride is a unique opportunity to support Pasadena’s oldest non-profit recovery center dedicated to health and wellness for men, their families and the community. Proceeds help provide scholarships toward treatment and counseling to men and their families based on financial need.

For the past fifty-four years, The Gooden Center has provided an affordable, clinically based, fully accredited outpatient and in-patient substance use disorder program of the highest quality to over eight thousand men and their families. The Bishop Gooden home is located in the heart of Pasadena, in a turn-of-the-century Pasadena craftsmen bungalow, and offers a warm, caring environment and solid foundation for recovery for men and their families. The center’s namesake is founder Episcopal Bishop Robert Gooden, Bishop Suffragan of the Los Angeles Diocese from 1930-1947, who was committed to the idea that the unique nature of every individual should be known and developed. The center’s family treatment program offers counseling to the patient and his family, including children ages seven and older and free clinical aftercare for men and their families for life.

The Ride for Recovery is named in honor of Richard Selje, retired Pasadena architect and former Gooden Center Board member, beloved advocate of recovery, and former cyclist. Though no longer a cyclist, Mr. Selje attends the event each year and delivers a warm send-off to the riders. “Over the years I’ve witnessed first hand the transformative work that the Gooden has done and the difference made in so many lives. It is a true honor to be a part of this community.”

Tom McNulty, CEO of The Gooden Center, “I want to thank all the members of the Pasadena community, and our donors, and especially the Gooden Center’s Board of Directors for their ongoing support and dedication to helping those in recovery in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area. It is because of you we are able to continue to provide affordable care for all patients.”

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