Go Mad Today is a not-for-profit organization established in the US, UK, and DR to restore hope and create opportunity for exploited and vulnerable individuals and their communities. We seek to change the trajectory of lives through education, job training, and healthcare to those in need. By doing this we can give hope and a path for a better future for generations come. While our primary area of support is in the Dominican Republic, we aim to expand our programs in the coming years
Our vision is to provide relief to individuals through programs for better opportunities in the future. Our programs primarily focus on healthcare, education, community development, and job training. Our goal is to empower men, women , and children living in extreme poverty by providing them with the education and job training they need to open up opportunities for their future.
I grew up in Unionville Ontario, Canada. I have a BA in Sociology and a Master of Divinity. Before moving to the Dominican I was a youth pastor for 10 years. In my first church, my Senior Pastor wanted me take my youth on a mission trip. I had no idea where they should go. So I took the world globe and spun it. My finger stopped on the Dominican Republic and that is where we went and that is when I fell in love with the country.
My husband and I moved to the Dominican in 2011 to work in the communities of Caraballo and Ascension. I joined Go Mad in 2016 and became the Executive Director in 2018.
I love the adventure life brings and the challenges we get to take on. Go MAD allows us to Go and Make a Difference everyday and I am excited in the difference Go MAD is making.
My name is Claire Hodgson and I’m originally from Hertfordshire England. I have been living in the Dominican since March 2010 and joined Go MAD in January 2016.
In 2018 we started Go MAD UK, a UK charity that helps raise funds for the work of Go MAD in the Dominican.
I love people, chocolate, God, languages, sunshine, the beach and Greys Anatomy….not necessarily in that order.
I don’t love tarantulas, power cuts, snow, the cold or Brussel sprouts, again, not necessarily in that order.
My role with Go MAD includes organising the mission teams that come to serve alongside us, helping in 2 of our medical clinics, doing the accounts, and some admin! I work in Esperanza and Severet Villages, and also help at Nazareth House children’s home. It’s a mixed role and I love it, no 2 days look quite the same.
I am from Sweet Home Alabama but I have lived all over the east coast of the US including Nashville, Philly, Virginia Beach, and DC. I am a self-proclaimed karaoke star and I love Auburn football, long walks on the beach, snorkeling, road trips with good friends, and laughing 'til your stomach hurts. My favorite color is green, my favorite Backstreet Boy is Nick, my favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio, and my favorite Ninja Turtle is Raphael. I moved to the Dominican Republic in January of 2014 after many short term mission trips and believing that God could use me here in a greater capacity on Dominican soil. I love Jesus and sharing stories of His life and grace with teenagers and young adults. I am a community coordinator for GoMAD in Canta la Rana and Village Redemption. I can't wait for all the amazing people that have helped in this mission to see the people they're helping in Heaven someday. I am also a "dog-mom" to Bigote and Finn. Another important fact you should know is that Birthday Cake oreos are my favorite and they don't weigh much so they are the perfect thing to put into your extra luggage when visiting the Dominican!
Caraballo & Ascension
Canta La Rana