After finding little success with more traditional treatments, Erica Daniels and Brooke Goodspeed are on a mission to bring their controversial alternative therapy to the mainstream.
Great Expectations Together’s Brooke Goodspeed (left) and Erica Daniels. Photo by Tessa Marie Images.
“This is our dream space,” says Brooke Goodspeed, her voice echoing through the empty storefront. Once a mainstay of Narberth’s Haverford Avenue, the former Mapes 510 has been stripped to its bones, leaving crumbling brick, webs of wires and floors made of plywood. It’s tough to see why Goodspeed is so excited. Then again, Goodspeed’s 7-year-old son is autistic and has Down syndrome, so she often sees potential where others see only problems.
Together, Goodspeed and Erica Daniels are turning the vacated Mapes into Great Expectations Together, a nonprofit community center created for and staffed by special-needs kids and adults. GET will have