October 2014 Update

It feels unsettling, at times, to be situated in one of the most educated, affluent regions in the wealthiest country, while living and working in its capital city – one of the 30 most distressed cities in America. Over the years, we have tried to bridge these worlds with integrity. Our job at Isles is to engage all these communities, and Princeton University increasingly helps us do that. They recently featured me and Isles in a Princeton Alumni Weekly article titled, The Good Neighbor. 

We are grateful for the interest and exposure to Isles’ work. Of course, it doesn’t capture the full breadth of the many hundreds of staff, volunteers, and leaders over the years who made this possible, but it’s a good start for the history books. Check out the article here.

One of our earliest efforts – community and school gardening – is discussed in this edition, along with an interview of Isles’ gardening manager and guru, Jim Simon.

With the holidays approaching, we hope you think about some gifts that will keep on giving, like a gift to Isles in the name of a loved one or family member.   


With gratitude and in community,