When Joy Ingram-Robinson's 2-year-old daughter started acting sick, her mother thought it was because she was a premature baby. "Her fingernails came off but she wasn't in any pain," Joy described. So Joy took little J'Selle to the doctor and found that the 2 year-old's blood lead levels tested at 5 micrograms per deciliter, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s reference point for action.
There is no cure for a child that has been poisoned by lead. The damage is permanent, though its effect on J'Selle will probably not be known for years. Lead affects cognition, behavior, health, and IQ. J’Selle’s poisoning was preventable. It came from lead dust from old paint in her family's home. A few new windows, encapsulating paint, and a roof repair could have spared this child from the lifelong effects of lead exposure.
J’Selle is not alone. Thousands of homes in Trenton—and other older NJ cities—have not been made lead-safe, and too few families know the potential danger in and around their homes. Thankfully, this home and 200 more will receive lead safe remediation services from Isles in the next 3 years. Isles also successfully advocates for stronger, research-based lead policies to protect children; tests homes for the presence lead and other hazards; delivers education to protect families; and trains contractors in lead safe work and community members on the health hazards of lead.
With public and private investment into Isles’ multifaceted healthy homes approach, we believe that Trenton can be a lead-safe city by 2025. Join us in our fight by donating below, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.