Updates

John Lewis

I will always remember the talk I had with John Lewis eight years ago. Our Congressman, Rush Holt had brought him to Trenton, where he gave a thoughtful civil rights address to about 100 people.  I spoke to him alone after his talk.  I told him, “I have relatives down in your congressional district, but I …

A Message from Isles’ Leadership

Dear Friend,  Like many, we’re grappling to understand and respond to the chaos and disorganization around us—the senseless killing of George Floyd and so many others, police/protester violence, and unequal impacts of COVID-19. Here in Trenton, murders and gun-violence have spiked over the past few weeks, and yesterday, a twelve-year-old girl was shot next door …

Isles’ Day of Giving: Now and for the Future

Join us on Tuesday, June 16th for a one-day, virtual fundraising event to support fostering self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities! Watch videos from Isles staff, volunteers, and customers on our Facebook page that share inside looks into our work and its impact in the region – now and for the future. We’re also raffling …

Pandemic Response

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Isles’ 39th Anniversary Message

Friday, April 10th was Isles’ 39th Anniversary! Watch the message Isles’ Founder and CEO Marty Johnson sent to the Isles team in recognition of this important milestone.

Reflecting on 39 years

On this very day 39 years ago, a fellow student and I borrowed a car from a Princeton classmate and drove to Trenton to officially incorporate Isles, a new kind of nonprofit development organization.  Motivated by my family experience with poverty in Akron, Ohio and my Anthropology thesis, I grappled with a presumptuous notion – …

A Message from the CEO

Dear Friend, First, we hope that this message finds you healthy and safe. These are unusual times– to say the least! We take pride in Isles’ culture. It pushes us to ask hard questions about our mission, and to continually learn. But now we must react to COVID-19, an unprecedented threat to the health and …

COVID-19 Resources

Isles offices are currently closed to the public. Staff are working remotely and are available to assist you in a variety of areas. See below, as well as our Isles’ Pandemic Response page, for resources and additional information regarding how Isles is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency Food Access Isles, in partnership with Trenton …

COVID-19 Update

ISLES STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 In Effect – Wednesday, March 17, 2020 Dear Isles staff, customers, community partners, neighbors and supporters, The well-being of everyone in our community is our top priority.  We want to protect our community’s health and safety by following the advisement of leaders in the public sector and the CDC and have …

A Solution Towards Saving

Isles Financial Solutions is a customer-centered financial capability service that supports improved financial knowledge and the ability to put that knowledge into everyday practice.  The key element is the on-going direction and support from a financial coach, who helps the customer build skills and keeps them motivated and focused on their goals.    “Gail” was …