Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc., is a nationally recognized nonprofit community development and environmental organization with the mission to foster more self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities. Unlike conventional responses to urban problems-i.e., single-service programs for housing, environment, or health-Isles operates a vast array of activities that recognize the interdependence of physical, economic, health, and social development strategies to address the problems of distressed communities.

Each year, Isles directly reaches more than 10,000 central New Jersey residents with our programs in: at-risk youth job training, affordable housing development, financial literacy training, homeownership counseling, community gardening, environmental health and education, community organizing, and regional planning. We broaden our impact by developing easily replicated programs, assisting other community groups and institutions, and advocating for improved public policy.