Founded in 1969, ICC’s mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community.
ICC’s many programs aim to:
- address unmet needs and service gaps, particularly for under-served individuals and families
- support child development and strengthen families
- develop self-esteem, self-sufficiency and civic participation
- support the development of a just, tolerant, healthy and sustainable community
- deliver programs in culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate manners
Who we serve
The Ironbound section of Newark is a multicultural, multiracial mosaic whose population of 50,000 that reflects the diversity and the challenges in urban America. ICC impacts the lives of nearly 1,000 people daily and thousands annually. The majority of ICC’s 3,000 annual clients are from very low to low income households with low literacy and English proficiency and multiple family stressors.
- 2014: Opened new $6.5 million state-of-the-art Early Head Start Center, supported by $5.5 million from private donor; Center in integrated, physically and programmatically, with Preschool, creating a model 0-5 program
- 2014: developed 5th community garden
- 2014: free income tax filings for more than 1,000 households, returning more than $2 million in refunds to the community, the 9th year of the program
- 2013: assisting the tenants at Terrell Homes in preventing their displacement and the elimination of 300 Newark Housing Authority affordable housing units
- 2010-12: 89 affordable housing units created, including an 80 unit apartment building, Ironbound’s first in 30 years and the rehab of 9 foreclosed homes for sale to low and moderate income families
- US EPA Environmental Quality Award, 2014
- NJ Future Smart Growth Award, 2014
- Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Hero of the Harbor, 2014
ICC is animated by a core group of values, including: accountability, mutual respect, caring, commitment to excellence, and fairness and transparency.
- Accountability: We are responsible for the quality and outcomes of the programs we provide, for explaining why deviations from reasonable expectations may have occurred, and for responding responsibly at all times, especially when errors in behavior or judgment have happened.
- Mutual Respect: We accept the importance of each person’s rights, customs and wishes. We are courteous and supportive in all of our interactions with clients and colleagues.
- Caring: We are willing to give our time and energy to the community, and we are constantly searching for ways to improve the lives of those we serve.
- Commitment to Excellence: We are committed to providing the highest quality of social services, earning our participants’ trust and striving to exceed their needs. We continuously learn from experience. We approach challenges with creativity and flexibility.
- Fairness & Transparency: We are committed to authentic communication, being willing and open to hearing the other side, and saying what we mean. Embracing inclusiveness, we welcome input and feedback from the community.