Isaacs Center

About Us

About Us

The Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center is a non-profit, multi-service organization focusing primarily on the needs of children and low-income families, out-of-school and out-of-work youth, and aging New Yorkers including the isolated and homebound elderly. Throughout our 50-year history, we have sought to develop programs of quality and distinction in response to the evolving needs of the community we serve.

Today, we are elevating the quality of life of our most vulnerable neighbors by strengthening and expanding programs that are innovative and inter-generational, leveraging our relationships with new and long-standing partners to maximize the impact of our work, and striving to create one Upper East Side where no neighbor is left behind. As a result, the Isaacs Center will fulfill its mission to support self-reliance and dignity “across generations” for the next 50 years.


The Isaacs Center opened in 1964 and was named in honor of Stanley M. Isaacs, whose historic career in municipal government started at age 55. Considered one of the most effective members of City Government, Stanley Isaacs was known for his “missionary zeal” and high standards. A Liberal Republican with a reputation as a fighter for civil rights and decent housing for low-income families, his best known piece of legislation was the Sharkey-Brown-Isaacs Bill of 1957 which barred racial discrimination in private housing. One of his main achievements as Borough President was convincing city planners to build East River Drive to prevent major traffic jams, rehabilitate rundown waterfront properties, and save millions of dollars in land purchases. Isaacs was elected Manhattan Borough President, an office he held from 1937-1942. He then served as the minority leader of the New York City Council from 1942 to 1962, until his death at the age of 79.

Isaacs Center through the years:


22 local community-based organizations and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) collaborate to establish The Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center. Its purpose is to support residents of the newly constructed Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers, a NYCHA public housing development located between 92nd and 96th Street on the East Side of Manhattan. The Isaacs Center opens a Senior Center and launches a Meals On Wheels Program to support the needs of aging New Yorkers in and around the development. Shortly after, a Youth Center opens nearby and the Isaacs Center After School Program and Day Camp begin welcoming children and families from the neighborhood.


The Meals on Wheels program expands to meet the growing needs of community members. The Isaacs Center establishes a Senior Center Without Walls programs to support those seniors who cannot travel to the Senior Center. An outreach staff is hired to engage at-risk teens as part of a new Youth Employment Program model.


Isaacs Center collaborates with local school officials and community partners to launch additional neighborhood After School programs. In the evenings, we provide Adult Education programs for working parents and English Language Learners.


Isaacs Center integrates Senior Center programming, on-site congregate meals, and Meals on Wheels in order to create stability and comfort in the lives of neighborhood seniors. We begin providing after school and evening programs to children, teens, and adults at a local public school as part of the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Beacon Program. Our Youth Employment Program (YEP) is named one of ten best programs nationally.


We expand our Senior Services to include a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) component that improves our ability to meet the social and emotional needs of seniors who live in public housing. A Teasing and Bullying Prevention curriculum becomes a focal point for After School programs.


Our engagement with our corporate partner, Ernst and Young, results in the development of an Adopt-An-Afterschool program at P.S. 198. Our Youth Employment Program now known as Education and Workforce Development expands to include college readiness and career sector training.

Mission and Vision

Our mission, in working with the poor, the isolated and disconnected of all ages, genders, backgrounds and abilities, is to promote social and physical well-being and encourage growth, self-reliance and dignity throughout every stage of life.

The true purpose of our work is to ensure that children are prepared to thrive in high school, that young adults boost their earnings and secure sustainable career paths, and that our seniors thrive as they age.


The Isaacs Center operates two community centers – a Senior Center and a Youth Center – in the neighborhood of Yorkville, Manhattan. These two centers are embedded within Isaacs Houses/Holmes Towers (Isaacs/Holmes), a NYCHA development located three blocks from East Harlem. Although Isaacs/Holmes is located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side (Community District 8), the demographics and socio-economic needs of its 2,200 residents more closely resemble that of East Harlem (Community District 11). According to data provided by NYCHA, the average gross income for residents of the Isaacs/Holmes development is below local and national poverty thresholds. A significant percentage of our participants reside in Isaacs/Holmes and supportive housing for the elderly within walking distance of Isaacs/Holmes.

Senior Staff

Gregory Morris
President and Executive Director
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Pakhi Kane
Deputy Executive Director
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Jennifer Cepero
Director of Finance & Administration
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Sheri Cruz
Clinical Manager, Youth Services
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Frank Geritano
Facilities Manager and IT Director
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Esther Grant-Walker
Cornerstone Director
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Tamar Joseph
Beacon Director/MS 224

Kwame Mensah
Manager of Career Sector Training and Development
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Amy Ramirez
Special Assistant to the Executive Director
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Aaron Rooney
Clinical Director, Aging Services
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Khristel Simmons
Senior Manager of Aging Services
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Nicole Solon
Beacon Director/PS 198
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Gigi Verkaik
Development Officer
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Marvin Williams
Afterschool Director
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Board of Directors

Richard B. Nesson, Chairman
Paul R. Klepetko, Vice Chairman & Treasurer
Marina Niceta de Palazzi, Vice Chairman
Peter W. Timmins, Secretary

Estelle P. Bender, M.D.
Daniel J. Bursky
Todd Clegg
Patricia A. Falkenberg
John H. Gernon
Marion S. Hedges
Ashley Higgins Dieck
Robin Kiam Aviv
Christopher H. LeRoy
Ursula Lowerre
Barbara N. Lucas
Christopher P. Mahan*
Andrea P. Martin
Gail Berry O’Neill
Sonia C. Park
David Sommer
Gretchen H. Stone*
Lee Wareham*

*Past President


Our programs are designed to link our clients to the Isaacs Center as well as to other resources in the community. To ensure that we are helping provide comprehensive, high quality and cost effective services, we work in partnership with other agencies and institutions.

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Art Connects
Asphalt Green
Barnes and Noble
Carter Burden Center for the Aging
Citymeals on Wheels
City University of New York
Creative Art Workshops for Kids
Ernst & Young
Federation for Protestant Welfare Agencies
Food Bank of New York
Glamour Gals Foundation
Goldman Sachs
Hilton Garden Inn
Homework Helpers
Isaacs H. Tuttle Fund
JobsFirst NYC
JP Morgan
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
LiveOn NY
Mentoring USA
Metropolitan Hospital
Morgan Stanley
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Adolescent Center
Museum of the City Of New York
NBA Cares
Neighborhood Family Services Coalition
The New Jewish Home
New York Cares
New York City Department for Youth and Community Development
New York City Department for the Aging
New York City Housing Authority
New York City Department of Small Business Services
New York City Human Resources Administration
New York Common Pantry
New York Community Trust
New York Junior League
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York State Office for the Aging
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Older Adults Technology Service
Office of Council Member Ben Kallos
Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Parker Academics
Partnership for Afterschool Education
Spence School
The Hearst Foundations
The Pinkerton Foundation
The Robert Bowne Foundation
The Robin Hood Foundation
The Tiger Foundation
Union Settlement Association
United Neighborhood Houses
Visiting Nurse Services of New York
Volunteers of Legal Services
Youth Represent


The Isaacs Center engages more than 6,000 residents through four core areas of service: School Age and Adolescent Programs, Education and Workforce Development, Senior Services, and Meals on Wheels.

School Age Services and Adolescent Programs

Each year, we serve more than 600 children and adolescents in our After School programs and Summer Day Camp. The children and adolescents we serve primarily from low income and working poor families are at high risk of poor educational and social-emotional outcomes, and significant and chronic health issues like asthma and obesity. Our goal is to create a continuum of after school and summer activities that are highly engaging and educationally appropriate. The following are results from 2015:

  • After School and Summer Day Camp Located at our Youth Center, our onsite After School program was attended by 75 children in kindergarten to 5th More than 100 children attended Summer Day Camp.
  • Beacon Community Center We operate a Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Beacon Community Center three blocks from Isaacs/Holmes. 529 adults and 305 youth participated in a myriad of services for the whole family, including community events and celebrations and evening and weekend programming.
  • Beacon Afterschool Program Youth in Kindergarten through 4th grade receive academic enrichment with a thematic focus. 80 children attended this program.
  • 100 children participated in the Beacon Tween Zone, a middle school afterschool program for 5th – 8th graders designed to expose youth to various careers, while supporting their social-emotional growth.

Education and Workforce Development

Our Youth Employment and Education Services (YES) provide out-of-work and out-of-school youth, ages 17 to 24, with intensive case management, job readiness training, and placement in sector-focused internships and employment. As a result of their participation, underserved young adults are able to enter or re-enter the workforce and pursue educational opportunities that boost their hourly wage earnings and put them on a sustainable career path.

In 2015 we achieved the following outcomes:

  • 175 new participants enrolled in the program;
  • 183 participants were served from previous program years;
  • Our overall job training completion rate was 85%;
  • 118 young adults were placed in jobs at an average wage of $9.06 per hour;
  • 26 students completed High School Equivalency (HSE);
  • 18 participants enrolled in college; and
  • Of participants that entered sector training, 74% completed training and, of those, 92% were placed in employment and/or educational opportunities.

Senior Services

In 2015, 2,079 older adults received services through the Isaacs Center, including 276 Isaacs/Holmes residents.

  • We provided 2,000 educational and recreational activities at the Senior Center aligned with our Isaacs in Motion health and fitness initiative, including Zumba, meditation, yoga, arts and cultural expression projects, technology classes, and support groups;
  • We offered breakfast and lunch at the Senior Center Monday through Saturday through our Congregate Meal program (meals that we provide in our dining room). We served more than 33,000 meals, including 7,843 breakfasts and 25,166 lunches, week days and Saturdays.
  • Our Elders at Home program (Senior Center Without Walls) provided telephone-based group activities to 70 homebound adults in FY15. Participants engaged in 898 conference calls, including Sittercise (a gentle movement experience), games like Name that Tune and Bingo, book clubs, virtual museum tours, and current events discussion groups.
  • We provided 540 hours of case management and 716 hours of case assistance, such as finding stable housing, accessing benefits, or managing physical and emotional needs.
  • We provided 223 hours of health care management and 234 hours of heath case assistance, such as reviewing medications and managing chronic conditions and health problems.

Meals on Wheels

Our Meals on Wheels (MOW) delivery area covers the east side of Manhattan from 59th Street to 142nd Street. As the lead contractor, we are responsible for delivering seven meals a week in collaboration with our partner agencies, the Carter Burden Center, Union Settlement Association, and Roosevelt Island Senior Association. In 2015, we delivered 367,607 meals, an average of 1,034 meals per day. Our direct delivery portion for FY15 reached 479 meals per day.


As a non-profit organization, the Isaacs Center is committed to transparency. In addition, we are required by law to make our financial information public. Included on this page are downloadable copies of the Isaacs Center’s Form 990 return and audited financial statements.

The following documents are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. A free PDF reader can be downloaded at

If you have any problems with downloading or opening these files or if you have any additional questions, related to our financials, please contact Jennifer Cepero, Director of Finance & Administration, at 212.360.7620 x139.

SINC Form 990 2015 07-01-15 – 06-30-16 | PDF
SINC Form 990 2014 07-01-14 – 06-30-15 | PDF