In February 2001, Reverend Armstrong, members of Shiloh Baptist Church, and residents of Trenton’s North and West Wards created the Community Development Corporation. Our goal is to serve as a vehicle for strengthening families and building the neighborhoods in which we operate.
The Shiloh Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a nonprofit, founded by residents of the City of Trenton and the Shiloh Baptist Church in 2001. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of residents in Trenton and neighboring communities through family life services, cultural arts, education, and financial literacy. Shiloh CDC is committed to helping our constituents in building a pathway to their success.
Annually, we serve more than 2,500 people through:
1) Pathway to Health and Wellness – The Mercer County Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) Program provides more than 1,000 people with free educational workshops, cancer screenings, and patient navigation services for four major chronic diseases: colorectal, cervical, breast, and prostate.
2) Pathway to Family Stability – Staff empowers people to set and meet goals, which is essential to improving one's quality of life. Thereafter, we continually support clients by connecting them to supportive services such as housing, food services, child care, counseling, employment services, clothing, heating assistance, and after-school activities for children. The Capital Youth Mentoring Program (CYMP)is a safe haven for youth ages 12 – 21 who have been placed in an out of home setting by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) in Mercer County. With the CYMP, the youth can develop and accomplish post-secondary educational and career goals that support their transition into adulthood.
3) Pathway to Education – The Shiloh CDC Freedom School is a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) sponsored program, that provides high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, and social action and civic engagement for 80 children from the Trenton community annually, since 2010. We work with more than 10 public-private partners in developing a pathway to STEM for at-risk youth. This program improves reading scores and knowledge of civic engagement. Nearly all program participants have graduated from high school.
4) Pathway to Careers/Tech Jobs – We place individuals in jobs by working collaboratively with the City of Trenton, local employers, and providers to create a pathway to technology and manufacturing jobs for Trenton residents. Preliminary results include the designation of the City of Trenton as a TechHire Community by the White House, development of pathway with succinct steps to employment, and obtainment of written commitments from local manufacturing employers for interviewing qualified candidates in the city for positions.
Shiloh CDC is governed by a board of 12 volunteer members. Our daily operations are managed by an Executive Director.