Hope Christian Services / pka Eastern Christian Childrens Retreat

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Hope Christian Services provides care, programs, and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring that each resident reaches their full potential. Our organization addresses every aspect of life-medical, residential, social, educational, vocational, recreational, and spiritual.

The organization provides the community with numerous group homes throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties, as well as therapeutic and educational day programs for clients. Our respite care services offer a "home away from home" for individuals requiring professional care over a specific period of time.

Residential Living - Hope Christian Services has developed over 15 fully-equipped group homes in Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey that meet or exceed national ADA specifications and provide a warm, homelike atmosphere for individuals with disabilities.

Adult Day Programs - Our Adult Day Program is categorized as a Division of Developmental Disabilities Adult Day Program. It is open to people 21 and up and is one of the only programs in the state that provides nursing care. Individualized programs are designed so that participants can enjoy success.

Respite Care - Hope Christian Services offers safe, nurturing, and caring respite care for families in northern New Jersey who want their loved ones to be cared for by qualified professionals during a vacation, hospitalization, or relocation.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Hope Christian Services
700 Mountain Ave
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Website: hopechristian.org

Phone: 201-848-8005

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 221921333

CEO/President: Daryl Rogers

Chairman: Tim Parker

Board size: 12

Founder: Miss Theresa Bushman

Ruling year: 1966

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1996


Vision: A world of inclusion for all people by showing the hope and love of Jesus.

Our organization is committed to providing the highest level of love and professional care for our special community of residents. We believe each person is a child of God whose life has intrinsic value. Together, with your support, we will come alongside individuals with disabilities to provide optimal care, while helping them thrive. Every life matters.

Mission statement

Guided by our Christian calling, we serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing a life filled with hope and love.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating247 of 107636 of 142
Fund acquisition rating443 of 107751 of 142
Resource allocation rating232 of 107741 of 142
Asset utilization rating431 of 107657 of 142

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,211,849$1,629,489$1,431,590$1,444,855$1,285,828
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,569,639$3,487,567$2,561,669$1,882,546$1,901,964
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$9,498,667$9,879,379$8,486,480$8,617,987$7,532,937
Other long-term assets$1,021,790$410,873$1,350,471$528,116$1,296,341
Total long-term assets$10,520,457$10,290,252$9,836,951$9,146,103$8,829,278
Total assets$16,090,096$13,777,819$12,398,620$11,028,649$10,731,242
Payables and accrued expenses$1,666,216$1,333,773$1,060,577$1,088,910$1,001,142
Other current liabilities$4,500$4,500$42,999$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,670,716$1,338,273$1,103,576$1,088,910$1,001,142
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$2,957,529$3,036,789$2,903,895$2,924,918$3,008,955
Total liabilities$4,628,245$4,375,062$4,007,471$4,013,828$4,010,097
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$11,221,425$9,274,212$7,616,268$6,189,001$5,942,263
With donor restrictions$240,426$128,545$774,881$825,820$778,882
Net assets$11,461,851$9,402,757$8,391,149$7,014,821$6,721,145
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,072,895$6,269,455$1,327,336$1,201,942$2,105,771
Program service revenue$12,699,808$11,001,293$15,643,962$14,540,234$12,578,925
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,475$1,543$765$568$817
Other revenue$172,843$485,023$48,227$7,429$72,337
Total other revenue$12,876,126$11,487,859$15,692,954$14,548,231$12,652,079
Total revenue$18,949,021$17,757,314$17,020,290$15,750,173$14,757,850
Program services$14,493,198$14,382,768$13,650,312$13,514,916$12,578,925
Management and general$2,166,783$2,130,397$1,788,004$1,687,191$1,442,856
Total expenses$16,889,927$16,733,136$15,643,962$15,456,497$14,234,631
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$2,059,094$1,024,178$1,376,328$293,676$523,219
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,059,094$1,024,178$1,376,328$293,676$523,219


Jayne PressChief Executive Officer (retired 4/2020)$157,454
Marcia WesterveldPhysical Therapist$135,274
Laura LupicaChief Operating Officer$115,826
Janet MeierDirector of Finance$96,857

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/22/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Hope Christian Services opened as Eastern Christian Children's Retreat on December 4, 1972 as the only facility of its kind in the state of New Jersey. ECCR expanded into the community in 1986 with the development of community-based group homes, where residents enjoy supervised, supported living. In 1992 ECCR advanced its philosophy of providing a home-like setting for residents with the construction of on-site lodges.

Hope Christian Services continues to carry on its tradition of trusting in God and honoring the Christian commitment of its founders. The organization will continue to support persons with developmental disabilities throughout all stages of life, assuring that each person shall realize his/her full potential as a child of God.

From its origin in 1965, one simple principle has guided Hope Christian Services (Formerly known as Eastern Christian Children's Retreat): to serve individuals with disabilities so that they can reach their greatest potential. Our rich history in the community is a cherished story of how we began. It's an essential part of who we are as an organization.

Miss Theresa Bushman of Wyckoff was the driving force behind the founding of the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat, the first private residential facility for people with developmental disabilities in the state of New Jersey. She and a fellow nurse, Ann (Minnema) Morgan, founded the Retreat in the early 1960s.

As a maternity nurse at Paterson General Hospital in the 1950s, Miss Bushman saw firsthand the need for a residential facility for disabled children. At the time, there were no local facilities that provided a home-like setting for the care and treatment of children with mental and physical disabilities. Compelled by their Christian belief of caring for those less fortunate, they organized hundreds of volunteers from the community to finance and construct a residential facility-an idea that seemed formidable at the time. Ultimately, they approached the Christian Sanatorium in Wyckoff. The Sanatorium, now known as Christian Health, agreed to sell ECCR 10 acres of land on which to construct the facility for $1.

With support from the community, the appeal began in 1962 with $40 in the bank, Vigorous fundraising activities slowly propelled the project along. In 1971 ground was broken, and in 1972 the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat became a reality. The residential facility welcomed its first residents on December 4, 1972.

The Retreat currently serves over 120 people with a broad range of disabilities in homes on our Wyckoff campus and in community-based homes. Miss Bushman served as president of the Retreat's Ladies Auxiliary for many years.

Miss Bushman passed away on November 16, 2016. She was a woman who gave so much of herself to help others. She is an example of compassion and an inspiration to many. She will be missed but her legacy will live on.

Program accomplishments

400 meals served In our dining hall each day.

3,000+ medical & dental visits At Water Street Health Services each year.

Thousands of hours Of life-skills courses, counseling, and job training each month.

170+ guests a night In our Residential Shelter and Providence Shelter.