Eastern Christian Childrens Retreat

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The Eastern Christian Children's Retreat serves over 100 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goal is to make sure all of our residents have a meaningful life. All aspects of their lives; medical, residential, social, educational, vocational, recreation and spiritual are met at ECCR.

ECCR operates 14 locations in Bergen & Passaic Counties in New Jersey. ECCR opened on December 4, 1972 as the only facility of its kind in the state of NJ. 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.

Recognizing the need for vocational training once our residents turn 21 years old, ECCR began operating a Special Needs Adult Day Program (RAVE) on August 6, 1986. This program is open to people who reside at an ECCR location or at home with family.

A professional staff comprised of over 300 individuals provides 24 hour a day, 7 day a week care for the residents. A volunteer Board of Directors, elected from the community, governs the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Eastern Christian Childrens Retreat
700 Mountain Ave
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Website: eccretreat.org

Phone: 201-848-8005

Email: info@eccretreat.org

Organization details

EIN: 221921333

CEO/President: Daryl Rogers

Chairman: Tim Parker

Board size: 12


Ruling year: 1966

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1996


Trusting in God, and honoring the Christian commitment of its founders, ECCR will continue to support persons with developmental disabilities throughout all stages of life. To assure that each person shall realize his/her full potential as a child of God and be satisfactorily integrated within society, a variety of resources shall be used including residential care, adult programs and training, social and spiritual nurture and community advocacy.

Mission statement

The Eastern Christian Children's Retreat is a private, non-profit organization created to support individuals with a broad range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The sincere desire of the founders and the Board of Directors is that each resident have the opportunity to achieve personal growth and a meaningful life. Such a life will be minister to our residents by a caring, skilled and dedicated staff and guided by our Christian calling and principles.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating111 of 10227 of 76
Fund acquisition rating349 of 102422 of 76
Resource allocation rating243 of 102418 of 76
Asset utilization rating148 of 10226 of 76

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,629,489$1,431,590$1,444,855$1,285,828$1,217,850
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,487,567$2,561,669$1,882,546$1,901,964$2,013,806
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$9,879,379$8,486,480$8,617,987$7,532,937$7,275,100
Other long-term assets$410,873$1,350,471$528,116$1,296,341$291,527
Total long-term assets$10,290,252$9,836,951$9,146,103$8,829,278$7,566,627
Total assets$13,777,819$12,398,620$11,028,649$10,731,242$9,580,433
Payables and accrued expenses$1,333,773$1,060,577$1,088,910$1,001,142$1,244,332
Other current liabilities$4,500$42,999$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,338,273$1,103,576$1,088,910$1,001,142$1,244,332
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$3,036,789$2,903,895$2,924,918$3,008,955$2,138,175
Total liabilities$4,375,062$4,007,471$4,013,828$4,010,097$3,382,507
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$9,274,212$7,616,268$6,189,001$5,942,263$5,481,830
With donor restrictions$128,545$774,881$825,820$778,882$716,096
Net assets$9,402,757$8,391,149$7,014,821$6,721,145$6,197,926
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Total contributions$6,269,455$1,327,336$1,201,942$2,105,771$1,926,371
Program service revenue$11,001,293$15,643,962$14,540,234$12,578,925$11,952,742
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,543$765$568$817$767
Other revenue$485,023$48,227$7,429$72,337($16,580)
Total other revenue$11,487,859$15,692,954$14,548,231$12,652,079$11,936,929
Total revenue$17,757,314$17,020,290$15,750,173$14,757,850$13,863,300
Program services$14,382,768$13,650,312$13,514,916$12,578,925$11,952,743
Management and general$2,130,397$1,788,004$1,687,191$1,442,856$1,314,074
Total expenses$16,733,136$15,643,962$15,456,497$14,234,631$13,471,604
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,024,178$1,376,328$293,676$523,219$391,696
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,024,178$1,376,328$293,676$523,219$391,696


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

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/30/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


From its origin in 1965, one simple principle has guided the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat: to serve individuals with disabilities so that they can reach their greatest potential.

In the early sixties, two nurses, Theresa "Tret" Bushman and Ann (Minnema) Morgan founded the Retreat. They realized that there were no facilities locally for a home-like setting of care and treatment for 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. The idea seemed formidable. Ultimately they approached the Christian Sanatorium in Wyckoff. The Sanatorium, now known as the Christian Health Care Center, agreed to sell 10 acres of land to ECCR for the facility for $1.

Vigorous fundraising activities slowly propelled the project along so that in 1971 ground was broken and in 1972 the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat became a reality. The residential facility opened on December 4, 1972.

Ms. 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.

As a maternity nurse at Paterson General Hospital in the 1950's, Ms. Bushman saw firsthand the need for a residential facility for disabled children. With support from the community the fundraising began in 1962 with $40 in the bank. The Retreat opened its doors in 1972. Ms. Bushman has said, "When we built the Retreat building, I pinched myself and I still do each time I come up the road". The Retreat currently serves over 120 people with a broad range of disabilities in a congregate care facility and community based homes. Ms. 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.

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