The Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat was
incorporated as a non-profit organization under
the laws of the state of New Jersey.
Fundraising began with a $40 bank deposit.
December 4, 1972
The Retreat officially opened its residence to
serve 85 children and young adults with
Major renovations to main residence with an
addition of East dormitory, which included
classrooms and living areas to accommodate
The first community based group home is opened
in Midland Park to accommodate 5 men.
A second community group home in North Haledon
is opened to accommodate 5 adolescents.
A third community based group home is opened in
North Haledon to 5 women.
Two new on-site group homes adjacent to the main
building are opened.
The Retreat receives state approval to provide
respite (short-term) care to families of
individuals with disabilities.
A third on-site group home is opened.
A fourth group home is opened in Hawthorne in
partnership with the Christian Health Care
A fifth community-based residence is opened in
Midland Park for two women.
The Retreat names the main residence in Wyckoff,
The Bushman Building,
in honor of co-founder and
ECCR opened its first community-based adult day
program in Prospect Park.
A community-based group home opened in Midland
Park for four women.
Grand Re-Opening of Hilltop Group Home in North Haledon.