Churches Accomplishing Long Term Recovery (CALTR): A Hurricane Sandy Relief Project
Churches Improving Communities (CIC) member, the Reformed Church of Highland Park, founded Churches Accomplishing Long Term Recovery (CALTR), and continues to coordinate its operation with the assistance of additional CIC members and community partners.

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As of September 2015:
Churches Accomplishing Long Term Recovery has hosted 54 groups from 9 states and Ontario, totaling 878 volunteers who participated in 5-day work weeks and prepared 16,030 meals for volunteers and homeowners. We have hosted 900 volunteers for 31 Saturday work trips consisting of local volunteers and 20 local churches and school groups. Over 150 Homes have been restored and re-inhabited through volunteer work, saving homeowners more than $150,000 in labor and materials.


  • Provides labor, volunteers and materials to make houses livable;
  • Returns to houses where we have done work to assist families with critical needs;
  • Forges long-lasting relationships with families from these affected areas; and
  • Connects families to other services in the community.

LEARN MORE about CALTR’s history. Follow us on Facebook.

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CALTR hosts week-long visitor volunteer groups from across the country signed up to work on our projects through CALTR provides these groups with:

  • Professional project coordination
  • 2 vans for transporting materials and individuals
  • Housing projects that match the skill level of each volunteer group
  • Opportunities to increase construction and property rehabilitation skills
  • Volunteer housing and meals

In addition to the week-long work groups, CALTR assembles Saturday work trips calling for local volunteers. Individuals or small groups, including skilled electricians, plumbers or other tradespeople, are always welcome. Volunteers may also join disaster relief work on weekdays (Monday through Wednesday, 9am-3pm). Volunteers should be 18 years of age; younger teens may join if accompanied by an adult.

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TO VOLUNTEER as an individual or group, please fill out the CIC volunteer form or contact : 732.249.7349 or

DONATE HERE to Churches Accomplishing Long Term Recovery via PayPal.

Or make a check donation payable to the Classis New Brunswick CDC, at CNBCDC, 100 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Please write “CALTR” in the memo line.

CALTR is a program of Churches Improving Communities (CIC), a non-profit community development corporation that supports service and advocacy programs through churches in central New Jersey, such as emergency food assistance, community mental health services, ESL classes, disaster relief, and programs to assist seniors and youth. All CIC projects are non-discriminatory and are open to the public. Learn more at

In the News
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RCA Today, 9/27/13
Refugee Turns Relief Coordinator after Hurricane Sandy
A man serving as an RCA church’s key coordinator of Hurricane Sandy relief understands what it’s like not to be able to go home. His name is Harry Pangemanan, and Reformed Church of Highland Park (RCHP), the New Jersey church he now serves as outreach coordinator, provided sanctuary for him to prevent his deportation in 2012. (click to read article)

sandy boxesNew Jersey Newsroom, 11/10/12
Proceeds from Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert in Highland Park to help Keyport/Union Beach Relief Efforts Several places of worship are organizing a benefit concert to raise money and collect supplies for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which tore through parts of the East Coast leaving death, destruction and displaced people in its path. (click here to read article)