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Our Mission

The Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat is a private, non-profit organization created to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Our professional staff is comprised of over 315 dedicated individuals.  Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Daily Living Assistants, Instructors, Recreation Aides, Case Managers, Speech and Physical Therapists, Administrative staff, Dietary Workers, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Laundry and Food Service staff, a Chaplain and a Dietitian work together to provide comprehensive care for the individuals who live at ECCR. We have physicians who make weekly rounds and are available to the residents at all times. Each staff member takes a special interest in the residents and forms caring, supportive relationships.


Board Members

John H. Prol, Jr. – President
Ed Galenkamp – Vice President
Yvonne Balkema – Treasurer
Daun Hook – Secretary
Laura Gorter
Bruce Greenberg
Steve Hulsebos
Tom Ludwig
Tim Parker
Mark Van Lenten
Julie Westra