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CALTR-FIA Seeks Volunteers in September for House Rehab

CALTR – Faith in Action Partnering to Renovate a House in Keyport

CALTR – Faith in Action announces a new project in Keyport, NJ! We will be partnering with the Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation to renovate a newly purchased house to be ready for a low-income family. We are seeking skilled and unskilled volunteers to help with this renovation in September 2018.

Please contact Deb Convery either via  or by phone at 609-206-5507 for more information or to volunteer.

Donate Hurricane Emergency Kits!

CALTR is partnering with Church World Service to collect emergency kits that will be shipped to disaster sites  via CWS’s significant disaster response network.

Drop off complete kits, lose kit items, or monetary donations to purchase kit supplies to the Reformed Church of Highland Park before September 30.

 **Please do not drop off any unlisted items at this time.**

Hygiene Kits
(kit tutorial video)

  • One hand towel measuring approximately 15″ x 28″ to 16″ x 32″ (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
  • One washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
  • One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
  • One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper
  • One toothbrush in the package
  • Ten standard size Band-Aids

All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal. Do NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each hygiene kit just prior to its final journey.

Clean-up Bucket Kits
(kit tutorial video)

  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs non-surgical, non-latex gloves
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
  • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

All cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Group News



CALTR’s Project Manager, Harry Pangemanan, and volunteers from the Reformed Church of Highland Park and the Islamic Center of New Brunswick are in Port Arthur, Texas, providing hurricane-damaged homes with tear-out and repair.

The crew is joined by volunteers from our partner agency, World Renew, as well as local volunteers from the Indian community of Port Arthur, who have been working closely with CIC Board member, Jean Stockdale. This diverse interfaith group is a blessing our our community and to the people of Port Arthur!

Follow daily updates – including photos – on the group on CALTR’s Facebook page!

Read about one homeowner, Ella, in this World Renew online article.

CBMHS Yoga Workshop

Please join CIC and Church-Based Mental Health Services, in partnership with 7 Seeds Yoga, for a special workshop for helping professionals and community volunteers.
WHAT: An experiential workshop on trauma, addiction, and recovery that includes 1 hour of classroom instruction on trauma-informed yoga and meditation as practical solutions that provide positive treatment outcomes; 90 minute yoga practice – for all levels – guiding participants through the 7 Seeds program; 30 minute guided meditation – no experience necessary.

WHEN: June 3, 10 AM to 1 PM

WHERE: Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 South 2nd Avenue
WHO:  7 Seeds Yoga engages with and educates the community about the complex relations between trauma, addiction and body/mind; we use the healing powers of yoga and meditation to empower our clients to transform their own lives. 7Seeds Yoga is a thoughtful collaboration of mental health providers, clinicians, yoga instructors, social workers, recovering persons and addictions professionals who bring compassionate support to individuals, families and communities suffering from the effects of trauma and substance use disorders. Learn more at:


WHY: To increase skill and capacity for working with clients and community members who experience trauma, addiction, and recovery; to recognize and heal trauma within ourselves; to expand and challenge our concept of health and healing for communities and systems that are broken.

HOW MUCH: $35 for the 3-hour workshop. Scholarships are available.
HOW TO REGISTER: Please email