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  1. Churches Improving Communities (CIC) Transforming lives through effective social justice and community service programming with church communities in central New Jersey

  2. One Hand, Many Functions CHURCHES IMPROVING COMMUNITIES

  3. Churches Improving Communities • CIC is Classis New Brunswick Community Development Corporation • CIC pools resources and volunteers from Classis New Brunswick churches • CIC positively impacts over 1000 people each year through 4 programs – NeighborCorps, CALTR, Church-Based Mental Health Services, Focus Church Campaign • CIC assists churches with their own projects – Spotswood Reformed Church’s Pixie Preschool, South River after school program

  4. CIC 2015 Budget $484,000 in total value invested in central NJ churches and communities in 2015

  5. Church-Based Mental Health Services • Low-cost and no-cost professional mental health counseling since January 2016 • 6 RCA church locations in Middlesex, Somerset, and Monmouth Counties • Resource for pastors and churches • Support groups – caregivers and chronic pain • Partners with NeighborCorps and Interfaith-Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment to serve clients

  6. CALTR – Churches Accomplishing Long-Term Recovery • Over 190 rehabilitated New Jersey shore homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy • Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties • Group volunteers from around the country via World Renew • Unemployed local volunteers • Partners with the Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation and the Community Church of Keyport to renovate abandoned homes for low-income housing in Monmouth County

  7. NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services • Free, supportive assistance to individuals released from Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility as they make the difficult transition back into society • 35 current participants • Prevents recidivism – 15% vs. 77% without re-entry • Repairs and strengthens familial, economic, and community relationships damaged by incarceration • Links participants to resources: mental health services, conflict resolution, addiction services, literacy support, educational programs, job training, employment services, healthcare, social services, and housing

  8. Focus Church Campaign • Joint program of Classis New Brunswick and CIC • CIC works with one Classis New Brunswick church intensely for one year as the Focus Church • 2016/17: First Reformed Church of New Brunswick • Identify and carry out a plan that responds to needs of the church and of the community • Goals: Expanded view of the possibilities for ministry; positive growth of the congregation in the community • Follow our progress at:ImprovingNJ.org/focus-church-campaign/ • Application for 2017/18 Focus Church due June 1, 2017

  9. Future of CIC Programs • NeighborCorps – Expand into more NJ counties • CBMHS – add 2 church sites/year + staff • CALTR – transition to renovating housing for low-income families • Senior Adult Day Care program pilot in 2017

  10. How to Get Involved • Monthly Congregational Engagement Conference Call: Visit www.ImprovingNJ.org for the next meeting date and time. • Become a Board Member. • Join a Program Steering Committee. • Shop CIC’s Alternative Gift Catalog online!

  11. Contact Information Churches Improving Communitiesc/o Second Reformed Church100 College AvenueNew Brunswick, NJ 08901 Email: ChurchesImprovingCommunities@gmail.comWeb: www.ImprovingNJ.org Facebook: CALTR, Church-Based Metal Health Services, NeighborCorps, and Churches Improving CommunitiesDonations can be made via PayPal on CIC’s website and by check made out to Classis New Brunswick CDC.