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Montclair Township

Senior and Social Services

Township of Montclair Municipal Building
205 Claremont Avenue
Third Floor
Montclair, NJ 07042

Social Services and Senior Citizen Services: Sue Portuese

Katie York, PhD

Aging in Place
Township of Montclair Municipal Building
205 Claremont Avenue
Third Floor 
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-509-4970

Katie York, PhD, Project Director

Montclair “Snow Buddies” to Expand Operations PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, Septmeber 2, 2015

Last year, Boy Scout Troop 8, led by Eagle Scout applicant, John Gouwar, created the Montclair Snow Buddies program designed to pair senior citizens in the community who need help during the winter shoveling snow with volunteers who assist them. John developed the program as a small-scale pilot project in partnership with the Montclair Health Department and the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC). This year John and fellow scouts from Troop 8 are committed to expanding the project in an effort to help a greater number of Montclair’s senior citizens.

But they need your help.

Lifelong Montclair Launches Senior Services Directory PDF Print E-mail

Lifelong Montclair logoMonday, February 9, 2015

Lifelong Montclair is pleased to share the Directory of Senior Services in Montclair, thanks to the collaborative efforts of many individuals and groups. The Directory has been reformatted from earlier versions to make it easier to navigate. Hard copies of the directory will be available at locations throughout town, including the Montclair Health Department, located on the third floor of the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue.

Download the Directory of Senior Services in Montclair (580kb PDF)

In addition, Lifelong Montclair provides a transportation guide for seniors: Montclair Seniors' Guide to Public Transportation

For more information on Lifelong Montclair visit the Aging in Place Initiative page.

Montclair's Aging in Place Initiative PDF Print E-mail

Lifelong Montclair, Aging in Place logoThe Montclair Health Department and the Partners for Health Foundation launched an "Aging in Place” program earlier this year with the goal of transforming Montclair from a good place to live into a great place in which to grow older. The program was designed to address senior citizen concerns such as public transportation, pedestrian safety, parking, housing, activities for seniors, and others.

Katherine A. York, PhD, is spearheading the initiative as the project director. Katie is the point person who is engaging a broad range of community stakeholders to identify new services that complement community assets. She was also brought on board promote these new services, as well as existing programs.

Katie’s expertise in the aging field spans more than 10 years. She returned to New Jersey after working as the Northern Kentucky SHIP Coordinator, helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the public benefits maze. She has a BS in biology (Haverford College), an MBA (University of Massachusetts – Amherst), and a PhD in gerontology with a graduate certificate in developmental disabilities (University of Kentucky).

Download the Lifelong Montclair Guide to Public Transportation developed by the New Jersey Travel Independence Program at the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The guide helps Montclair's senior citizens understand available transportation resources.

Read the June 2014 issue of the Aging in Place in Montcliar newsletter, "Lifelong Montclair".

For more information, contact Katie York at 973-509-4967 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Township Creates Special Needs Registry PDF Print E-mail

The township Committee for People with Disabilities and the Montclair Police Department have established a registry for residents with special needs. The committee designed a special needs questionnaire for residents to register themselves or family members who may require special attention in the event of an emergency. The information provided will be maintained in a Police Department database.

“When we consider the events surrounding hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Police database could be a lifeline for special needs residents by letting emergency crews know in advance what the particular requirements may be for certain individuals in the community,” said Susan Irby, chairperson of the Committee for People with Disabilities. “For instance, a person who is elderly, blind, confined to a wheelchair or developmentally disabled can be registered; then, in the event of an emergency, response teams from EMS, Police and Fire, will be able to better prepare to respond appropriately and quickly to those special needs,” said Irby.

Entries to the database will be made by the Police Department and will be held in strictest confidence.

To register, download a Special Needs Questionnaire, fill out and mail to:

Montclair Police Department
647 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

ATT: Lt. Kenneth Miscia

Printed forms can be obtained at the Division of Social Services, third Floor, 205 Claremont Avenue.