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Staying connected to a community is important to our staff and to our residents. As we celebrate another birthday, we want to share with you that we are still committed to the community we serve today as much as the day we opened. 

Like everyone else, we’ve had to adapt through COVID, especially for the health and safety of our residents. Although our service events may look a little different because of this, we are still committed to maintaining these deep connections with our surrounding community.


One of the ways our residents stay connected and give back is by providing meals via nourish.NJ and Purple Apron. By packaging one-pot meals, down to the ½ tablespoon of salt, they are able to help provide delicious home-cooked meals to local families in need. Our residents have made and donated more than 150 meal kits to Nourish.NJ, and we continue to put these bags together on a monthly basis.

Spiritual Connections  

We are blessed to have connections to the following faith-based communities: St Virgil Parish, Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains, and Adath Shalom. Not only are we blessed to have  these places to worship locally, but we have also had youth complete their hours for confirmation and bar mitzvahs by volunteering at our community—an enjoyable and valuable experience for the volunteers and our residents alike. 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s - New Jersey 

In addition to assisted Living, Arbor Terrace Morris Plains also offers dementia care and our Bridges Neighborhood for those with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.  Each year, we help raise funds and walk to bring awareness to this disease. Walk with us next year!


We continue to support seniors’ needs by offering educational opportunities for residents and the surrounding community about the needs of seniors, dementia care, senior suicide, and caregiving stress. 

2020 was a year like no other. We learned a lot along the way and continue to educate our staff, residents, and community on a variety of COVID-related topics like Living with an Aching Heart, Managing Stress, Anxiety During Challenging Times, and Embracing Grief. 

We also participate in awarding scholarships for Mental Health First Aid through the Morris and Essex Mental Health Association.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please visit our website for additional community events and volunteer opportunities. We look forward to many more years of serving our residents and the surrounding community in Morris Plains!

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Ruth Matthews

About the Author: Ruth Matthews

Originally from Macon, Ruth relocated to Atlanta in the early 1980s. She joined the team in 2004 and considers being here as a real privilege. She loves working with and learning from the residents. She values the time she gets to spends with each one. When not at the community, Ruth loves spending time with her dog, Layla. She also loves spending quality time with her family and friends.

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