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27 Hillside Ave. Montclair, New Jersey 07042

Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m

About Us

What We Do

Montclair Shared Housing Association (MSHA) operates an affordable residence for seniors at the Montclair Inn, providing an option to enjoy communal living for as long as they’re able to manage activities of independent daily living.

We create a sense of community both inside and outside the Inn, collaborating with state and township officials, local businesses, foundations, schools, other non-profits and volunteers to support the Inn as the model of a non-profit boarding house.

Above all, we offer an environment that nourishes body and soul at an affordable cost through the senior years.

The Montclair Inn

Our Staff

History is full of ingenious characters who make much from little. No one beats our merry band of superheroes. They bring a host of skills and experience to the operations of the Inn—and a ton of heart.

Joy Kay - Executive Director

Joy Kay

Executive Director
Carolyn Anderson - Head Chef

Caroly Anderson

Head Chef
Dawn Jennings - Housekeeper

Dawn Jennings

Housekeeper
Michael Perez - Resident Manager

Michael Perez

Resident Manager
Carolyn Smith - Sunday Cook

Carolyn Smith

Sunday Cook
Claudia Riviere - Saturday Cook

Claudia Riviere

Saturday Cook
Karen Walters-Holt - Evening Manager

Karen Walters-Holt

Evening Manager

Our Board of Trustees

Our board members all tell a similar story about getting involved: someone invited them to the Inn, they were astounded and delighted to learn such a place existed, and felt compelled to help.

Executive Board

Stephen Bidwa
President
Director of Fraud Risk with UBS

Wendy Schindler
Treasurer
Community Leader

Pamela Posnock
Secretary of the Board
Community Volunteer

Board Members

Margaret Church
Project Manager, Life Long Elizabeth

Sarah Kramer
Fundraising Professional

Margaret “Peg” Seip
Community Planning and Development Consultant

Robert “Bob” Schwartz
Retired/Community Leader

Paul Sionas
Architect

Daniel Son
Vice President of Health Care and Not-for-Profit Banking
M&T Bank

Joy Charles Kay
Ex Officio Member
Executive Director

Historic Montclair Inn

Our history

In 1990, as they saw elderly residents leaving Montclair because they could no longer afford to live here, members of the now-named Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair formed a committee to address the need for affordable housing for seniors. The Montclair Shared Housing Association was formed and—with financial assistance from the Township of Montclair, the New Jersey Historic Trust, the New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program and the Federal Home Loan Bank—acquired and renovated what’s now known as the Montclair Inn.

Originally a resort hotel on Hillside Avenue, the building, which was constructed in 1855, had also been a women’s seminary and a low-end boarding house in its storied past.