In times of emergencies, ultimate success depends on the foresight, courage and initiative of many unsung heroes.

We, the undersigned residents of Montclair Inn located at 27 Hillside Ave., Montclair, wish to add the names of our executive director and her staff to the list of recognized heroes during this once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joy Kay, executive director of Montclair Inn, and her staff are our heroes at Montclair Inn.
On Jan. 27, when Ms. Kay became aware a resident had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and failed to inform management, she immediately sprang into action. Please note, each resident’s contract stipulates “the resident’s continued occupancy of the Montclair Inn is contingent on the resident’s ability to self-administer medication without supervision” — which means each resident is responsible for their own tests and vaccinations, etc.

Ms. Kay, however, in her capacity as executive director did not wait for each tenant to navigate the maze to tests and vaccinations. On Feb. 5 and 23, the COVID-19 tests were made available to Montclair Inn residents at Montclair Inn. On March 9 and April 6, the COVID-19 vaccines were made available to Montclair Inn residents, also at Montclair Inn.

The staff of Montclair Inn — Carolyn Anderson, Dawn Jennings, Michael Perez — and the support staff — Claudia, Karen Holt and Reginald Oliver — have enhanced the protection of the residents through wearing mandated masks and gloves, serving the tenants meals rather than the previous self-serve, and daily disinfection of common areas.
We wanted it noted, we are very, very grateful for the extra, extra mile Ms. Kay and her staff have taken in protecting us from this deadly pestilence.

Phyllis Crichlow, Margy Bruder, Linn Bullard, Bill Courson, Aurora Gatchalian, Glen Geider, Deb Handy, Saundra Jett, Collin Minert, Martha Moffet, John Morey, Risa Novikoff, Catherine Parola, Paul Reilly, Barbara Salfino, Fred Van Duyne, Lise Wawanolett
Montclair Inn residents


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