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Simple but meaningful gesture in Montclair

Prior to our purchase of these properties 14 years ago, Thomas Peoples was a superintendent in one of the buildings.  He stayed on and – now 82 years old — is a rent-paying resident to this day.  He and his entire family were born in Montclair, and he retired from the Montclair post office after a 30-year career. He served in the army, going to Japan during the Korean War.   For the last 25 years, he lived with his wife and sister in the apartment.  Two years

ago, his wife passed away, and last year he lost his sister. Now living alone and fighting diabetes, a visiting nurse and his neighbors see to his needs.  Margie Vazquez, our resident manager, stops by often and runs errands for Mr. Peoples. When he failed to answer his door one morning last fall, she called the office for permission to enter and check his apartment.  She found the apartment empty and later learned he was making an unexpected doctor’s visit.  His next-door neighbor in the building, Mrs. Roselle Bazille (pictured with Mr. Peoples), often brings him food and his mail each day.  His upstairs neighbor Desmond Tucker, a staff member at Montclair State University, helps him clean and do light chores.  Mr. Peoples often remarks that his neighbors are “so nice.”

 

Inspiring Neighbor in Jersey City

One thing is helping a neighbor that you know and lives next to you, it’s truly remarkable to help a complete stranger.

Harendra Ikkurthi from our building in Jersey City helped a family with children find a place to live. Even though his own wife was in the last trimester of her pregnancy. He continued to help this family in need looking up information, speaking to co-workers and eventually got this family in contact with our Resident Manager. With this help, the family was able to find a home in time for the holiday season.

Inspiring Neighbor in Jersey City

One thing is helping a neighbor that you know and lives next to you, it’s truly remarkable to help a complete stranger.

Harendra Ikkurthi from our building in Jersey City helped a family with children find a place to live. Even though his own wife was in the last trimester of her pregnancy. He continued to help this family in need looking up information, speaking to co-workers and eventually got this family in contact with our Resident Manager. With this help, the family was able to find a home in time for the holiday season.

Helping his neighborhood during Hurricane Sandy

This week, the spotlight goes to Mathis Sharpless from our building on Gifford Ave in Jersey City. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mathis was contacted by an organization to hand out $100 gift cards to help offset the cost of spoiled food. Without thinking twice, he went door to door and organized a group of his neighbors for them to receive gift cards. By the end of the day, he helped distribute over $30,000 worth of gift cards to his neighborhood.

Little acts of kindness go along way and Mathis showed what it is to think about your neighbors in a  time of need. 

Helping his neighborhood during Hurricane Sandy

This week, the spotlight goes to Mathis Sharpless from our building on Gifford Ave in Jersey City. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mathis was contacted by an organization to hand out $100 gift cards to help offset the cost of spoiled food. Without thinking twice, he went door to door and organized a group of his neighbors for them to receive gift cards. By the end of the day, he helped distribute over $30,000 worth of gift cards to his neighborhood.

Little acts of kindness go along way and Mathis showed what it is to think about your neighbors in a  time of need. 

Inspiring neighbor in Elizabeth.

Here’s an inspiring story from of our buildings in Elizabeth. Angel Abreu was walking into his Elizabeth, New Jersey apartment building when he noticed smoke rising from a neighbor’s car while she was parking.  He immediately told her to get out of the car, and the engine burst into flames just as she exited.   Angel ran into his building, grabbed a hall fire extinguisher, and returned to the blazing auto.  He attacked the fire and quickly put it out.  His quick thinking and heroic actions for a neighbor prevented injury to the driver and damage to any adjacent cars. 

 

Inspiring neighbor in Elizabeth.

Here’s an inspiring story from of our buildings in Elizabeth.

Angel Abreu was walking into his Elizabeth, New Jersey apartment building when he noticed smoke rising from a neighbor’s car while she was parking. He immediately told her to get out of the car, and the engine burst into flames just as she exited.   Angel ran into his building, grabbed a hall fire extinguisher, and returned to the blazing auto.  He attacked the fire and quickly put it out.  His quick thinking and heroic actions for a neighbor prevented injury to the driver and damage to any adjacent cars.

 

Our Mission: Inspiring Our Neighbors

We provide rental housing for over 1,200 people, and our staff believes that housing is the most fundamental of needs. Almost all of our staff lives in our communities, and each morning we are there as residents embark on their day. We expect our residents to pass on to others the good service, good deeds, and acts of kindness we provide every day. Our staff works hard to inspire our residents so that they can inspire others. Like a pebble dropped into a pond, the staff’s deeds spread across our properties, to our neighbors, down our blocks, and into the entire region.