What does S.H.A.R.E. stand for?

S.H.A.R.E. stands for Senior Housing Association of Ridgewood and Environs.

What kind of organization is S.H.A.R.E.?

S.H.A.R.E., Inc. is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3, non-denominational corporation which provides an affordable home-like environment for independent seniors within the Ridgewood community.

Where is S.H.A.R.E.?

There are currently two S.H.A.R.E. residences for independent senior citizens, age 62 and older.  Cottage Place Senior Residence, opened in 1982, was the first S.H.A.R.E. residence. Cottage Place is located at 104 Cottage Place in Ridgewood, New Jersey, 07450 and is the mailing address for S.H.A.R.E., Inc.  Prospect Place Senior Residence opened in 1998 and is located at: 130 Prospect Street in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

What are the S.H.A.R. E. residences like?

Both are large Victorian homes located very close to the Village of Ridgewood’s central business district, the downtown area.  The two residences are less than ½ mile from each other.  Each resident has a private bedroom, which is furnished with their own furniture.  Residents share a bathroom with one other resident.  The rest of both houses include shared living areas:  a living room, a dining room, a laundry area, a large three season porch & second floor sitting room at Cottage Place, a beautiful yard, and on-site parking.

How many residents live at each house? Do you have to be from New Jersey to live at S.H.A.R.E.?

Both Cottage Place and Prospect Place are Age Friendly residences that can each accommodate fourteen (14) residents. There are no residency requirements, but S.H.A.R.E. requires that each resident have a nearby emergency contact person who is also their S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Residency Agreement co-signer in case a situation comes up for which the resident needs support and/or help.

How old are the residents?

Residents must be at least 62 years old at the time of application, though the average age of our residents is closer to 80.

How much does it cost to live at one of the S.H.A.R.E. residences? What does that cover?

The monthly rent at both S.H.A.R.E. residences is currently $1,530.  The rent includes a private bedroom, utilities, meals, parking, and weekly housekeeping.  There is a nonrefundable entrance fee of one month’s rent prior to a new resident moving in.

What about financial assistance if I am unable to afford the rent?

S.H.A.R.E. has set the rent as low as possible and expects residents to be able to pay the monthly rent.  It is our expectation that families may have to assist in paying the rent. In special circumstances, there may be a small subsidy available to eligible residents through the organization’s Ritter Fund.  Further information would be provided to those eligible prospective residents who are accepted for admission to one of the S.H.A.R.E. residences.

Are any special services provided?

S.H.A.R.E. serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday at each residence.  Residents prepare their own daily breakfast and weekend lunches with food provided to them. Each home has a resident kitchen where they can prepare such meals. Weekend dinners are cooked and served by volunteers and may be ordered in at times. The Program Director sets up educational workshops on a regular monthly basis at each residence.  There is a weekly on-site Chair Exercise Class that is open to residents from both houses.  S.H.A.R.E. Board members and community volunteers socialize with residents, facilitate games, arts & crafts, holiday and special events, provide music and other entertainment, assist residents with spring clean-up, gardening, and maintenance projects and chores.

What do you mean by independent living?

S.H.A.R.E. uses the New Jersey State criteria for seniors to define “independent living” status.  Residents to Cottage Place and Prospect Place must be physically and mentally “independent.”  This means that physically a resident must be able to walk on their own or with a cane, be able to negotiate stairs unassisted, be capable of self-evacuating the house in an emergency, be free from evidence of communicable disease, NOT be challenged by incontinence, NOT be in need of skilled nursing care, NOT be chair fast or bed fast, and  be reasonably well-oriented.  Residents must be mentally able to manage their own medications without supervision and have appropriate judgment in emergencies and be socially compatible in a shared group living environment.

What is the admission process at S.H.A.R.E.?

The first step is to provide information through this website (an online application is available) or by calling the Program Director, Marianne Bennett, MSW, at 201-670-9605. An appointment for a tour of one or both residences will be scheduled with her. The tour may include the applicant resident and/or his/her family member(s).  During the tour, the applicant will meet with the Program Director and likely several current S.H.A.R.E. residents. If the applicant continues to be interested in pursuing the residency process, the application form needs to be completed at this time and returned to the Program Director, if not already provided online. An applicant may also complete an application in order to be placed on the waiting list. If there is a vacancy, the admission process proceeds to the next applicant scheduled to have an interview with two S.H.A.R.E. advisory board members of the Residents Committee. Prior to an interview the applicant will be asked to provide identification and medical and financial documentation.   After the interview, the applicant may be considered for residency. Once received, a decision will be made whether the applicant might fit in as a S.H.A.R.E. resident. Once accepted, the applicant will meet with the Program Director to review the required documents and sign the S.H.A.R.E. Residency Agreement which needs to include a nearby relative or close friend who has agreed to be their co-signer and emergency contact. Once the fees and first month’s rent is paid, a move-in date will be scheduled.

Are there any house rules?

There are many “rules” for the health, welfare and safety of all S.H.A.R.E. residents.  The document governing house rules, along with several others, such as residents’ rights, etc., are required to be on file for each S.H.A.R.E. resident by the State of New Jersey.  Each document will be discussed and signed at the meeting with the Program Director prior to move-in.

What does it mean to be a New Jersey State regulated boarding home for senior citizens?

It means that some practices and procedures must be adhered to, along with S.H.A.R.E. passing various annual inspections by the State of New Jersey, the County of Bergen, and a fire inspection by the Village of Ridgewood.  All of those specific requirements will be discussed prior to admission to S.H.A.R.E.   One example is that all residents be able to evacuate the residence for a monthly fire drill as scheduled by the program director.

What is the process if I am on S.H.A.R.E.’s waiting list?

If you request to be on the S.H.A.R.E. waiting list, or if you are interested in living in one of the S.H.A.R.E. residences and there are no openings, you will be placed on the waiting list.  When a vacancy occurs, the Program Director contacts each person, based on the date they were placed on the waiting list, to determine who is interested in moving into the vacant room at S.H.A.R.E.  Each person (in order reached) is offered to schedule the interview with the two Resident Committee members.  The process continues as described in the admissions process.

What happens when  I am accepted for residency at Prospect or Cottage Place?

You will be a vital part of Age Friendly Ridgewood.  You will have made the decision to live independently and with dignity at S.H.A.R.E.


If you have additional questions, please contact Marianne Bennett, M.S.W., L.S.W., Program Director at 201-670-9605 or via email at shareofficeinfo@yahoo.com.