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Coming home

Brooklyn native gets warm welcome upon moving to Cedar Crest from Florida

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June 26th, 2014
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Until Joseph Monroe decided to move closer to his family (about 1,300 miles closer), he didn’t realize how much he’d been missed. Shortly after he moved to Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., from spending 30 years in Del Ray Beach, Fla., his family showered him with a coming home party so big he felt like a king.

Joseph, his three sisters, and two brothers grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. At the May 3 party, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends welcomed him home. 

Perfect sense

For Joseph, coming home made perfect sense. And his feelings have been validated by the love and support he has received from his family.

“I had no family in Florida, and at my age, I didn’t feel like starting over,” he says. Just off I-287, Cedar Crest not only offers him close proximity to brothers and sisters in Toms River, Oakland, and Staten Island, it gives him socialization and even on-site medical care should he ever need it. 

“Right now, I’m very able, but you never know what tomorrow may bring,” he says of the peace of mind Cedar Crest’s medical center and continuing care neighborhood give him.

The community also offers a plethora of activities—“for once I get settled,” Joseph says. He notes the billiards tables, walking path, and woodshop among activities that spark interest. 

One amenity he’s already tried is the restaurants. “I don’t care what food you like or dislike, there’s no way you could go dissatisfied here. I’ve enjoyed every meal so far,” he says. 

Starting fresh

Although Joseph didn’t want to “start over,” he’s starting fresh. He chose a one-bedroom, Brighton-style apartment home at Cedar Crest and bought all new furniture. “It would have cost more to ship my 30-year-old furniture from Florida up here, so it made sense to buy new,” he says.

Practical-minded, Joseph chose the Brighton for space and budget. As Cedar Crest’s most popular and affordable apartment style, it features a spacious layout with one bedroom and one bath, an open living and dining area, and roomy kitchen. Joseph says it’s perfect for him. 

“I’m at a point in my life where I don’t need much. And the bigger your place is, the more you have to furnish and clean it,” he says. 

Joseph says he knew his new home was the place for him as soon as he saw it. “I wanted to move in. I have a beautiful view from my apartment,” he says.

It’s a good thing he moved when he did. “The more I’m here,” Joseph says, “the more I like it.”