Socorro Bumanglag, Director of Nursing

Socorro is equipped with over 26 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a registered nurse and wellness care coordinator, she is a resource of knowledge to our staff and community. Besides being a certified Infection Control Preventionist, she is also Board-Certified in Gerontology, a Geriatric Resource Nurse, and a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.

Socorro joined The Cliffs team in 2020 as an Infection Control Preventionist and soon assumed the position of Director of Nursing in 2022. Getting to know the residents needs first-hand is what makes her a great Director of Nursing. She likes to be hands-on with the residents and always strives to give them the best quality of care.

Monica Brooks, Activities Director

The Cliffs resident social life is busy and colorful. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Monica, who draws out the monthly activities’ calendars of the Assisted Living and Haven side of The Cliffs. Each activity is carefully and thoughtfully planned out to cater to residents’ needs and wants. Monica enjoys providing fun, stimulating, and educational activities to residents to promote physical and brain health.

Monica’s journey began in 2003, when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It was then that she took a step to gain a better perspective on dementia. Her initiative to learn led to taking courses about dementia, which ignited her passion. Throughout her 25 years of experience in LTC, 17 of those at The Cliffs, Monica became a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy and holds a certification in the following areas: Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, Certified Dementia Advanced Care Practitioner, and Certified MEPAP for Activity Professionals. Monica also completed training in Behaviors in LTC and Master Training Teamsteps. Monica continues to educate herself with modern ways on how to cater to our residents needs through Activities Professionals Continuing Education. For Monica, her work at The Cliffs is fueled by her love for the residents and is shown through her ways of creating a therapeutic environment for them. As she put it, “The Cliffs is my home, and the residents are my family.”

Marvin Del Rosario, Director of Business Administration & Environmental Services

With close to 15 years of service at The Cliffs, Marvin has been a tremendous asset to The Cliffs. In 2008, Marvin joined The Cliffs team as a bookkeeper. With his diligence and passion for learning, he was soon promoted to Business Office Manager, overseeing the daily operations in the business side of the organization.

As a busy body, Marvin likes to tackle many tasks to break his routine desk work. Throughout the years, he has assisted and worked closely with the former Director of Environmental Services, Mark Rivera. When Mark retired in 2020, he assumed the Directorial position for the Environmental Services department. Marvin’s academic background in Engineering and experience in I.T. fuels his problem-solving attitude. That mindset along with his passion for learning ways to improve the facility sets a standard that makes The Cliffs a safe and comfortable home for the residents. “The Cliffs isn’t just a workplace; it is my second home.”

Residents Take in the Views at Lake Mohawk

Our first set of residents enjoyed a scenic trip to enjoy the Fall foliage and to stop by the boardwalk at Lake Mohawk last week.

And for all it was a true breath of fresh air to enjoy another taste of normalcy post pandemic.

As one resident described it, “what joy to bask in the sunshine of the Mohawk valley!” “Who knew such beauty was so close by”, said another.

With those rave reviews a second trip is planned for Nov. 19th to take another group of our residents to enjoy it too.

Cliffs Residents at Lake Mohawk

Rev. Dawn is Reviving the Spirit of our Residents through Inspiration and Song

It isn’t hard to smile when Rev. Dawn gathers residents together to be reminded of a loving God who cares for them; and how they too can uplift each other by caring for those in their midst.

Despite being the newest addition to The Cliffs Family, she has found a welcomed community ready to enjoy her energy and wisdom, as part of our Spiritual Enrichment Support Team.

Rev. Dawn has a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate in Metro Urban Ministry. She worked as a full-time Social Justice Minister and Clergy for her congregation in Perth Amboy, N J for 5 years. After that, she was called into chaplaincy. Presently, Rev. Dawn divides her time as the Primary Chaplain of Heritage Mano, which offers her the opportunity to minister to hospice, dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as our Cliffs residents.

As Rev. Dawn establishes relationships with our staff and residents, her goal is to “present ministry through bringing the presence of God in a way that is familiar and comfortable to the community”.

Rev. Dawn will be at The Cliffs weekly on Thursdays to be a support to both residents and staff members.

Cliffs Staff and Residents Remembered in a Special Way

It’s hard to believe that Nyla Armstrong is now in college. We had gotten to know Nyla through her grand-mother, resident, Cynthia Armstrong over the several years she visited her grandmother, Cynthia, along with her mom, Anya and her aunt Andrea.

Not only was Nyla a top student, she was also a teen pageant winner. So, it was a delight to hear Nyla on the phone a few weeks ago to learn she was a student at Kean University in their Graphic Arts program, and then to learn the reason for her call…

As part of an art class community project, Nyla explained: “Our freshmen art class chose to paint pictures for the elderly that would make them smile. When we chose that project, my mind went to you and the staff at the Cliffs who helped me, my mother, my aunt and especially my grandmother. It really means a lot to me that we can send these paintings to you and the members at The Cliffs as a thank you for all you did for us”. 

I asked Nyla for a message from her to the residents. Here is what she said: “We hope this project made you smile, because your smile is the shining light that we worked for…” Nyla not only brought a smile to our residents, but to the staff as well, knowing that the care they give day to day makes a difference in people’s lives, and not just the Cliffs resident, but their families as well.

John McQuillan

Angela

I hope you, the residents, and your staff are doing well during these trying times. I can’t even begin to imagine how each of you copes with the stress and sadness that must define your days.

Enclosed is a holiday gift for your staff in recognition of the support they showed my mom during the early days of the pandemic. We were profoundly grateful that she was surrounded by such kind and loving people during the last days of her life. Although she could not see us in person, she had all of you at The Cliffs who in many ways had become her second family. In particular, your choice of Maria to help my mother every day was inspired. She treated my mother with such love and kindness. I’m sure my mother came to think of Maria as one of her daughters.

My sisters and I shall always be grateful for the wonderful care my mom received while she was a resident at The Cliffs.

Fondly,

Angela

Lenore

Little did we know when my husband had to be moved into The Haven at The Cliffs, it would be a 5 ½ year journey. Over the years, I spent a lot of time there with him and when I could not be there, I knew the staff was providing loving care for him.

The range of activities and entertainment, a well-thought-out menu customized for each resident, a concerned nursing staff, all provided a very comfortable atmosphere at The Cliffs for one to age-in-place.

Concerns for the resident by the family were always address in a timely manner. We were very fortunate to have found the Cliffs.

Lenore

A Tribute to a Cherished Member of the Cliffs Family, Faith Longstreet

Since the moment the Cliffs opened its doors in May of 2005, Faith Longstreet had been part of the welcoming staff initially greeting our “Pioneers” as we called our first roster of new residents, until the final days of her life’s journey. Faith’s affection for our residents was often the reason Faith was the first person families would seek out to create a memorial service for their loved one when that time came.  Now, sadly, it is our turn to bid our dear friend farewell with a profound thank you for helping the Cliffs become a premier community for the elderly in New Jersey.  

Below are excerpts from her Obituary that recently appeared in a local paper:

Faith Suem Longstreet, 78, was called home to her eternal resting place on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Faith was born in Perth Amboy on, March 21, 1943 to Clarence V. & Viola M. Longstreet. Faith was a goal-oriented achiever with a calling to serve God through serving others and that’s exactly how she chose to give and live her life by.

After graduating from Drew University in 1965, she was commissioned by the American Baptist Foreign Mission Board to a position in Chang Mei, Thailand where she worked with the Hmong tribal people. She later moved to England, where she helped set up the photographic library for the British and Foreign Bible Society and was involved in Christian Arts movement in London. She traveled back and forth for many years until she returned to Woodbridge, NJ to care for her aging parents.

After her return to US, Faith worked for the Township’s Board of Education for many years as a teacher in the Gifted and Talented program until its end; then on to being a regular substitute teacher for many years following until she retired to give more time to her passion of ministry.

Faith founded the Woodbridge Township People of Faith more than 15 years ago that grew to providing upwards of 160 outreach meals to people in need and those shut-in. Her mission was to provide home-cooked, hand-delivered meals by caring folks who would take time to connect with those who may feel lonely or forgotten. The meals were provided every 2 months for all major commercial and religious holidays occurring in that 2 month period throughout the year. Each meal came with a napkin, a special holiday message or prayer, an applicable Scripture to offer them hope along with a handcrafted keepsake to make each recipient feel special, loved and bring them joy! In conjunction, Faith worked with other community programs in the Township, food shopping and delivering to countless recipients.

Faith also served on the Board of Directors at The Cliffs at Eagle Rock Assisted Living Facility in West Orange, NJ, as well as serving as their Spiritual Director until the pandemic restricted close interaction with the residents. In her role as Spiritual Director, Faith provided countless uplifting programs, music, spiritual counseling, in addition to coordinating and officiating Memorial Services held for the community of residents themselves when others at the facility passed.

She devoted many years of her life to serving the First Congregational Church as President of the Women’s Fellowship group as their full-time Church Organist and in conducting Worship Services nearly full-time for a period of a year, then as needed from that point on.

A Memorial Service will be planned for in the near future at the Cliffs at Eagle Rock.

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