Our Mission

To identify, develop and coordinate resources, policies, programs and services
that support and empower all residents of Maplewood and South Orange
to age in place as full members of the community.

Recognizing the increasing number of residents over 60 and the desire to keep long-term residents in our communities, South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) launched "Two towns for all ages." Under this new initiative, SOMA is taking a proactive approach to foster healthy aging and enable residents to age in place.

This age-friendly initiative engages all stakeholders in the community - government, businesses, schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations - to build a community that serves the needs of residents of all ages. To ensure programs and services in our two towns meet these important goals we strive/pledge/commit to:

  • Be responsive to the needs of older residents.
  • Combine the resources and interests of both towns to build a synergistic relationship that promotes and supports healthy, engaged and vibrant aging.
  • Recognize the role older adults play in our communities and their contributions to the fabric of our diverse community.
  • Realize that improvements that benefit the older population also benefit the rest of our community.
  • Encourage older adults to engage in the conversation and be responsive to their concerns.

Both towns are committed to the long-term continuity and sustainability of the SOMA Two towns for all ages initiative.

Upcoming Events


This Weekend-long event returns, featuring Intergenerational Jeopardy Saturday, 3pm at SOPAC. This year's themes are mindfulness, technology and inspiration, including “Tools of Hope” and “Mindfulness in our Community” featuring SHU students & SOMA community members discussing what’s next in considering mindfulness in our community. Saturday's events at SOPAC, Sunday at Seton Hall
Full schedule and ticket information at https://www.Southnextnj.com.  Seating is limited.


Sunday, November 11, 2018 2:00 p.m.

The Township of Maplewood’s 15th Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony honoring all
Maplewood Veteran’s and their families will be held on Sunday, November 11th,
beginning at 2 p.m. at the Maplewood Municipal Building, 574 Valley Street,
Maplewood.  The ceremony is held in the Committee Room off the main lobby.
Mayor De Luca and the Maplewood Township Committee invite all residents as
well to this annual event.  Come and honor a Veteran!





SOMA Two towns for all ages is supported through the generosity of

The Grotta Fund  for Senior Care