The year-old senior “village” that supports seniors in their own homes is celebrating its anniversary next month with an evening with Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl.
In its first year providing services, 55 people between the ages of 60-98 have become members of North East Seattle Together (NEST).
Esther, a 77-year-old Ravenna resident said, “I feel so relieved since joining NEST. Over the past year, I have gained confidence in asking for help. Now I am developing a list of things that I am not going to do on my own. I feel confident in calling and asking NEST for help.”
Transportation, social connections, technology assistance and household maintenance are members’ top requests. To date, more than 100 volunteers have been trained to support NEST members with errands, household tasks, and rides to medical appointments, the hairdresser, or the grocery store.
Volunteer Sharon Greenberg says, “NEST members do not sit around watching TV all day.”
NEST, a 501(c)3 non-profit, serves seniors in the area roughly from Northgate Way south to the ship canal, and from Interstate 5 east to Lake Washington.
NEST is celebrating its first anniversary with “An Evening with Nancy Pearl” held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 24th. For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.525.6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.
Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.