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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – celebrates anniversary with Nancy Pearl public event

February 23rd, 2013 by Mike

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 judy@nestseattle.org, 206.525.6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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Aljoya Thornton Place opens Earl Debnam art show

October 23rd, 2012 by master

Aljoya Thornton Place is inviting the public to an opening reception for a new exhibit Thursday featuring the works of Earl Debnam, a Seattle painter, community activist and three-time stroke survivor.


“Icons of the Soul” by Earl Debnam

The reception is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the retirement community, 450 N.E. 100th St., and the exhibit will remain open to the public through Dec. 10.

A news release from Aljoya explains that Debnam’s art is inspired by struggle, survival and jazz:

  • Political Struggle: Debnam took part in the longest act of civil disobedience in the U.S. history by occupying the Colman School for eight years, with a group of artists. Together, they demanded the city use the abandoned school to house and celebrate African American culture. The space is now the Northwest African American Museum.
  • Stroke Survival: Since the Colman School occupation, Debnam has suffered three strokes. He credits the strokes with giving him a surge of creative energy that allows him to capture his inner most thoughts and his ability to transcribe them via paining.
  • Jazz: Debnam often listens to jazz music when creating art.  He says it moves through his body when he paints, supporting his choices for color and shape.

“We chose to show Earl’s work because it tells amazing stories,” said Aljoya Thornton Place Art Curator June Sekiguchi. “Everything in the show is vibrant, expressive and engaging.  It is a perfect fit for this time of year.”

Although the reception Thursday is open to the public, advance reservations are requested by calling (206) 306-7920.

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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – launches today

May 1st, 2012 by Mike

North East Seattle Together  – the new “virtual village for seniors” – has its full public launch today.

Many neighbors have followed NEST’s progress over the past three years, watching as it organized, became a 501(c)3 and raised over $100,000 from the community. It was  featured in the Seattle Times and by KUOW Public Radio.

NEST is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that will be supported primarily by membership dues.  It serves 14 neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood, View Ridge and the University District – with a wide assortment of services, including transportation, simple household tasks, shopping and many, many more activities that are described on its website.

In February, NEST launched for Founding Members, who became the first to benefit from the community and support services that NEST provides to keep seniors safe in their own homes. Channel 13, Q13Fox.com,  has video here.

For more information email info@nestseattle.org or call 206-525-6378.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – launches with office, executive director

January 10th, 2012 by Mike

Update Jan. 14: Channel 13, Q13Fox.com, has covered NEST’s launch. Click here for the video.

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Watch video to see what NEST will do

North East Seattle Together  – the new “virtual village for seniors” – has hired an executive director and opened its office in the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood.

It is now recruiting Founding Members who will be the first to benefit from the community and support services that NEST will provide to keep seniors safe in their own homes. Founding Members can begin enjoying NEST’s services on February 14, 2012, with the full public launch occurring on May 1.

Many neighbors have followed NEST’s progress for more than a year, watching as it organized, became a 501(c)3 and started significant fundraising. It was  featured in the Seattle Times and by KUOW Public Radio.  More than 650 people asked to be added to its mailing lists, and over 150 volunteered to help NEST help seniors as it prepared to launch.

NEST is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that will be supported primarily by membership dues.  It will serve 14 neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood, View Ridge and the University District – with a wide assortment of services, including transportation, simple household tasks, shopping and many, many more activities that are described on its website.

NEST’s new executive director, Judy Kinney, has worked for decades as a community builder, social services leader, business owner and life coach. She is deeply committed to NEST’s mission.  Earlier this month Judy opened the first NEST office, at 5751 33rd Ave. N.E., inside Ravenna United Methodist Church.

For more information email NEST or call Judy at 206-525-6378.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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Maple Leaf council meeting tonight, plus a gathering for seniors

October 20th, 2010 by Mike

A reminder that the Maple Leaf Community Council‘s executive board meets tonight from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Church, 425 N.E. 95th St.

The agenda includes updates on the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and the community garden, together with developments at the old Waldo hospital and public safety.

The council is also having a general meeting to hear from candidates and discuss issues on next month’s general election ballot. That meeting, which in the past has drawn 150 neighbors,  is next Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St, from 7-9 p.m.

Expected are candidates for the state Legislature, including Phyllis G. Kennedy in District 46; U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott and his challenger Bob Jeffers-Schroder; and state Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders and challenger  Charlie Wiggins.

Initiatives to be discussed:

  • Initiative 1053: State Tax Increases
  • Initiative 1082: Privatizing Industrial Insurance
  • Initiative 1098: State Income Tax
  • Initiative Measures 1100/1105: Concerning liquor (beer, wine and spirits)
  • Initiative Measure 1107: Soda and Candy Tax

Also, tonight Senior Services is hosting “Aging Your Way,” to develop a vision of a community that will support seniors as they age, at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jim Diers, former city director of neighborhoods, will facilitate. Food will be served.

For more information, click here. You can also e-mail dorig@seniorservices.org, or call 206-448-5757.

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Aljoya art show just one of many public events

September 17th, 2010 by master

Just a month after celebrating its one-year anniversary, Aljoya at Thornton Place swung open its doors to the public again for an art show featuring the private collection by Northwest artist Paul Horiuchi.

But Aljoya, located at 450 N.E. 100th St., did more than just offer private tours of the dramatic art pieces to the nearly 200 guests and residents who attended the event. In honor of Horiuchi’s Japanese heritage, Aljoya also served refreshments including sake and plum wine to go with catered sushi along with Pan-Asian hors d’oeuvres from its own Lilly’s restaurant, which is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The senior living community has numerous public events planned every month, including the upcoming North Seattle Health and Wellness Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. See what else is in store on its events calendar.

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Maple Leaf part of program helping seniors stay in their homes

June 22nd, 2010 by master

A new nonprofit in Seattle is helping the elderly stay in their homes by creating a virtual village.  Our newspaper partners at the Seattle Times just did a profile of NEST (North East Seattle Together).

NEST ensures that seniors continue to live safely in their own homes and neighborhoods instead of moving into nursing homes or senior living facilities.  Members will pay an annual fee of $600 for neighbors to help with everyday tasks like garbage and lawn care.  Volunteers are also stepping up to help in their neighborhoods as well.

Fourteen neighborhoods in North Seattle will be served by NEST. (Disclosure: one of Maple Leaf Life’s co-editors is a NEST board member.) The geographic boundaries are east to Lake Washington, north to 110th, west to I-5 and south to the Montlake Cut.  [Click for map]

You can read the Times story here.

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