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NEST hosts community dinner with Nancy Pearl, KUOW’s Steve Scher

February 28th, 2014 by Support Staff

Next month brings the return of a popular northeast Seattle event – NEST’s community dinner with Nancy Peal and friends.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Sunday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m.

Pearl – an international literary star – is being joined by a radio host who often interviews her,  Steve Scher of KUOW  public radio. Both live in northeast Seattle.

They will be talking about books-their current favorites and the ones that played a significant role in their lives.

Last year’s event, also featuring Pearl,  filled the hall. More than 130 people, 24 volunteers and 18 business contributed, raising over $20,000 to support NEST,  a local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

This year’s community event, titled “NE Seattle Treasures”, is at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75.00, a portion of which will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the event image in the middle of page. To pay by check, please send a check to NEST, PO Box 51009, Seattle, WA 98115 and include a note with (1) the name of each ticket holder, (2) your address and phone number.

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 the current NEST board president.

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Few tickets left for NEST event with Nancy Pearl

March 20th, 2013 by Support Staff

There are still a few tickets left for this Sunday’s dinner with uber-librarian Nancy Pearl.

The event, from 5-8 p.m. March24, is in part a celebration of North East Seattle Together’s one-year anniversary of launching its non-profit senior services.

Most of the cost of the event is tax-deductible.

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

February 24th, 2013 by Support Staff

The year-old senior “village” that supports seniors in their own homes  is celebrating its anniversary next month with an evening with 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 on 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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RN opens “patient advocate” business in NE Seattle

May 31st, 2012 by Support Staff

A registered nurse with 34 years of experience has opened a “patient advocate” business serving northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge.

Debi Quirk’s new business, RN Patient Advocates of Puget Sound, is part of a national health business trend giving patients somebody “in their corner” when it comes to navigating the often complex world of doctors and hospitals. Here’s an NPR story on the trend.

Quirk, who lives in Bryant, says in an email:

“We will collaborate with your doctors on your behalf, and help you to understand what is happening. You will know what your best treatment options are. You will not have to navigate through this alone. We are knowledgeable in all modalities, conventional, functional and integrative medicine. We can ask those questions that you do not know how to ask, and explain the answers to you and your family. You will have us by your side along with the most current knowledge and research, including evidence for best practice.”

Quirk, who spent 20 years teaching future nurses at the university level, recently completed extensive training in patient advocacy through RN Patient Advocates and the University of Arizona.

For more information contact: info@rnpa-pugetsound.com

Disclosure: Quirk is an active volunteer with North East Seattle Together, a local senior non-profit. The author is on the board of NEST.

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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – launches today

May 1st, 2012 by Support Staff

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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