New Eastside Friends of Seniors director sees vision come true
March 25, 2014
Retired transportation economist and Redmond City Councilman Hank Myers is the new director of the volunteer organization Eastside Friends of Seniors.
He was doing volunteer work in his community when he proposed the idea of creating a nonprofit organization to help seniors maintain their independence by providing essential services that allow them to remain in their own homes.
“My friend said that agency already exists,” Myers recalled. “That’s when she told me about Eastside Friends of Seniors.”
The organization operates out of offices in the basement of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church on the Sammamish Plateau.
Eastside Friends of Seniors provides free rides to medical appointments, help with shopping and basic home maintenance that allows seniors to maintain their independence as well as their dignity by allowing them to remain safe and comfortable in their own homes.
The agency began serving seniors living in Sammamish and Issaquah in 1997 as Faith in Action. In 2010, it rebranded and began providing services to residents in the Snoqualmie Valley. It expanded its service area to Bellevue in 2011.
Last year, Eastside Friends of Seniors volunteers drove more than 20,000 miles transporting seniors to medical appointments and to the grocery store. Groups of volunteers have cleaned yards, done simple repairs and built ramps for residents in isolated areas.
The free services are available to any resident in the service area that is at least 60 years old.
Myers said he hopes to utilize the connections he has made in the public and private sectors during his decades of public service to help the agency expand its reputation with civic organizations and corporations that provide grants to nonprofit agencies.