Someone to Lean On – A CNN Hero is Recognized

Inez CNN Photo1 (2)A new extended video just released on CNN Heroes website.  Watch the new 2 minute video of Inez Russell, Executive Director of Friends for Life, as this week’s CNN Hero.  This beautifully composed video is something everyone should see.



A few words from our Clients

please helpholdinghands3






vivian thanksaliceS





This year it will cost at least:

 $2,974 to care for each guardianship client,blind

$8,025 to care for each adult day care client,

$1,550 to care for each money management client, and

$52 to care for each independent living and quality of life client.

(We receive no fees for providing services to our independent living or quality of life clients.)

In these two graphs, you can see where our support came from last year

and how we used what was entrusted to us.


Last Income 2014Expenses 2014

Inez Russell, Executive Director of Friends for Life named CNN Hero

Heroes Logo new tag v1aFriends for Life’s Executive Director, Inez Russell, has been chosen by CNN as a CNN Hero.

CNN Heroes honors everyday people for their selfless, creative efforts to help others. CNN receives thousands of nominations from around the world and each week features just one.

Inez Photo 2015

Gary Vogel, President of the Friends for Life Board of Directors, said about the award, “This is such a wonderful honor for Inez. She has dedicated her life to serving the elderly and adults with disabilities in the Waco area and around the state. Being honored on such a broad platform will bring so much recognition and awareness to the invaluable service that Friends for Life has offered for more than a quarter of a century.

In 1989, Inez Russell started Friends for Life in an effort to meet the needs of elderly and people with disabilities who lacked support and family.  Over the past 25 years, Friends for Life has expanded into 81 counties in Texas making it possible to reach thousands more.  Read the story and watch the CNN Heroes video here.