Charity recognition

Friends for Life is honored and greatly humbled by the numerous organizations nationwide who have recognized our contribution to the care of seniors, frail elderly and people with disability.  We are also appreciative of the role our founder, Inez Russell has played in not only the vision of our charity but in her tireless leadership of state committees that set the standards for our work and her influence in Austin and Washington DC.  Here are just a few of the ways Friends for Life has been recognized and honored:

The Stephen F. Austin Distinguished Service Award for Commitment to God, Country and Fellowman by the Waco Scottish Rite Bodies.  The award, along with a donation for $10,000 was presented to Inez Russell on November 6, 2017 during a banquet at the Lee Lockwood Library. This award was also presented to Caritas, Meals on Wheels and Mission Waco. This year was the first time the award was presented to charities, rather than individuals.


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Friends for Life has a Platinum rating with Guidestar

CNN Hero

In the summer of 2015, Inez Russell was named a CNN Hero for the work being done at Friends for Life.

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Selected as one of 16 Outstanding Charities Nationwide to be featured in a report published by the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C. based research firm.

Recognized three times by the Acton Institute of Michigan who named Friends for Life one of the Most Compassionate and Effective Human Service Initiatives in the United States.

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Fordham University in New York in their Grotta Report, named Friends for Life one of the Nation’s Best Practice Models for Caring for the Elderly.

University of California at Berkeley named Friends for Life as Best Practice Model in Caregiving.

Achievements & Contributions

Inez Russell, Founder and Executive Director of Friends for Life, serves as the President of the National Volunteer Caregiving Network.  She is President of the Occupational Advisory Committee for McLennan Community College. She has served the Texas Guardianship Association as Volunteer Executive Director for 12 years and for 8 years on their board.

Inez received the YWCA Pathfinder’s Award for Civic Leadership, the Woman of Distinction award from the Girl Scout Council, was named Woman of the Year by Altrusa International, Inc. of Waco.

Inez Russell is a sought-after advisor to educational institutions and has helped produce national educational conferences.  She is working now with Baylor University’s School of Social Work to help develop an online training curriculum for a Certificate in Guardianship.