openPR Logo
Press release


10-13-2011 09:05 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: Forte Public Relations

Jim Feaster has devoted seven years of his retirement to serving Houston’s homeless population with Star of Hope. Because of his dedicated volunteerism, The Buckingham senior living community is recognizing Jim Feaster as the third recipient of The Buckingham 2011 Salute to Seniors Award. Marilyn Fountain, director of community relations for Star of Hope, nominated Feaster for the honor.

“Jim and his wife Marge have assisted with many special projects over the years,” said Fountain. “They are exceptional people who love our mission and continue reaching out to the homeless in very special ways. We are so honored to have them as volunteers!”

The Buckingham Salute to Seniors Award is presented quarterly to honor an individual who is making a difference in their community. Qualified nominees are active adults age 62 and above who volunteer their time and talents to their communities, and who also exemplify leadership, spirit, and citizenship.

“Mr. Feaster has really poured his heart into serving Star of Hope,” said Cathy Lightfoot, director of sales and marketing at The Buckingham. “He helps the organization in so many different capacities, and we are so happy to honor him for all he does to serve our community through this wonderful organization.”

After moving from New York State to Houston in 1995, Feaster decided to find an organization to volunteer with and came upon Star of Hope. He started by bringing a group from Friendswood Community Church to assist with lunch once a month. As volunteers from the church trickled off, Feaster recruited friends and family members to help with the monthly schedule.

“I’ve always had a heart for serving those in need,” said Feaster. “The people Star of Hope serves all need an opportunity to get back on their feet. That’s why I’m here. I want to see them become productive members of our society and give them a chance to get their lives turned around.”

After starting in the kitchen, Feaster learned that Star of Hope was looking for someone to help in the eye clinic. After some training, Feaster began helping in the eye clinic one morning each week fitting and dispensing eyeglasses to patients after the doctor completes exams.

In addition to his kitchen and optician duties, Feaster and his wife Marge, both retired teachers, began teaching GED students one morning each week. Jim teaches science and then Marge follows with history and some English. They have also taken on the role of volunteer hosts, where they have been specially trained to meet and greet other volunteers and give tours.

Feaster, 70, retired from teaching after 32 years and then as a purchasing manager for another 10 years. When he’s not volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their two children and four grandchildren.

Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse. For more information visit


The Buckingham is Houston’s premier life care senior living community located in the Memorial neighborhood. Situated on a 17-acre site along Buffalo Bayou at 8580 Woodway Drive, The Buckingham offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site at The Plaza at The Buckingham. The community features 205 independent living residences; 43 private assisted living apartments; 16 private memory support apartments; and 60 private skilled nursing suites.

The Buckingham is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way under construction in Fort Worth, and Mirador in Corpus Christi. For information visit, or call (832) 426-1372.

Ashley Wessel
Forte Public Relations
12700 Park Central Drive
Suite 1250
Dallas, TX 75251
214-890-7912 ext. 27

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release THE BUCKINGHAM HONORS STAR OF HOPE VOLUNTEER here

News-ID: 195938 • Views: 1238

More Releases from Forte Public Relations

three: living architecture Partners with Omega and Church to Design Senior Commu …
A new trend is sweeping the senior living industry as churches seek to partner with developers to build communities within or adjacent to their campuses. The shift is part of a larger goal to serve and connect with a variety of people. three: living architecture’s latest design project – Lake Vista at Eagle’s Landing – is the result of such a partnership between Greenbrier Development, Omega Communities and Eagle’s Landing
Sonata West Orange to Expand Continuum of Care With Lively and Active Resort-Sty …
As the market matures and more options become available, companies are beginning to realize that they must develop tailor-made senior living communities, rather than one-size-fits-all counterparts. Most importantly, the new wave of senior living needs to incorporate regional design and cultural influences that cater to the senior demographic in the area of development. By incorporating regional flair and local cultural influences, architects, developers and landscapers work as a team to
three: living architecture Challenges Philosophy of Senior Living Design with Fr …
How can the senior living industry transition from a collection of formulaic aging-in-place communities to communities offering a transformational life-enhancing experience? They can model their design after Nakoma Sky with its unique, 79-acre, desert-resort site designed for an active lifestyle. La Posada, a nonprofit senior living organization that owns and manages properties, has engaged three: living architecture to design a remarkable living environment that truly connects its residents to
Avanti Senior Living Partners with Eldermark to Help Team Tailor Care to Each Re …
Avanti Senior Living, a revolutionary company that develops, operates and manages boutique-style senior living communities, and Eldermark, a nationwide software solutions provider for senior housing management, are leading the way with innovative technology in taking electronic healthcare records management to the next level. The two companies are preparing to launch an integrated electronic healthcare record-keeping system which will allow electronic healthcare records to be shared via a healthcare information exchange

All 5 Releases