Esther Oertel is new Friendly Visitor Program director

Esther Oertel of Hidden Valley Lake is the new Friendly Visitor Program director. Courtesy photo.




CLEARLAKE – Esther Oertel of Hidden Valley Lake is the new program director for the Friendly Visitor Program where volunteers offer friendship, understanding and companionship on a regular basis to South Lake County seniors having limited access to outside activities.

The free program is administered by Konocti Senior Support, Inc., which also provides senior peer counseling throughout Lake County.

“As the Friendly Visitor Program Director, Esther will expand communities of Friendly Visitors,” said Lawrence Grant, board president, Konocti Senior Support Inc. “We currently serve seniors in Clearlake Oaks, Spring Valley, Clearlake, Lower Lake, Kelseyville and Middletown.”

Program volunteers are trained and participate in monthly supervision meetings.

Oertel earned her Associate of Arts Degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. She formerly worked for Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Clearlake.

She can be reached at 995-1417.

Konocti Senior Support, Inc., incorporated in 1995, is a nonprofit public service corporation dedicated to enhancing seniors’ quality of life. All services are free.

For more information, contact Gwen Snyder at 995-1417.