Ecumen Lakeshore Resident Hank Noordzy Named “Volunteer of the Year” by LeadingAge Minnesota

Ecumen Lakeshore resident Hank Noordzy, a former Luther pastor, has been home delivering meals to housebound seniors for 43 years.

For over 43 years Henry “Hank” Noordzy has given his time, energy and talents to the Home Delivered Meals program at Ecumen Lakeshore, where he is now a resident. Last week Hank received the prestigious “Volunteer of the Year” award at the annual LeadingAge of Minnesota “Stars Among Us” awards presentation in Saint Paul.

Each year LeadingAge Minnesota, the statewide association of aging services providers, gives awards honoring people who have significantly impacted the lives of older adults in Minnesota. Hank, a retired Lutheran pastor, has been delivering meals to people for more than 43 years so they can continue to remain in their homes.

“Even though he is retired, he continually engages with seniors in our community with a discerning heart,” said Ecumen Lakeshore Chaplain Alice Olson. “Once a pastor, always a pastor. His ministry is his everyday life.”