The Friendly Visiting Program


Our Friendly Visiting Program provides friendship and social support for lonely, isolated elderly people age 60 or older. Our Forever Friends receive a minimum of twice a month visits by staff or Visiting Volunteers. Visits include more than just friendly conversation. We also assist our Forever Friends with medical transportation, running errands, and small tasks.

For more information or to refer an elderly friend to the program, please call Julie Beck, Elder Services Coordinator at 482-6944 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Social Activities


We provide our Forever Friends with numerous social activities throughout the year. We celebrate holidays such as Valentine's Day, Halloween, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Activities include movie matinees, birthday celebrations, inter-generational events, community events, and more. Our goal is to give our Forever Friends the opportunity to remain active and celebrate these special occasions.

 

Holiday Celebrations


On Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter we host holiday dinner parties at 10 locations in the five county area for anyone age 60 or older who will be alone on the holiday. We also have two sites dedicated for home meal deliveries.

Our dinner parties are festive celebrations with a traditional holiday meal, brightly decorated hall and tables, entertainment, and lots of laughter. Before our elderly guests leave, they receive a fresh flower and usually some leftovers to enjoy the next day.

Transportation is provided for those who need it, and all volunteers are encouraged to sit and eat with our elderly guests.

Dinner party locations:

Hancock, Calumet, Houghton, Tapiola, South Range, Copper City, Ontonagon, Baraga, Marquette, and a private party for our Forever Friends who are residents at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility.

Our two Home Meal Delivery Sites are in Houghton and Laurium

 

Direct Services


We provide door-through-door (picking up passengers at the door of their home and delivering them to the door of their destination) Medical Transportation within Houghton and Keweenaw Counties for elderly residents age 60 and older. We also provide transportation to our nearest regional hospital in Marquette. We also provide handicap accessible transportation using wheelchair vans. This service is provided free-of-charge.

We require at least one week notice to enable us to recruit a volunteer driver or reserve a wheelchair van.

To request transportation, please call the Transportation Coordinator at 482-6944.

 

Many Copper Country residents still heat their home with firewood. We supply our elderly friends with a load of firewood each winter to offset their annual heating costs. Donated firewood must be used solely for home heating, not for discretionary heating such as for sauna firewood.

To request a load of firewood, please call Debby Hart, Supplemental Firewood Coordinator at 482-6944.

 

Now offering services in Ontonagon, Baraga and Marquette


Inspired by our founder Armand Marquiset’s desire to “spread across the earth igniting little fires of love”, we began to provide friendship and services for the lonely, isolated elderly in our neighboring counties of Ontonagon in 2011, Baraga in 2012, and Marquette in 2013.

We currently provide Friendly Visiting and Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter meals in Ontonagon and Baraga. We provide the holiday meals in Marquette and will begin our Friendly Visiting Program near the end of 2015.

Link to Article in the Marquette Mining Journal

Link to TV6 Story on our Marquette Dinner

 


Calendar of Events


May 2015
10
Mother's Day Luncheon
20
New Volunteer Orientation
20
Scott's Matinee
21
Memorial Service in memory of our elderly friends
22
Intergenerational Event
25
Office Closed in observance of Memorial Day


June 2015
6
Pancake Breakfast
17
New Volunteer Orientation
21 Father's Day Picnic
24

Scott's Matinee

30
Birthday Party for April, May & June Birthdays



Join us for coffee & conversation at our weekly "Coffee Clutch!" Free & open to the public, we meet Thursdays at 9:30 am at our office in Hancock.