Who We Are

We are a family of volunteers, staff, and donors who give our time and resources to provide friendship and companionship to elderly people in Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Baraga, and Marquette Counties of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Whom We Serve

We serve people age 60 and older who are aging without social support. By visiting and offering programs that promote independent living, we strive to meet the emotional and physical needs of our elderly friends. The services we provide depend on their level of need. Our Forever Friends are people we have determined to have the highest level of need because they require social support. It may be because they have no family in the area or their family requires and requests our assistance in reaching the social needs of their loved one. Our Forever Friends receive regular in-home visits, assistance with shopping and errands, rides to doctor appoinments, and are invited to al of our social activities and birthday celebrations. Our goal is to provide them with love and friendship, things that friends do together or for each other. Income is not considered in the selection process because it does not guarantee love or friendship.

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


A Brief History of Little Brothers

Little Brothers of The Poor was founded in Paris, France, in 1946 by Armand Marquiset, a French nobleman who saw the plight of the elderly living in war-ravaged Europe. Armand wanted to help and began alone by sheltering the homeless elderly and taking meals and clothing to them. He noticed, however, that material goods were not enough. They longed for those moments that most people cherish like being remembered on their birthday, celebrating a holiday with someone they love, compassion. Mr. Marquiset found not just a poverty of material things, but a poverty of the spirit.

Armand realized this was an opportunity for ordinary people to discover, express, and develop their gifts for helping and loving others. He called this opportunity "Little Brothers".

Little Brothers was brought to the United States in 1959, to Chicago.The Upper Michigan chapter started in 1982. Here, through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, we have continued the tradition of making friendship the foundation of everything we do. For us, service to the elderly begins by being a friend.




Click here for our FY 2016 Calendar of Events
October 2015
International Day of the Elder

6, 13, 20, 27

Matter of Balance Class
Fall Color Tour
Friends without Borders
Food Bag Delivery
Volunteer Orientation
Oct/Nov/Dec Birthday Party
Scott's Matinee
Activity with 6th Graders
Halloween Party
November 2015

3,           10

Matter of Balance Class
Food Drive
Friends without Borders
Holiday Volunteer Meeting - Ontonagon

Holiday Volunteer Meeting - Marquette

Holiday Volunteer Meeting -Baraga
Holiday Volunteer Meeting -Hancock