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 the Copper Country.

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".

From this modest beginning his vision was to spread this organization to as many people and places as possible. "I saw Little Brothers spreading across the earth igniting little fires of love," he said. Today, in fulfillment of this vision, thousands of Little Brothers' volunteers bring love and service to elderly people. Our mission is being carried out in nine chapters in the U.S, and in eight other countries.

Little Brothers was brought to the United States in 1959, to Chicago. Chapters in Boston and Minneapolis followed, and this chapter, in Houghton County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, started its service 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.

Our New Home

On March 22, 1999 our local Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly Board of Directors approved the purchase of property in the city of Hancock to set in motion the organization's first ever Capital Campaign. Our campaign was very successful and we want to thank the community for all of their financial & volunteer support. We now occupy a super energy efficient building where we can provide more services and programs. Please stop by for a visit!


Calendar of Events

February 2015
5 MTU Snow Statue Tour
Valentine's Day Party
Food Bag Delivery Begins
18 New Volunteer Orientation
Scott's Matinee
Pasty Sale Fundraiser
Sixth Graders Game Day

March 2015
Friends Without Borders
Food Bag Delivery Begins

New Volunteer Orientation

Scott's Matinee

We have a coffee clutch open to the public every Thursday at 9:30 am at our office in Hancock.