Core Programs

Programs and Services

Friendly Visiting

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, please email Sarah Hoffman, Elder Services Coordinator at or call 906-482-6944. If you’re in the Marquette area, please email April Cote, Program Manager at or call 906-273-2575.

Medical Transportation

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 email Madeleine Lusty, Transportation Coordinator at or call 906-482-6944.

Firewood Program

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 email Debby Hart, Supplemental Firewood Coordinator at or call 906-482-6944.

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, Mohawk, Ontonagon, Baraga, and Marquette.

Our two Home Meal Delivery Sites are in Houghton and Calumet

For more information or to receive an invitation, please email Kara Paavilainen, Activities Coordinator at or call 906-482-6944. If you’re in the Marquette area, please email April Cote, Program Manager at or call 906-273-2575.

Social Activities

We provide our Forever Friends with numerous social activities throughout the year both on-site and at venues in the community. 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. Please visit our calendar for our current events.

These events are reserved for our elderly Forever Friends. Not all activities are available in all counties.

Expanded Service Areas in Baraga, Marquette, and Ontonagon

Inspired by our founder Armand Marquiset’s desire to “spread across the earth igniting little fires of love,” we are now providing our signature Friendly Visiting Program in addition to hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meals in our neighboring counties. Please note that not all services are available in all locations. For more information about expanded services, contact Carol Korpela, Program Director at

Marquette Satellite Office:
1716 Presque Isle Avenue, Suite 2
Marquette, MI 49855
Program Manager, April Cote
Volunteer Coordinator, Andrea Harvey

Ontonagon Service Location:
300 Lake Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953