Our Story

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.

Our Motto

“Flowers before bread” is our founder Armand Marquiset’s motto. It expresses his philosophy that everyone needs love and friendship in their life. It is the human touch that makes life worth living.

Our motto “where service to the elderly begins by being a friend”reminds us that the most important gift we bring when we knock on the door is the gift of friendship. With every service we provide and with every gesture that we do, we do it in the spirit of friendship.

Our services are all free of charge to the elderly.

 

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 jbeck.hou@littlebrothers.org

Fiscal Year 2016 Service Statistics

(October 1, 2015 to September 30th, 2016)

LB utilized between 1,300-1,400 volunteers who served more than 1,300 elderly residents with one or more of the following services in our 5-county region (Baraga, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Marquette counties).

Visits and Advocacy

3,129 Visits Made by Staff and Volunteers

201 Elders Received Visits

Social Activities

Throughout the year we offered more than 2,000 elder interactions including:

Birthday & small holiday parties

Summer Picnics and Other Summer Outings

Mother’s and Father’s Day Parties

Winter Activities

Scott’s Matinee Monthly Movie Day

Intergenerational Activities with Local Schoolchildren

Friends Without Borders

Holiday Activities

It takes nearly 400 volunteers to prepare and serve each of our festive holiday meals and throughout the western Upper Peninsula. We transport the elderly to our sites deliver meals to the homebound.

1,277 Thanksgiving Day Dinner to Elderly Guests and Volunteers

1,158 Christmas Day Dinner to Elderly Guests and Volunteers

1,219 Easter Day Dinners to Elderly Guests and Volunteers

200 Christmas Food Boxes Delivered

180 Special Christmas Gifts Delivered

Direct Services

78 elderly residents received 138 loads of firewood

909 Food Bags Prepared & Delivered

1,467 Trips to Medical Facilities