Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Nature and Purpose
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is a non-profit, non-sectarian volunteer-based organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness often experienced among the elderly. Originating in France in 1946, LBFE was founded on the philosophy of "flowers before bread" - of nurturing the spirit as well as the body. "Flowers before bread" expresses the concept of meeting basic human needs in the spirit of friendship and celebration; we give love as well as food and services. The elderly we serve are not "clients," but "old friends." LBFE will be accepting 15 PULSE students into their program this year.
- Each PULSE student will be matched with one elder and will be responsible for visiting that elder for 3 to 4 hours each week throughout the academic year. In addition, each PULSE student will be required to spend 4 hours, either one afternoon or morning per week, at the Little Brothers office. During this time, students will be involved with the following LBFE programs:
- On-Call: Assist elderly folks with medical transportation, delivering emergency food packages and or emergency food shopping.
- Family of Friends: Visit other elders involved in Family of Friendship Program- those elders most needy of Little Brothers friendship and services.
- Special Events: Assist staff in conducting special events: Saturday luncheons, holiday parties, and breakfasts.
- Telephone Reassurance: Make weekly calls to assigned elders, up to 10 per week.
- Attend/co-host events which take place during PULSE students' office hours.