Human Services

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly

aka Little Brothers

Jamaica Plain, MA


Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a nonsectarian, nonprofit volunteer-based organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer, to people of good will, the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Nikki Therrien

Main Address

3305 Washington Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 USA


compassion, friendship, companionship, service, free





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Ambulance/Emergency Transport (E62)

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After an evaluation of our programs, Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly did an overhaul of our services and changed our core service delivery model. Because of the number of Friendly Visiting programs in Boston, we are focusing our efforts on community building and isolation/loneliness prevention.

Our major goal for the future is to build community partnerships with local organizations, local government officials, schools, and neighbors. By creating opportunities to interact with peers and volunteers of all ages, we are building community and preventing loneliness.

Our organization is in a transitional phase, with new staff, administration and board members. We are increasing our footprint though PR/marketing, speaking to more people and corporations about our organization to increase donations and sponsorship.In regards to programs, we have a new internal structure that allows for higher level, long term planning. Our Program Manager is actively seeking new community partnerships to better serve our changing population of elders.

We will know success by the number of corporations involved in our work (through matched gifts, sponsorship, volunteerism). We will closely monitor the success of our fundraising campaigns, and the number of new partners and donors acquired in the coming years. For programs, we will see progress in the number of community partners engaged with Little Brothers, how many new City Sites we will have following last year's pilot program, the number of elders served with all programs. We will know that we are attracting more elders by updating our programs if our program enrollment increases, number of referrals increase, and the number of repeat new beneficiaries.

We have completed a program evaluation and expansion research study. From this field research, we learned that elders are seeking community involvement, and opportunities to engage with peers and volunteers closer to home. We have taken a critical look at our programs and cut back on the resource intensive programs that serve few people, and created new programs that will address the social and emotional needs of even more elders. We are still looking for creative ways to engage volunteers with elders in their communities. We believe the future of Little Brothers is in building communities in different neighborhoods, enabling elders to feel safe, and that they have people they can rely on.

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Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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