Inside Stories

A Poetry Promise

“He told me his greatest fear was that his poems would be put out in the alley after he died,” Little Brothers volunteer Janet said about her friend Jim. Now that Jim has passed away, Janet carries a special mission: sharing Jim’s poetry. When Janet and her son Jacopo delivered a Christmas present to elder Jim, they didn’t know they were starting a beautiful friendship. Janet…

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Checking on Elderly Neighbors in the Extreme Cold

The Chicago area is currently experiencing extremely cold weather. Temperatures this cold are potentially dangerous, particularly for elders. It’s important to make sure your elderly friends, neighbors and family members are safe in the cold. Give them a call, or a quick visit to check in. When temperatures become hazardous, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly checks in with approximately…

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Elder Story: Virginia

“I’m the kind of person that if you offer me the choice to stay or go, I’m going!” says Virginia, age 92. She likes to get out, and happily, Little Brothers offers her many chances to go out and do   things with other people. She’s spent holidays with Little Brothers, attended luncheons, gone on vacations, and regularly talks on the phone and spends time with…

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El Dia de los Muertos at Little Brothers

“We’d be laughing ‘til our feet kicked,” Volunteer Program Assistant Jasmine remembered, lighting a candle for her elder friend, Ruth. “I never knew I could feel so much joy with one person.”  The Candle Lighting and Sharing of Memories is the central portion of our annual Day of the Dead service. Anyone may come up and light a candle on the ofrenda and share…

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Elders Reflect on 4000 Miles

When playwright Amy Herzog created the character of Vera Joseph, an elderly left-wing New Yorker living in Greenwich Village, she wasn’t drawing her out of thin air. Vera is based closely on Herzog’s grandmother. Herzog wrote a complex character, not a generic “grandmother.” In the program for the Studio Theatre’s original production of her play, 4000 Miles, she wrote…

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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.

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