Little Brothers was founded after World War II by Armand Marquiset, a French nobleman, in response to the poverty suffered by many elders. Stripped of family and resources by the war, these elderly persons had no one to turn to for help. Little Brothers was created to offer that help.
Little Brothers – Philadelphia began in 1990. It has been working with persons seventy and over who are without the benefit of family or adequate social contacts. Priority is given to elders living independently at, or below, the poverty line. Programs are offered without charge and without regard to race, gender, creed, nationality, or sexual orientation.
Since opening our Philadelphia doors we have been working to improve the lives of elders in need, offering emotional and physical support. With a small staff and a dedicated crew of volunteers, we reach out to our elderly neighbors to provide companionship, support and caring. Our goal is to help these elders maintain their independence while helping them feel connected to a larger community.
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a 501(c)(3) organization – all gifts are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. We are not a government sponsored or United Way agency: all funds are raised from individual donors, volunteers, and with foundation and corporate help.