About us

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.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a national non-sectarian, 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.

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.

Our motto, flowers before bread, reflects our belief that living is more than a roof over our heads and food on the table. In addition to offering material and physical support, we believe that living requires the presence of people who care about us and about whom we care.  Living requires the little touches that bring joy, like flowers, music and shared laughter. Flowers before bread is the cornerstone of all of our year round programs.