What We Do

Since 1979 LBFE Boston's nonprofit mission has been to help relieve isolation and loneliness among our older neighbors. By connecting residents of affordable & public housing with local college students, we facilitate lasting intergenerational friendships through weekly social, educational, creative, and technology programs.

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Impact

  • Nearly 1000 older adults served every year
  • 17 Intergenerational CitySites program locations across Boston
  • 9 university partners
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19 hours ago
LBFE Boston - Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

This is what intergenerational friendships are all about! Creating connections, community & joyful days with one another!

Help Support Our Mission to End Loneliness & Isolation Among Older Adults in all of Boston's Neighborhoods 🙂 givebutter.com/facebook22

#sundayinspiration #equityinaging #olderadults #endsocialisolation #socialengagement #endloneliness #youngeradults #intergenerational #community #connections #friendships #boston #nonprofit #reframeaging > #elderly #seniorcitizens

Ricardo Arroyo
D7 Councilor Tania Anderson
Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn
Brian Worrell
Councilor Kendra Lara - District 6
Kenzie Bok
Boston City Councilor Liz Breadon
Boston City Councilor Gabriela Coletta
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#facetofacefriday This week, meet Rosemary McAndrew who joined LBFE as a Director in 2019 after volunteering for more than 15 years. She brings experience serving in various board positions of professional, commercial, and non-profit organizations. Her interest in LBFE is an extension of her upbringing in a family where intergenerational gatherings were the heart of the family. You are an essential part of our team, Rosemary, and we're so lucky to have you!

Rosemary earned a Ph.D. from Northeastern University with a focus on elder care law and policy. She has been published internationally on the topic of avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents. Select research-related experiences include examining business models, economic drivers, and quality indicators in the approach to the care of people in the home setting as part of HCCI’s Home-Based Primary Care course curriculum, being selected as a panel member presenting “Moving & Scaling Home-Based Primary Care” at a GIH National conference, and having served on the Advisory Board for the NIH-funded “Home-Based Primary Care for Homebound Seniors Trial” at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NY.

She is a risk management executive and principal of MRM, Inc. of Boston, a consulting firm specializing in risk and insurance management, alternative risk financing, self-insurance, reinsurance, captives, and other risk financing models.

#equityinaging #dei #olderadults #socialengagement #endsocialisolation #endloneliness #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #nonprofitboard #nonprofitleadership #development #boston #reframeaging > #seniorcitizens #seniors #elderly
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#facetofacefriday This week, meet Rosemary McAndrew who joined LBFE as a Director in 2019 after volunteering for more than 15 years. She brings experience serving in various board positions of professional, commercial, and non-profit organizations. Her interest in LBFE is an extension of her upbringing in a family where intergenerational gatherings were the heart of the family. You are an essential part of our team, Rosemary, and were so lucky to have you! 

Rosemary earned a Ph.D. from Northeastern University with a focus on elder care law and policy. She has been published internationally on the topic of avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents. Select research-related experiences include examining business models, economic drivers, and quality indicators in the approach to the care of people in the home setting as part of HCCI’s Home-Based Primary Care course curriculum, being selected as a panel member presenting “Moving & Scaling Home-Based Primary Care” at a GIH National conference, and having served on the Advisory Board for the NIH-funded “Home-Based Primary Care for Homebound Seniors Trial” at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NY. 

She is a risk management executive and principal of MRM, Inc. of Boston, a consulting firm specializing in risk and insurance management, alternative risk financing, self-insurance, reinsurance, captives, and other risk financing models.

#equityinaging #dei #olderadults #socialengagement #endsocialisolation #endloneliness #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #nonprofitboard #nonprofitleadership #development #boston #reframeaging > #seniorcitizens #seniors #elderly

#digitaldividendsday Staying connected to family and friends is essential for everyone, regardless of age! And this is one of the many benefits of our Digital Dividends program.

Thanks to our community partners Boston Housing Authority's Hassan Apartments, Ethos and Age Strong, we practiced sending and replying to each others' emails in class. And now Donna can email her son in Haiti! We also learned how to clean up our inboxes by deleting emails!

Support our Mission to End the Digital Divide: givebutter.com/facebook22

Ricardo Arroyo, News around Dorchester, Dorchester Reporter, Dorchester, Boston #digitaldividendsday #DigitalEquity #DigitalDivide #digitalliteracy #technology #techaccess #techtraining #techadoption #equityinaging #olderadults #socialengagement #learning #boston #endloneliness #endisolation #endageism #community #reframeaging > #seniorcitizens #elderly
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#digitaldividendsday Staying connected to family and friends is essential for everyone, regardless of age! And this is one of the many benefits of our Digital Dividends program.  

Thanks to our community partners Boston Housing Authoritys Hassan Apartments, Ethos and Age Strong, we practiced sending and replying to each others emails in class. And now Donna can email her son in Haiti! We also learned how to clean up our inboxes by deleting emails!   

Support our Mission to End the Digital Divide: https://givebutter.com/facebook22

Ricardo Arroyo, News around Dorchester, Dorchester Reporter, Dorchester, Boston #digitaldividendsday #DigitalEquity #DigitalDivide #digitalliteracy #technology #techaccess #techtraining #techadoption #equityinaging #olderadults #socialengagement #learning #boston #endloneliness #endisolation #endageism #community #reframeaging > #seniorcitizens #elderly

We are busy creating beautiful pieces of art at community partner Retirement Housing Foundation Symphony Plaza East! One of our older adult participants even painted two gorgeous prints (top left) that we will be auctioning off at our LBFE Boston | Friends on the Harbor Annual Gala!

Support our Mission to End Loneliness Among Older Adults! givebutter.com/facebook22

D7 Councilor Tania Anderson
What's up in Boston
Back Bay Patch
The Boston Guardian

#equityinaging #olderadults #endsocialisolation #socialengagement #endloneliness #youngeradults #intergenerational #community #connections #friendships #boston #arts #nonprofit
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Thank you to Silicon Valley Bank who has joined our LBFE Boston | Friends on the Harbor Annual Gala as a First-Mate Sponsor!

The essential intergenerational work of our organization could not happen without the generosity of businesses like yours! It’s not too late for your business, to sponsor, attend, or donate too!

More details: lbfeboston.org/friends-on-the-harbor-2022/

#community #bostonevents #sponsor #help #gala #donations #charity #programming #development #fundraising #svb #equityinaging #reframeaging #seniorcitizens
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Thank you to Silicon Valley Bank who has joined our LBFE Boston | Friends on the Harbor Annual Gala as a First-Mate Sponsor! 

The essential intergenerational work of our organization could not happen without the generosity of businesses like yours! It’s not too late for your business, to sponsor, attend, or donate too! 

More details: https://lbfeboston.org/friends-on-the-harbor-2022/

#community #bostonevents #sponsor #help #gala #donations #charity #programming #development #fundraising #svb #equityinaging #reframeaging #seniorcitizens

2022 Friends on the Harbor Sponsors

Abcd
Seniors Helping Seniors
Supporting Strategies
Smith Sullivan & Brown
Central Boston Elder Services
Brookline Bank
Stratos Consulting
Enbridge

We are proud to be one of 140 Cumming Foundation 2022 grant winners!

From the Community

"When 5:00 comes it’s like “what?! it’s over?!” I wish [the students] could stay longer! "
- Michelle
"It’s fun to start conversations and learn from the seniors"
- Gaetan
"I truly enjoy the students. I like hearing about them, and we all share our stories."
- Marion
"It’s beneficial, especially to that type of person that might not come out on their own to socialize. I might have been one of those people myself."
- Bob