Programs

Programs Programs

Intergenerational CitySites

In partnership with service-learning and community engagement programs at several Boston colleges and universities, we offer weekly intergenerational activities in senior housing, adult day programs, and senior centers.

Digital Dividends

Classes of 10-15 adults in public senior housing are given laptops and six-months of internet connectivity free of charge along with weekly training provided by college students from our partner organizations. Digital Dividends was born from the COVID19 pandemic and aims to close the digital divide for low-income older adults.

Creative Connections

Many older adults living in public/affordable housing face barriers (logistical, economic, and linguistic/cultural) to accessing arts training. Through Creative Connections, LBFE-Boston seeks to overcome these barriers by bringing arts instruction to residents where they live, free of charge; providing materials and supplies; and offering linguistically and culturally informed content. 

Community Connections

We support one-time and short-term opportunities for intergenerational engagement. Previous examples include multi-week art courses, ice cream socials, and ongoing partnerships with schools and nearby assisted living facilities.

Luncheons

Each summer LBFE hosts two picnics at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline for older adults and volunteers to spend time in good company. Additionally, LBFE hosts a large Thanksgiving Day luncheon for nearly 200 older adults and volunteers and a smaller Winter Holiday luncheon in December. Due to the pandemic, the holiday luncheon programs are cancelled for 2021.

Meet our friends

Meet My Friend, Mercedes
Meet My Friend, Mercedes
Mercedes is a 75 year old woman who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. After many years living in the Dominican Republic, Mercedes moved to Boston where she has been living for more than 10 years. As a child, Mercedes loved to play games with other children such as doll games and hide […]
Meet My Friend, Lillian
Meet My Friend, Lillian
  You may have met Lillian during our Friends on the Harbor gala in 2021 during our special video messages from the CitySites participants at Farnsworth House in Jamaica Plain. She has been joining our programs there for the past few years. Last winter she worked with our student volunteer, Gabi, to write her memoir […]
Meet My Friend, Barney
Meet My Friend, Barney
Barney is originally from Kenya and has been in Boston for 20 years. He retired from being an attendant in a parking garage where he enjoyed meeting many different people. Engaging and friendly, he’s excellent at greeting people. Barney lives on his own in Mission Hill, has a brother he sees from time to time […]
Meet My Friend, Beatrice
Meet My Friend, Beatrice
Beatrice believes in family, friends and fellowship. “How could I not? My parents had 13 kids.” She grew up in North Carolina, finished high school in the 1950’s and moved to Boston with one of her sisters. “There were fewer jobs and more prejudice down there, so we came up here for better opportunities. We […]
Meet My Friend, Victoria
Meet My Friend, Victoria
Victoria Shea, Boston College PULSE CitySites Team Leader Hi everyone! My name is Victoria Shea. I am currently a sophomore at Boston College and am originally from Santiago, Chile. I serve as Team Leader at St. Cecilia’s Virtual CitySite and as a student participant at the 2Life Learn to Zoom Virtual CitySite. At St. Cecilia’s […]
Meet My Friend, Jenise
Meet My Friend, Jenise
Jenise Chung, Boston College PULSE CitySites Team Leader Morville House My name is Jenise Chung and I’m currently a sophomore at Boston College studying finance, business analytics, and computer science. I’m affiliated with Little Brothers through our PULSE program and served at Morville House for the past year. Overall, it has been such a life-changing […]
Meet My Friend, Louise
Meet My Friend, Louise
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending an LBFE summer cookout or holiday party, chances are you have met our friend, Louise. A self proclaimed social butterfly and extrovert, Louise loves to meet new people. Her approach to life is to treat everyone with kindness. Always an entertainer, the past 14 months have been […]
Meet My Friend, Eric
Meet My Friend, Eric
Eric Zhou, Boston College PULSE CitySites Team Leader My name is Eric Zhou, a Junior at Boston College studying Computer Science. I serve at Grove Hall Bingo and am a Team Leader at the Grove Hall Tech Cafe, our goal is to solve technical problems that the Grove Hall members have and also to have […]
Meet My Friend, Albertha
Meet My Friend, Albertha
Ms. A has always believed in the best. That was why at age 16 she came to the United States from the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Her commitment to the best worked. She was happily married at age 18, bought a house in Roxbury, raised three children and worked the night shift in a bank […]
Meet My Friends, Alex and Sofia
Meet My Friends, Alex and Sofia
Alex Jarecki, Northeastern University Co-op I’m 20 years old and originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’m a third year at Northeastern University pursuing a combined degree in Biology and Political Science. I’m also a part of the PlusOne Master’s Program, so I will be graduating in 2023 with an MA in Political Science. In my […]