About Us

Great Neighbors initiative

 

The Great Neighbors program is a new experience to promote multigenerational relations and an increased sense of community. The program is designed around a web-based tool and is flexible to provide individuals the opportunity to structure their experience based on their time, abilities, and preferences.

 

Origin

 

Great Neighbors is a project created by les petits frères des Pauvres in France with the goal of establishing friendly relationships between older adults and their neighbors, to combat isolation and loneliness. The project called Voisin-Age is an innovative way of building social networks and position older adults at the heart of the community.

 

Les petits frères des Pauvres has driven the development of this project among members of the International Federation , to which the Chicago Chapter is a member, as an innovative response to the problem of isolation and loneliness of older adults.

 

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter

 

Since 1959, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter’s mission, philosophy, programs and activities remain focused on alleviating loneliness among elders. The need for social interaction is critical to the human spirit—we believe that nurturing the soul is as important as feeding the body.
Great Neighbors complements the traditional programs offered by LBFE and creates an opportunity to encourage friendships in the community with individuals who choose to not participate in the existing LBFE service delivery model.