Northwest Indiana

Bringing friendship and connection to elders in Chesterton, Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Highland, Hobart, Merrillville, Munster, Schererville, Valparaiso and Whiting.  

In 2012, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) expanded to serve Northwest Indiana elders living without friends and family. Today, elders in nearby Northwest Indiana experience the same life-changing friendship, outreach, programs and services as our Chicago elders do. 

Who are our elders?

We welcome women and men, 70 and older, from every walk of life who are aging without the support of family and friends. The average age of our elders is 82. Thirty-eight percent rely on a walker or wheelchair to get around. And just over half could not count on having more than two social interactions lasting longer than 30 minutes in a month without LBFE.

How we serve

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly serves more than 50 Northwest Indiana elders with the help of nearly 70 volunteers from the community. Together, elders and volunteers do all the same things friends enjoy — sharing conversation during a visit or going out to lunch. Through this connection, our elders know they’re surrounded by friendship and opportunities to socialize, which can be life-changing.