We alleviate isolation and loneliness among Chicago’s elders.
Friendship relieves loneliness. Through reliable connection and engaging programs, LBFE brings vital friendship into the lives of 1,000 Chicago men and women who are aging alone.
We make a lifelong commitment of friendship to our elders.
When an elder becomes a participant of the LBFE family, they have a friend for life. The LBFE family becomes our elders’ family. For our elders, being connected to caring friends and essential programs and services, always at no cost, dramatically impacts the emotional landscape and quality of life.
Parties & Celebrations
Every month, we provide festive opportunities for elders to celebrate and enjoy surrounded by friends.
Everyone deserves a refresher. In the summer, Chicago’s elders escape the city or relax during a staycation.
Our monthly and weekly clubs, like Thursday morning Coffee Club, keep our elders connected and engaged.
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
All of our programs and services, always provided at no cost, are designed to remind Chicago’s older adults that they are not forgotten and not alone. Through our programs, participants are able to make lasting, meaningful friendships with each other, volunteers and staff. And through our social work services, men and women are supported and empowered in making important life decisions.