How we Make a Difference

Madame Cafatsakis - Marie-Élaine Proulx - Marina Orsini - Rouge FM 2013_2

Little Brothers is my second family. When I’m with them, I feel like I belong.”

Mrs. Cafatsakis (center), one of our Elder Friends, on Rouge FM radio

 

 

 

HUMAN BEINGS: SOCIAL BY NATURE

Isolation triggers the same parts of the brain as physical pain. From an evolutionary standpoint, our prehistoric ancestors needed to band together to survive. Living in a tribe meant food, shelter and protection: being antisocial would have been a threat to their well-being.

Renowned researcher and public speaker Brené Brown has studied vulnerability, belonging and human interaction and concluded that our need for contact is more than an emotion: it’s hard-wired into our brains. We are designed to be with other people, and the presence or absence of social connection shapes our minds, bodies and experiences. [1]

 

175,000 hours logged by our volunteers every year

We have the immense good fortune to be surrounded by 1,900 people who give generously of their time to create special moments of togetherness for our Elder Friends. Their efforts make a world of difference in the lives of isolated seniors. But there are still many others out there who are lonely and in pain.

Montage-Bénévoles

30% of the senior population is at risk of social isolation [2]

Thousands of seniors in Quebec have lost all the important people in their lives. They are aging alone, with no joy, no hope and nothing to look forward to. In 20 years’ time, as the population continues to age, this sad reality will be twice as widespread.

That is why we need you to ACT NOW by volunteering or giving to Little Brothers.

 

At Little Brothers, we believe that every person is unique and deserving of our attention and love, no matter what their condition. Every person, at every age, should experience the positive effects of caring and companionship on their physical and mental health.

Lonely seniors who join the extended Little Brothers family join us for life.

 

 

WORKING TOGETHER TO PUT AN END TO SENIOR ISOLATION

093Thanks to our 1,900 volunteers and donors, our intergenerational family extends throughout the province – and continues to grow!.

As a family, we have a concrete impact on the lives of isolated seniors across Quebec through a wide range of services and programs.

By pooling their efforts, these kind, considerate people are helping to fight the harmful effects of isolation by being there for our Elder Friends.

 

 

Through these programs, we can give our Elder Friends the extended family they yearn for:

 

 

15,000+ visits from our volunteer companions

LONG-TERM PAIRING IS THE BEST WAY TO ALLEVIATE SOCIAL ISOLATION AMONG SENIORS

The close relationship between an Elder Friend and a volunteer companion shows them that they are important to someone – someone who is happy to spend time with them and take an interest in their life. Through home visits, phone calls, activities and thoughtful gestures of all kinds, it is possible to overcome their isolation – for good.

Just imagine what this attention means to a senior who is otherwise alone.

Mme Brissette, Vielle amie, à sa bénévole

“You bring me such joy when we’re together. It’s so heartwarming to know that someone appreciates my company.”

Mrs. Brissette, Elder Friend, in a message to her volunteer companion, Élyse, as printed in an article in Journal Métro

 

 

All it takes is one special person in your life to make you feel like you matter.
YOU CAN BE THAT PERSON FOR OUR ELDER FRIENDS! 

 

Without the support of our valued donors, our work would come to a standstill.

We count on the generosity of the general public, corporate donors and foundations to fund our operations. Government grants account for less than 5% of our total revenues.

The needs are multiple, complex and constantly growing: Your donation is a life-changing gift to lonely seniors.

 


 

 

REFERENCES

[1] Brené Brown, The Gift of Imperfection: http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Excerpt-The-Gifts-of-Imperfection-by-Dr-Brene-Brown

[2] Janice Keefe, Melissa Andrew, Pamela Fancey & Madelyn Hall. Final Report: A Profile of Social Isolation in Canada, 2015: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2006/keefe_social_isolation_final_report_may_2006.pdf

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