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Mon Jan 08, 2018 - Fri Jun 08, 2018


665 Seward NWGrand Rapids, MI 49504
Promoting Friendship Through Wellness


Meaningful relationships with others are vital to our health, self-esteem and longevity. Loneliness increases physical and mental deterioration, which can lead to feelings of being discouraged, depressed, and even losing the desire to live.

The EncourAge(r) Program offers a supportive social structure of trained volunteers, called Visiting Friends, who provide positive interactions to socially isolated adults, called Hosts. Through regular home and telephone visits, the EncourAge Program and its Visiting Friends address the unmet social needs of the Host.

As a Visiting Friend, you will be trained and matched with a socially isolated senior based on common interests and needs. Visiting Friends provide a link to the community for Hosts who might otherwise have very limited social interaction. Visiting Friends will meet with their Host regularly throughout the year to form a friendship and provide companionship.

The Visiting Friend role is flexible. There is not a right or wrong way to be a friend. Listen and share stories to create a bond and to discover a wealth of wisdom, humor, guidance and inspiration. Empower your Host to help improve their physical and mental well-being and self-esteem. Be the person that your Host can count on and look forward to seeing. The Visiting Friend role provides a great source of satisfaction, enjoyment and fun for both the Visiting Friend and the Host.


  • Elder care
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One year commitment is suggested but not required
  • The Visiting Friend must be 18 years of age or older and pass a criminal background check.

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