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Spring is Coming: The Healthy Benefits of Walking

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The start of Spring brings warm air and sunshine- a welcome change after a long and cold winter. As the weather improves, we begin to see more people outside, participating in activities they enjoy. Something as simple as a walk around the block can be beneficial for everyone, especially the elderly! Exercise allows people of [...] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Get Walking!


Dear FriendshipWorks: My elder friend Margaret and I often spend our time sitting in her apartment chatting. Margaret told me recently that she is becoming increasingly hesitant to leave her apartment alone due to a fear of falling. Do you have some ideas about things I can do to get her out of her apartment [...] Read more »

Retirees are Changing Lives by Volunteering

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FriendshipWorks was inspired by the idea that “your neighbor’s independence depends on you.” Our volunteers deliver the necessary services that ensure isolated elders living in our neighborhoods can age with peace of mind and dignity. Some of our most dedicated and longest serving volunteers are retired men and women. I sat down with Zippy Ostroy, [...] Read more »

Public Hearing on Human Services


FriendshipWorks’ Speaks at Public Hearing at New Mayor’s Transition Team on Human Services On January 11th, 2014 FriendshipWorks spoke on behalf of Boston’s elderly at the open hearing attended by the city’s Human Services transition team, 60 community agencies and Mayor Walsh’s new Commissioner Appointees. Boston’s Human Services team is a “set of departments that [...] Read more »

Take Action! Meet Your 2014 Goals

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The month of January is often filled with plans for self-improvement: weight loss, exercise, and getting organized are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. While many of us start out with good intentions to make a change, we can get discouraged by slow progress or get distracted by other things. You may find [...] Read more »

When We Give, We Receive


If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap. If you want happiness for a day—go fishing. If you want happiness for a month—get married. If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime—help someone else. ~Chinese proverb A hug is a special gift—when you give one, you [...] Read more »

The Perfect Present


Giving Gifts that Keep on Giving Recently, FriendshipWorks Director of Volunteer Programs, Lois Lord Waller, reflected on the most meaningful Christmas gifts reminding all of us that when we give to others we receive. There are six in our family who exchange gifts each Christmas, and we all enjoy trying to find the perfect present. This [...] Read more »

More Than Just a Helping Hand

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 ”I’ve never been more happy!  Bless this company!  I don’t know where you came from but there’s nothing else like it seeing someone coming into your home to help out older people!”  These words were spoken by a 77 year old woman out of Roxbury, Massachusetts during a monthly check in call from a Friendly [...] Read more »

The Heart of FriendshipWorks


“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” ~James Boswell The Heart of FriendshipWorks By Christy Waybright [...] Read more »

Matching Elderly Neighbors with Volunteer Caregivers


PROGRAM REPLICATION AT FRIENDSHIPWORKS: Matching Elderly Neighbors In-Need with Volunteer Caregivers in Boston and BEYOND By Christy Waybright In 2014, FriendshipWorks will celebrate 30 years of matching Boston’s elders with trained and committed volunteers. We were one of the original 25 interfaith volunteer caregiver pilot programs seed-funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Today, there [...] Read more »