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La Cadena de Amistad

La Cadena de Amistad serves elderly and disabled Spanish-speakers in the Jamaica Plain area. Our volunteers strive to reduce the isolation that many Spanish-speaking elders feel due to old age and frailty. La Cadena de Amistad services include Friendly Visiting, Medical Escort, and Friendly Helpers.

La Cadena Picnic where volunteers and elders socialized

Why La Cadena de Amistad?

A special emphasis of the program is assisting Spanish-speaking elders in accessing the health care system. Many Spanish-speaking elders become discouraged by the health care system due to the language and cultural barriers that they face. Some have given up on medical care entirely. For them, our volunteers may serve as a translator and advocate, as well as a friend, during what can be a vulnerable and intimidating time.

“[I visit] a feisty, smart woman with a wonderful smile and a great sense of humor. I’ve come to view her as a grandmother.”-a quote from Friendly Visitor Maryfaith

How It Works?

La Cadena de Amistad gives over 4,800 hours of service annually to Latinos in Boston and Brookline.  FriendshipWorks’ La Cadena de Amistad office is located at the Sherrill House nursing home. Volunteers provide our Friendly Visiting, Medical Escort, and Friendly Helpers services to both Spanish and English speakers in Jamaica Plain.

To volunteer with FriendshipWorks, please fill out our online volunteer application and identify your interest in La Cadena de Amistad or call our JP Office at 617-277-5248 for more information.

You can also email Lillyana at lhebbert@fw4elders.org directly if you have any questions about La Cadena Amistad.