Friendly Visiting and Friendly VOICES

Older New Yorkers who feel isolated can connect with a peer to talk about shared interests. Provided by Department for the Aging (DFTA) and Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health.

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What it is

If you’re an older adult feeling isolated or lonely, experiencing depression or anxiety, or just looking to talk to someone, the Friendly Programs can help.

Friendly Visiting is a program for homebound older adults who have ongoing health challenges that make it difficult for them to go out.

You can get paired with a volunteer visitor or peer who is close to your age. A volunteer can visit you in your home to talk about shared interests and experiences. You may also join a virtual group to talk with others.

Friendly VOICES is a program for older adults who are isolated for other reasons (such as COVID-19).

You’ll be matched with a volunteer whom you can keep in touch by phone or video calls. You also have the option to join a virtual group or be matched with a peer close to your age.

Who it’s for

The Friendly Programs are open to older adults.



How to get in touch

Call AGING Connect at 212-244-6469 and ask about the Friendly Programs.

Fill out the interest form to enroll in Friendly VOICES. You’ll be contacted with next steps.

Other ways to get help

Learn more online from the Department for the Aging