Family Friends

Connecting generations to strengthen children and families with special needs.

Family Friends is an intergenerational program that connects older adult volunteers who have experience, wisdom and time to share with children and families who may be feeling overwhelmed and isolated.
Our volunteers are recruited from the neighborhoods in which families live, are carefully screened, trained, and matched with compatible families.  Family Friends volunteers spend time each week with children so that their parents and grandparents can take a break.  We build lasting relationships and friendships.
The objectives of the program are to decrease caregiver stress and isolation, promote positive youth development, and increase the ability of families to access needed services and resources in the community.  These goals are met by offering a continuum of services including in-home support, respite trips for children and their families, special events for families, and social work services. Please contact Patience Lehrman, the Executive Director at or (215) 204-0266.

Pictures from the End of the Year 2017 Family Friends Luncheon:

Fostering Immigrant Integration photo


Supporting Children, Youth, and Families photo


 Building Community Capacity photo

Program Services:

  • Provide academic support by assisting students with their homework
  • Provide safety and supervision and make learning more fun through STEM, arts/craft, computers and  physical activates 
  • Tutoring and skill building via Temple University work study students assisting children in the core academic subjects. Tutor/ Student ratio of at least 1:4
  • Free or reduced rates for cultural and recreational trips and events