Senior Companions are healthy older adults who help homebound or isolated fellow seniors live independently. Services include friendly visiting, shopping assistance, escort to a doctor’s appointment or other community activity, help with obtaining services such as access-a-ride and meals on wheels, and most importantly, friendship and companionship.

Sponsored by Henry Street Settlement and funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Senior Companion Program is available in all of New York City’s five boroughs.

If interested, contact:

Debby Lowenstein
Program Director
Phone: 212.477.0455

Senior Companions:

Are at least 55 years old
Can use mass transit
Volunteer between 15 and 40 hours weekly
May qualify for a tax-free stipend and paid time off
Receive transportation reimbursement
Are covered by accident and liability insurance while in the field
Participate in training sessions tailored to the needs and interests of older adults

Senior Companion services include:

Friendly Visiting
Light Errands
Meal Planning
Medication Reminders
Caregiver Respite
Medical Escort