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About Alameda Friendly Visitors

In 2004, Alameda Friendly Visitors was created, making additional services available under the umbrella of Alameda Meals on Wheels.  It is now possible to offer a weekly 1-2 hour visit to Alameda's homebound individuals as well as those in nursing/care facilities.  At the heart of our service is companionship and the time spent together can vary depending on the recipient’s interests and mobility.  Oftentimes, visits are followed up with phone check-ins. Feelings of loneliness and isolation are replaced with a new friend, hope, and a visit to look forward to.

How It Works

  • Recipients are interviewed at home or in care center; needs are assessed and interests noted.
  • Volunteers are interviewed, trained and given a complete background check.
  • Program Director matches recipient with most compatible volunteer.
  • Weekly visits begin and a new friendship is formed.

What our recipients have to say . . .

My visitors are absolutely wonderful!  Their visit makes a big difference in my week.  We talk about families, our problems and the world.  This makes me feel like I am a part of the outside world.

My visitor is so loving and sweet.  She calls and checks in between visits.  Sometimes we go to lunch or shopping when she comes.  There are times I don’t see people for days, so I love to see her.


Need more information? Please call 510-748-0342 and speak with our program director, Jane Neal.