Neighborhood Friendly Visitor Program

Program Description

The Neighborhood Friendly Visitor Program (NFVP) is a community-based program that provides weekly visitors to isolated elders and disabled adults in Rhode Island regardless of race, color, or creed. NFVP was developed in 1978, funded by the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs and administered by the Diocese of Providence.

A Friendly Visitor is a volunteer who checks in with an elder or disabled adult in their community to provide a social outlet and offer a connection to the community. Friendly Visitors check in about once a week via telephone or face to face for about an hour. Visits can include reading, writing letters, playing cards, and enjoying conversation.


  • Support and friendship, through face to face visits and telephone calls, keeping folks connected to their community and easing the isolation elders and disabled people often feel.


  • Any elder (60+ years) or disabled adult that is homebound or residing in any elderly care facility is eligible for this program. There are no income guidelines and there is no fee for this service. Friendly Visitor volunteers are available state-wide. Volunteers have supplied personnel references and passed a background check through the Office of the Attorney General.

Contact Info

One Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903

About Diocese of Providence

The Diocese of Providence is a geographic delineation for a community of hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics. In 2011, Diocesan outreach programs served more than 325,375 individuals in Rhode Island through its various hospitals ... MORE