Friendly Faces Visiting Program
The Friendly Faces Program pairs trained volunteers with nursing home residents with MS for companionship and emotional support. Visitors and residents are matched based on similar interests, hobbies, or desires. Participants are encouraged to take part in mutually enjoyable activities, such as reading, arts and crafts, games, or other pastimes. Friendly Faces Visitors are not expected to provide health care or transportation services. They are there to offer support and friendship.
What is a Friendly Faces Visitor?
Friendly Faces Visitors are remarkable individuals who recognize that by making a bi-weekly visit to a nursing home resident with MS, they can help change a life. A Friendly Faces Visitor is assigned to a resident for 3 months. At the end of that time, the program is evaluated and the service is complete. Further services can be requested if needed. Friendly Faces Visitors will receive comprehensive training before the initial visit and continued support as needed throughout the program.
What is expected of a Friendly Visitor?
- Make a one year commitment to the Friendly Faces Visiting Program
- Complete application and background check
- A one hour bi- weekly visit commitment for a minimum of three months
- Have MS for at least two years or have a family member with MS for at least two years
- Participation in regular training sessions
- Have a warm and caring personality
To request services or if you are interested in being a valuable and much treasured volunteer of the National MS Society-Georgia Chapter in your area, contact the Georgia Chapter Programs Department at 1-800-344-4867 or by email