Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is a national network of non-profit, volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
Mary "Yogi" Wess
"The mission of Little Brothers–Friends of the Elderly is what attracted me to the organization thirty five years ago and it is because of the simplicity, strength and beauty of the mission that I remain devoted to the organization."
Yogi first volunteered for LBFE in 1977 after having received her associate degree in Human Services from Northern Kentucky University. Not quite sure what she wanted to do with her life, Yogi responded to a need for young interns at LBFE in Chicago. She worked in Chicago for the next five years, serving the elderly in some of the most economically depressed parts of the Windy City. While in Chicago she met another LBFE volunteer, Randy Yauss, who later became her husband.
Yogi and Randy returned to Cincinnati in 1985 where she returned to school to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. In 1989 the couple began doing the work of LBFE, becoming a "Friends of the LBFE group" in 1995 and an expansion site of the national office in 2002, ultimately leading to an independent chapter in 2009. Yogi became Executive Director in 2002, a role she continues to hold today. She is the proud mother of two daughters, Clare and Lucy.
Elderly Services Coordinator
"I have loved working for Little Brothers because of all the wonderful elderly and volunteers I have met over the years; and because it has a clear mission that can be carried out simply and directly with little bureaucracy."
Randy joined Little Brothers in 1979 in Chicago and immediately fell in love with their mission and motto "flowers before bread." He married a Little Brother (Yogi Wess) who he met in Chicago in 1982 and who was also from Cincinnati. They worked for LBFE and lived in a group home for developmentally disabled men until 1989 when they returned to Cincinnati. Randy has a BA degree in Social Work from Thomas More College and worked in Adult Protective Services in Clermont County from 1991 until they opened LBFE in Cincinnati in 1997. He has been with LBFE since then as director and presently serves as elderly services coordinator.
Elderly Services Program Assistant
“I have had nothing but good experiences with Little Brothers. The staff, volunteers and elderly are welcoming and warm to someone so new to them. I feel comfortable in the role that I am in and look forward to continuing to build on what I have started here.”
Ricky Snow joined the staff of LBFE Elderly Services Program Assistant in September 2015. He is responsible for visiting elderly, performing assessments and on-calls, working at elder events quarterly birthday parties and other duties as needed.
Ricky, who became involved with LBFE as a volunteer in 2006, is a graduate of Thomas More College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and an Associate’s degree in Biology and Psychology.