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Become a Pen Pal 

Write a letter to a senior to brighten their day. You’ll create a meaningful connection that can put a stop to loneliness, and you may even make a friend for life.

How it Works

Our pen pal program connects you with a senior to spread joy and help prevent senior social isolation and loneliness. Read our FAQs for more details.

  1. Write a Letter

    Enter your letter in the form below. You can even add a photo to help put a face to your kind words.

  2. We Handle Delivery

    Skip the stamps! After you click the submit button below, we’ll deliver your letter to our review team. Each letter is screened for safety and security before sending to a senior.

  3. Stay Connected

    Enter your email or mailing address below to keep in touch with your pen pal.

Get Started

Write Your Letter

Enter your letter in the form below, or upload a handwritten letter using the image upload button. You can even add a photo to help put a face to your kind words.

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Upload an Image (Optional)

JPEG or PNG. Maximum size 2MB. Horizontal photos recommended.

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Home Instead® partners with seniors and organizations who support seniors to distribute letters to older adults. The identity of the senior you are writing to will be revealed only if you request a response letter and the senior chooses to respond with his or her name.
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Would you like to get a letter?


Older adults age 65+ can request a pen pal letter by filling out our simple online form.
Request a Letter