La Jolla Friendly Visitors

Sharing Experiences One Visit at a Time


Feelings of loneliness and isolation are replaced with hope and a visit to look forward to. Now we can offer food and friendship, which are key elements in sustaining the quality of life.

How the Program Works
  • Prospective clients are interviewed at home or in a care center; their needs are assessed and their interests are noted
  • Prospective volunteer visitors are interviewed, trained and screened via a background check
  • The Program Director matches the new client with the most compatible volunteer visitor
  • Weekly visits begin and a new friendship is formed
Candidates for friendly visits are not limited to those receiving meals by LJMOW. Any senior who can benefit from this program in the organization’s service area is eligible to apply for service at no cost. To enroll or for more information, please contact Program Director Jeanne Walsh at (858) 922-2297 or ljfriendlyvisitors@gmail.com.
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History of La Jolla Friendly Visitors


In 2013, La Jolla Meals On Wheels launched the La Jolla Friendly Visitors program under the organization’s umbrella to offer weekly one- to two-hour visits at no charge to seniors or anyone who is homebound in our service area. At the heart of this service is companionship and time spent together which can vary depending on the client’s interests and mobility. Oftentimes, visits are followed up with phone check-ins. Feelings of loneliness and isolation are replaced with a new friendship, hope and a visit to look forward to.

Community Services

  • ActivCare (858) 270-8000
  • Aging and Independence Services (858) 495-5885
  • Braille & Talking Book Library (800) 952-5666
  • Canine Tender Loving Assistance Dogs (858) 461-6827
  • Flu shot Hotline (800) 500-2400
  • Innovated Health Care (760) 731-1334
  • Jewish Community Center (858) 457-3030
  • La Jolla Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (858) 453-5810
  • Lifeline (855) 610-4111
  • Legal Assistance for Seniors (858) 565-1392
  • La Jolla Community Center (858) 459-0831
  • Love at Home (619) 534-2709
  • MediCal Center (800) 698-1118
  • Medicare (800) 633-4227
  • SDG&E Energy Assistance Program (877) 889-7343
  • San Diego Futures Foundation (619) 269-1684
  • San Diego Senior Citizen Services (619) 236-6905
  • Social Security Administration (800) 772-1213
  • Sunrise Senior Living of La Jolla (858) 488-4300
  • The Cove at La Jolla (858) 459-4361
  • Wesley Palms Retirement Community (858) 274-4110