How it Works
Our pen pal program connects you with an aging adult to spread joy and help prevent senior social isolation and loneliness. Read our FAQs for more details.
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.
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 an older adult.
Enter your email or mailing address below to keep in touch with your pen pal.
Ready, Set, Write!
Write Your Letter
Fill out the form to send a digital letter. Not sure what to write? Check out our sample letter.
Home Instead® partners with aging adults and organizations who support seniors to distribute letters to older adults. The identity of the aging adult you are writing to will be revealed only if you request a response letter and the individual chooses to respond with his or her name.
It’s not a guarantee, but if you provide your mailing or email address in the submission form below, the aging adult recipient has the option to respond.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Hobbies you enjoy
- Favorite movies, books or interests
- A positive story
- Upcoming plans for the weekend
- Ask the senior to share a story, fact or opinion with you
Sharing safely is important. Examples of what not to share or solicit include, but are not limited to:
- Personal information, like your full name or social security number
- Financial information, like bank account or credit card numbers
- When you will be out of town, especially if you shared your address to request a response letter
- Passwords to your Internet accounts
Of course! You may complete the “Write Your Letter” form up to five times. Each letter you submit will be sent to a different senior. You can also invite others to join in on the fun! If you’re submitting letters in bulk on behalf of a group, you can also submit by mail or email.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
c/o Erin Albers
13323 California Street
Omaha, NE 68154