Our History

2010

Association project for 2010–2015, “The Brotherhood lives with the most poor.”

2009

Launch of the “Flowers of fraternity” operation for October 1st – The international day of the elderly

2008

The Foundation of the little brothers of the Poor takes charge of its 500th lodging.

2007

The little brothers of the Poor adopt a new regional development plan called “Go where we are not or are not enough.”

2003

Mali Bracia Ubogich – Poland, Warzow, Lublin, Poznan founded

2003

Omaha chapter founded

2002

Les petits frères de Pauvres – Switzerland, Rolle founded

2000

Miami Friend group founded

1997

Cincinnati chapter founded

1991

Freunde Alter Menschen – Germany, Berlin founded

1991

The little brothers of the Poor extend their field of intervention to the hospital sector and to sick people living at home.

1990

San Francisco chapter founded

1990

Philadelphia chapter founded

1987

Amicas de la gent gran – Spain, Bracelona founded

1982

Little brothers of Poor / Friends of the Elderly – Ireland, Dublin founded

1982

Upper Peninsula of Michigan chapter founded

1981

The little brothers of the Poor Association is recognized for its public service.

1979

Boston chapter founded

1979

International Federation founded

1977

France
Creation of Bersabée, the first housing foundation that became part of the “Foundation of the little brothers of the Poor” in 2003, which comprises 6 foundations, the Bersabée Foundation, the Othenin-Girard Foundation, the Mireille and Pierre Landrieu Foundation, Louise Roullin Foundation and the UTB Foundation, and Lecordier Foundation

1971

Minneapolis chapter founded

1970

The little brothers of the Poor adopt a more protesting tone and denounce, for instance, the poor living conditions for elderly people in hospice.

1965
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Departure of Armand Marquiset. The Association adopts a more secular approach better connected to society’s rapid evolution.

“I believe in love. It is the only solution possible, the only answer. Failure means you’re not giving enough of it.”
Armand Marquiset, founder

1962

Canadian Association founded

1959

Chicago chapter founded

1951

Paris
First Christmas Eve dinner organized by the little brothers of the Poor with the Saint-Ambroise parish. An initiative that later expands to several large cities in the province, then to many countries around the world.

1949

Creation of the very first “Happiness House” (Château du Bonheur), childhood home of Armand Marquiset renovated to accommodate his wards during holiday breaks.

April 19, 1946

Paris
Official creation of the little brothers of the Poor Association. First actions organized in Paris for the “elderly destitute” of the Quartier Saint-Ambroise.

1930/1939
Armand Marquiset

France
Armand Marquiset takes his first steps in social companionship at “La Mie de Pain.” On July 7, 1939, he was struck with the idea for the little brothers of the Poor at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The concept for the association emerged, but events related to the Second World War delay creation.