As our legacy for community service dictates, we must lead by example. We should demonstrate respect for our elders and their families within our own fraternal organization. Many of our elderly brothers have dedicated their lives in service to Alpha Phi Alpha and to their communities. It is out of deep admiration, appreciation, and respect for this body of work that Brother’s Keeper has been developed. Brother’s Keeper is a service program developed with the mission of advocating for and improving the quality of life for retired, mature, and ailing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. brothers, their spouses, and widows. Limitations caused by advanced age place demands on family members, caregivers, and the larger community to ensure the elderly remain independently functional. The goal of Brother’s Keeper is to promote dignity and independence among retired and mature brothers, spouses, and widows. This planning guide provides information that may be used to establish a Brother’s Keeper Program within your chapter.

For Alphas and their family members, the Brother’s Keeper Program objectives will Assist, Provide, and Ensure via the following seven areas of concern:

  1. Assist in maintaining living environments that are compatible with program participants’ levels of
  2. Functioning
  3. Assist with property maintenance
  4. Assist with health care decision making
  5. Provide companionship
  6. Provide legal services
  7. Provide transportation
  8. Ensure adequate supplies of food, water, shelter, and clothing, with special emphasis on disaster management and recovery

Criteria for inclusion include a brother and/or his spouse who are age 60 or older, retired, and/or having a chronic health problem and insufficient resources (e.g., money, family, social support system) to meet basic needs. One of these criteria must be met, and the offer of service must be accepted.