A great website to go to to meet friends in your area is meetup.com. There you will find different groups with varying interests. That way, you can meet new people and make new friends. I love Scrabble, for example, so I have signed up to meet people to play Scrabble. There are also walking or running groups, where you walk or run in groups for exercise. I joined such a group to walk through Central Park on Sundays and have acquired a whole new set of friends that way. You name an interest, hobby or group of people who are into them and you'll find it on that website. You'll even find a group of people called "empaths," people who are empathetic/sensitive to the needs of others.