CFCA is the only major U.S.-based sponsorship organization to sponsor the elderly.
Michelle Dawson, CFCA-Kansas staff.
Through our Hope for a Family sponsorship program, aging friends receive benefits that focus on providing better nutrition, access to health care, adequate housing and social activities.
Some sponsored aging friends also participate in skills training or income-generating workshops. Most importantly, they are welcomed into a caring community and feel less alone.
For some sponsored aging friends, CFCA meetings and events may be the only human socialization time they experience all week, or sometimes, all month.
Michelle Dawson works in sponsorship operations at our office in Kansas City. Michelle sponsors five aging friends in the Hope for a Family program. She shares with us some of the reasons why she decided to sponsor an aging friend and why she loves it.
How did you decide between sponsoring a child or an aging person?
I heard a priest speak at my parish many years ago, but instead of sponsoring that day, I took a brochure home with me and called CFCA not too long after that.