Who We Are

Unbound is an international nonprofit founded by lay Catholics grounded in the Gospel call to put the needs of the marginalized and
vulnerable first. We build relationships of mutual respect and support that bridge cultural, religious and economic divides. We invite
all people of goodwill to join us.

Our Mission 

Unbounds mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world.


Unbound, formerly Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), was established in 1981 by brothers Bob, Bud and Jim Hentzen, their sister Nadine Pearce and friend Jerry Tolle. Bob Hentzen, a former Christian Brother, and Tolle, a former Jesuit priest, worked in Central and South America for many years. They developed the sponsorship program to help people living in poverty and to help form real friendships between people from different cultures and economic circumstances.

Our Work

We connect people across economic, cultural, geographical and religious divides to live in solidarity and work toward a greater good.

Our sponsorship program connects an individual sponsor in the U.S. with a child or elderly person in another country.

Sponsors, through their support, help provide essential benefits such as education, food, health care and livelihood opportunities for families.

The families choose the benefits that best fit their situations and meet the needs of their children.

Taking on poverty alone is daunting. That’s why Unbound’s small group model is a cornerstone of our program. Families come together to share ideas, pool resources and develop livelihoods.

We believe that relationships are catalysts for change. Sponsors and their sponsored friends develop personal relationships through letters and photos.

We also offer group awareness trips and coordinate individual visits for sponsors who want to meet their
sponsored friends in person.