The story of Unbound
How it all began
"Since the very beginning, the founders of CFCA dreamed of freeing God’s people from hunger, from slavery, from pain. Our calling at this historic moment is to be gentle, balanced leaders in our world."
Meet the founders and listen to them describe the early years of CFCA
in their own words.
In November 2013, the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) changed its name to Unbound. It was an historic event and one that came at a time of profound loss.
Bob Hentzen, the last surviving member of the group of family and friends that founded CFCA, passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2013. Though he had been an integral part of the process leading up to the name change, Bob did not get to see fulfilled the plan he helped create.
A commitment to serve
The original idea for CFCA was born in the hearts and minds of the Hentzen and Tolle families. Jerry Tolle and Bob Hentzen were both missionaries who had witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of poverty. Together with Bob’s siblings – Bud, Jim and Nadine – they committed themselves to find a way to help.
CFCA was officially incorporated November 20, 1981. The founders all gathered their Christmas card lists and sent a mailing to hundreds of relatives and friends asking them to sponsor. As Bud said, "The letter fell flat on its face."
Despite the disappointing results, the founders didn’t give up. Each founder brought a special gift to the creation of CFCA, and they used these gifts to keep the dream of CFCA alive.
One day, one sponsor
At first, one sponsor a day was cause for celebration. The sponsorships trickled in, gaining the first 100 sponsors, then the next 100. After four years, the group had managed to gather 1000 sponsors. Then, the group reached its current size of more than 250,000 sponsors serving over 300,000 children, youth and aging.
Over the years, more than 625,000 children, youth and aging persons and their families have been served through the sponsorship program.
Guided by their faith and rooted in Catholic social teaching, the founders created a highly personalized sponsorship program. The goal was to empower families and connect the world with their struggle.
The legacy of Bob Hentzen, Jerry Tolle, Nadine Pearce, Bud Hentzen and Jim Hentzen continues to inspire us today.
"CFCA was born in the heart of each one of us, and in the hearts of the poor whom we are called to serve," Bob Hentzen once said. "I consider myself only one of the founders of CFCA, including each one of you."
CFCA was indeed our foundation. Unbound is our future.