The vision for Unbound began with Bob, Bud and Jim Hentzen, their sister Nadine Hentzen Pearce and their friend Jerry Tolle. Bob and Jerry were former missionaries who, while working in Latin America, witnessed the devastating effects of poverty on families struggling heroically to make better lives for their children. Guided by faith and rooted in Catholic social teaching, the founders envisioned a program that would invite people to partner with families to support, encourage and empower them.
Archbishop James P. Keleher of Kansas City, Kansas, sponsors Jose of Honduras.
Former Knights of Columbus head Virgil Dechant and his wife, Ann, sponsor 9-year-old Rachelle of the Philippines.