Elder Sponsorship through Unbound

Formerly known as the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Unbound seeks financial sponsorship for individuals in need, devoting nearly $0.93 of each $1 to direct program support. In addition to offering sponsorships for children, the organization gives individuals the opportunity to sponsor a senior citizen who is in need.

The only major organization that offers this type of sponsorship program, Unbound partners with donors to help people around the world live out their elder years in with dignity and well-being. Elder sponsorship through Unbound helps provide seniors with essential food supplies and health care. Unbound also attends to the social and psychological needs of elderly people by offering access to various recreational activities and support groups.

About the Author:

Thomas Disselkamp

Thomas Allen Disselkamp is an accomplished Minneapolis-Saint Paul-area electrical engineer who serves as a product development specialist with the 3M Company’s Infection Prevention Division. Outside of the professional arena, Thomas Disselkamp serves as a volunteer for a number of local charities. Tom Disselkamp also sponsors two children through Unbound.


Unbound Helps Families Around the Globe Through Sponsorship Programs

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With more than 30 years of experience working in electronic, mechanical, and computer systems development, Thomas Allen Disselkamp is a product-development specialist for the 3M Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dedicated to helping others, Tom Disselkamp sponsors two international children through the charitable organization Unbound.

Created by former missionaries who had witnessed poverty in Latin America, Unbound seeks to help people who are in need live with dignity. Originally called Christian Foundation for Children, the organization changed its name to Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, and then in 2013 to its current name of Unbound. Since its creation, Unbound has helped more than 800,000 children, students, and aging individuals.

In March of 2016, Unbound shared the story of Eliza, a mother of seven, who lives in the Philippines. Her 20-year-old son has been sponsored by Unbound since 2004, and thanks to the support of his Unbound sponsors, he is able to attend school. The sponsorship money is also used to supplement her family’s everyday needs for food and necessities. In addition to financial assistance, another benefit Eliza receives is the opportunity to participate in workshops facilitated by the local government. One such workshop is conducted by the Women’s Weavers Association, which teaches Eliza and other mothers the art of hablon, or the weaving of beautiful products, which can lead to additional income.

Thomas Disselkamp Supports Unbound

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Thomas Allen Disselkamp works as a product development specialist with 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. Thomas Disselkamp has been employed with 3M since 1981. In his free time, Tom Disselkamp sponsors two children internationally through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, now called Unbound.

As an antipoverty organization, Unbound works with families and the local groups and organizations that support them in an effort to help these people develop lasting strategies for self-sufficiency. Unbound measures program effectiveness using a three-tier method; these tiers are known as the plane, the plaza, and the porch.

The plane tier encompasses Unbound’s broad efforts to engage programs and countries. The plaza tier examines local outcomes of the organization’s assistance, while the porch tier monitors outcomes on an individual level with people assisted by Unbound.

Unbound organizes its leadership and governance under the Carver Model, which dictates the governing body responsible for defining the outcomes of the organization’s efforts. This governing body also creates policies that contribute to the achievement of these outcomes by guiding the efforts of the organization’s leaders.