URGENT! Iota Brings Deadly Floods to Nicaragua
A humanitarian crisis has unfolded in Nicaragua. Iota is the second hurricane to make landfall within two weeks, destroying everything in its path. Reports are still coming in, but we know the hogares (elder homes) in Rivas, Jinotepe, Sebaco, Boaco and Jinotega, among others, have all been affected. Buildings have been damaged by the wind and water. Food, medicine and all other supplies are running critically short. Buckling roads have made it difficult for outside help to reach all affected areas. The widespread devastation has spread local resources too thin and they simply cannot help everyone.
The elders are desperate for help. Your support is critical.
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JFRF has been working hard to share the facts about aging in Oregon and the U.S. We have 4 whitepapers to inform people about how our country’s age structure is changing and what that means for everyone.
The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation empowers communities, in resource constrained areas, to provide multi-generational support for underserved older adults.
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We succeed in achieving our mission by investing in long-term partnerships to build capacity in local communities in Oregon and beyond. We listen and seek to understand the needs within communities, then promote the development of effective, culturally sensitive, and sustainable solutions by utilizing available resources. We strive to work with communities to strengthen human assets and organizational processes so that both can support collective community priorities.
Save the date for the 9th annual golf tournament that benefits elders in Nicaragua on May 21st! Our dedicated supporters in North Carolina are gearing up for the best year yet! Thank you to the golf committee for all of your hard work. Please contact Stephanie Hooper...
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JFRF changes the world! By helping abandoned seniors in vulnerable regions, we bring light, hope and fresh thinking to a growing issue. Three cheers to Keren Brown Wilson – she introduced our nation to assisted living and now she’s assisting seniors living in poverty around the globe.
Gary Withers, Advisory Council Member
I am involved with JFRF because you can directly see the impact of its work. In a poor country like Nicaragua, where there are little to no government resources for impoverished and abandoned elders, JFRF’s support and engagement make a huge difference.
Joanne Handy, Fmr. Board Member
To return to the hogar in Jinotepe and to see the change in the expressions of the same residents I had seen with forlorn dejection 3 years prior, to smiling happiness resulting from the improvements in their lives, one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! Choked me up? You bet! Was it worth the investment of volunteer time and talent and treasure? It was and continues to be.
Tony Leineweber, Board Member
I feel as though this international fieldwork opportunity was an experience of a lifetime. It was an eye opening experience and I was able to learn a lot about the development of occupational therapy in a different country. It taught me the importance of engaging others in activities that are suitable to their cognitive levels to help improve their quality of life. Cassandra Kubes, 2015 OT Fieldwork Participant
It seems to me that a quantum leap has occurred here in Nicaragua. The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation is to be congratulated! Dr. Margaret Neal, PSU Faculty