Crisis in Nicaragua



Due to ongoing political unrest in Nicaragua, local donations to hogars caring for impoverished elders have declined dramatically! Food and medicine are in short supply. Please help us ensure these vulnerable elders have their basic needs met during this crisis. Your financial gift now will help save lives!

Ageless Award Luncheon


In 2018, we proudly honored Frank & Rosa Alby, Gert Boyle, Governor Ted Kulongoski and Pat Reser at the Ageless Award Luncheon held on April 26, 2018. Please watch our video (left) that we premeired at the event.


The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation empowers communities, in resource constrained areas, to provide multi-generational support for underserved older adults.

JFRF empowers by:

  • Building civic infrastructure
  • Identifying, strengthening and deploying community assets.
  • Using a multi-generational, sustainable network of resources.
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.

What’s Happening?

JFRF’s Newest Whitepaper is HERE!

Converging trends are threatening financial security for older adults, especially those within minority populations. Left alone or ignored, this increased risk is almost certain to have significant implications when linked to the dramatic increase in the number and...

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October 1st is International Day of Older Persons

In agreement to the important research JFRF has been doing on the shifting age structure in Oregon, the US and around the world, the United Nations posted the following information on their website to commemorate International Day of Older Persons: Almost 700 million...

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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, Board 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, 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

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Please reach out to us with any comments, questions or suggestions you may have about JFRF and our work. We look forward to hearing from you!

Email or Call us: 503-408-4759