"ADOPT A NATIVE ELDER (ANE)" PROGRAM
Salt Lake City, Utah.
The main focus of the the "Adopt a Native Elder" Program is to make contact with an eligible elder through mail and to provide them food by sponsoring a "Rainbox Food Box," which is delivered semi-annually.
Many native elders live in remote portions of the Navajo reservation and some raise sheep as a means of maintaining themselves.
A newsletter is sent out by the program to sponsors so that they can keep up with news and events of the program.
*Other notable programs by the organization are:
The Firewood Program - Has firewood delivered to elders who are unable to gather it on their own. It is used it to heat homes and to cook with. Each load costs $100.
Feathers for the Forgotten Ones - Supports elders who are in poor health, who don't speak English, or are not "adoptable" as a part of the regular Adopt an Elder Program. Food, blankets and requests for special medical needs are met by sponsorship.
Yarn Program - Assists to purchase yarns for Elders to weave into rugs which are then put into an Adopt A Native Elder Program Rug Catalog. The weaving provides the means for them to sustain themselves in their traditional way. *Native American elder made rugs are featured on the website and can be purchased on-line.