In the greatest food-producing nation on earth, several thousand Traditional Navajo Elders living on the Reservation, face hunger and economic insecurity every day. The status of elderly Navajo is, to put it simply, poor.

Although families help their Elders, conditions exist that make our assistance essential:

  1. Family members cannot financially meet all the Elder’s basic needs.
  2. A serious gap in services in remote areas exists.
  3. As Elders age, their ability to work diminishes while basic requirements for firewood, specialty foods, mobility equipment and simple medical supplies increase.

Presently, over 550 Navajo Elders ages 75 to 100 are enrolled as adopted Elders in our Program. Over 15,000 people who live in poverty in remote locations on the Reservation receive some form of our aid.

The lives of the Elders that we serve are fraught with hardship, but they believe that to struggle is good, that to struggle breeds strength and character. They have lived their lives at a level of self-sufficiency that many modern-day survivalists and adventurers can only dream of. They have birthed their children, raised livestock, planted crops, and woven incredible pieces of art in their homes in the far reaches of the windy canyons and dusty mesas that make up southern Utah and Northern Arizona. And now, as they have aged they are left without the means to support themselves.

Throughout the over three decades of A.N.E.’s existence, the vital cog that makes our program work is all of you, our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and support people. Without you, we would not be able to purchase the food, food certificates, and firewood for the Elders. We ask for your help. Please take some time to engage your friends, families, and neighbors. Tell them about the plight of the Elders and how they can help. Thank you.


Elder's Critical Needs

Give food certificates

Elders in the program range from 75 to over 100 years of age. Many live in hogans or simple structures with no running water and some have no electricity. You choose the way that best fits your specific interest and ability to give.

100% of your firewood and food certificate donations go directly to an Elder in need.

Give $100 load of firewood



Regular volunteer days are held at the warehouse every Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am as well as on occasional Saturdays. You are welcome to join us on either or both days. Activities include such things as packing food boxes, filling backpacks for school children, filling Christmas stockings, packing Grandma and Grandpa boxes, and many more things.

The warehouse is centrally located just off I15 in the Salt Lake Valley.

You Can Create A Ripple Effect

With Your Help, Our Program Supports Over 560 Elders

The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program exists to create a bridge of hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the Land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust.