Member Spotlight: Tafa Jefferson
Orange County, CA - September 17 - As founder and CEO of an in-home care franchise, Tafa Jefferson goes the extra mile to support his community. Formerly a free agent in the NFL playing for the Chicago Bears, Jefferson combined his own athletic disposition, inspiration from his father’s industrious mindset, and the familiarity of his mother’s career in caregiving to create his successful franchise Amada Senior Care.
“I went the JC route because I didn’t really know what I wanted to study,” Jefferson began. “At 17 or 18, you don’t really have a good grasp of what you really want to do. Playing football was always kind of a vehicle for me to ensure my education was paid for and I was fortunate enough to earn several scholarship offers.”
“Although I enjoyed it and it was a wonderful experience, playing in the NFL is definitely a business,” explained Jefferson. “You’re expected to play through injuries. For me, again, the end goal was to get my education paid for and use football as a vehicle to meet my career goals.”
“I saw my mom caring for seniors her entire life, so quite naturally when I went to study business I felt inspired by her work as a caregiver,” Jefferson explained.
Jefferson then founded Amada Senior Care as a home-based business in 1997 and has now grown to a franchise model replicable outside of Orange County and outside of California. Now operating in 47 states, Amada takes care of seniors in their homes as well as family members of any age needing any kind of healthcare from companionship and custodial care to caregiving to fully-licensed medical care.
This practice of paying it forward through his business model is also what inspired Jefferson to become a member of the Lincoln Club of Orange County and engage with projects focused on education. He explained how he wanted to find something that he and his wife could plug into with their children. Establishing connections in the Lincoln Club with individuals who share many of the same values was a no-brainer given his kids active involvement in local politics working on campaigns and even founding Turning Point USA chapters on their campuses.
“One of the things that my father instilled in me was to be very industrious. If an opportunity presents itself, do the best that you can to make things happen. Be industrious, creative, and positive... always looking for the good in people.”