FOCUS’ Jonah House featured in the Word Magazine

Nicholas Chakos, Executive Director of FOCUS North America, said, “ The Jonah House will be bringing a credible solution to a dire need in Columbus. While FOCUS provides infrastructure and organization to centers around the country, the folks in Columbus have done all of the groundwork and are stepping up to impact their community meaningfully.”

Click Here to read the full article on this great new project

 

‘We showed that together we are great’: Reconnecting in one Pittsburgh neighborhood

“Staff from FOCUS Pittsburgh (Food, Opportunity, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter), a social service nonprofit in the Hill District, knew some residents there and believed they would successfully pioneer a new kind of community development model, one that was very personal.”

Click HERE to read the full Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about our Trauma Informed Community Development program.

Faces of the Nameless

He put a simple ad on a photography website that stated: “I had an idea for a socially orientated photography project, and I’m looking for someone who might have an interest in joining me.” Wooldridge replied to the ad, and the duo agreed to put the project into action.

St. Herman was the first homeless shelters they approached, and the reception was very positive.

Paul Finley, the local director of St. Herman House in Cleveland, welcomed the project. He had been approached in the past by numerous photographers who asked to take pictures of the homeless, but this request was unique. It would be a way to allow homeless people in his Focus North America, Orthodox Christian House of Hospitality, to speak for themselves.

Click HERE to read the full Cleveland Magazine article from April about FOCUS Cleveland- St. Herman House photography project.

Renovation Angel donates $100,000 to nonprofit FOCUS North America


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“We recycle kitchens and repurpose them for the greater good. Not only because it’s an eco-friendly and savvy way to renovate, saving homeowners thousands of dollars on their renovation projects, but because contributing to the vital work of charities like FOCUS is one of the most worthwhile endeavors an individual or organization can aspire to,” said Steve Feldman, President of Renovation Angel.

Click HERE to read The Daily Ardmoreite article from November about the Renovation Angel’s support of those FOCUS serves.

Young Adults Offer Assistance To St. Herman’s House of Hospitality in Cleveland

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“Following in the footsteps of Sts Cyril and Methodios, and demonstrating in concrete action their renewed commitment to hands-on missionary work, the National Senior ACRY (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth) has organized a small weekend mission and service weekend at St. Herman’s House of Hospitality in Cleveland, Ohio”

Click HERE to read the OCN article from August about the Orthodox Youth Service in Cleveland.

In Pittsburgh Neighborhood, Development Starts With Healing

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FOCUS Pittsburgh began a conversation about community trauma about five years ago, according to Director Rev. Paul Abernathy.

“We really began to ask are we healthy enough to sustain opportunity. People get jobs, they lose jobs; they get housing and lose housing,” Abernathy remembers. “It was really an incredible moment because what had happened, people had shared such incredibly raw stories, it essentially de-stigmatized the issue,” he says.

Click HERE to read the Next City article about the Trauma-Informed Community Development Initiative.

Redevelopment effort in Hill District targets effects of long-term trauma – FOCUS Pittsburgh in The Post-Gazette

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 10.16.03 AM“Trauma-Informed Community Development grew out of research that found underlying causes of violence, homelessness, joblessness, poverty, addiction and abuse in exposure to chronic emotional stress and trauma. The premise is that if people can get help digging out from trauma and start to heal, they can get their own traction to improve their relationships, the well-being of their block and what happens on it, Rev. Abernathy said.

“Trauma is the most challenging problem we have” in the African-American community, he said. “We are seeing people get jobs and lose jobs, get housing and lose housing, not because they are stupid or bad but because they are wounded. We want them to be healthy enough to sustain opportunities.””

Click HERE to read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article from this past Sunday about the Trauma-Informed Community Development Initiative.

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