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Is Your Will, Your Will?

Studies over the last several years find that the majority of Americans, somewhere around 60%, do not have wills. However, 100% of all Americans have estate planning!  That is, if you do not have a will or trust, the state will divide up and distribute your possessions for you. The state, of course, will have a claim in it. Read More

FOCUS North America Welcomes a New Edition to the Family

FOCUS North America is happy to announce the birth of Owen Michael Lee.Owen is the son of Jacob (Communications Director)and Calee Lee. Read More

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America Blesses the Work of FOCUS North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2010 – Kansas City, MO


With great joy and thanksgiving, the FOCUS North America Board of Directors with the Executive Director, Fr. Justin Mathews, is pleased to announce the blessing and endorsement of its work by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America.


In a letter dated May 23, 2010, on the Feast of Pentecost, His Eminence Metropolitan JONAH writes: Read More

FOCUS North America Announces Local Centers Operational With Launch of Feeding Ministry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 21, 2010 – Kansas City, MO


The FOCUS North America Board of Directors with the Executive Director, Fr. Justin Mathews, announces the recently established local FOCUS centers – FOCUS Orange County (CA), FOCUS Gateway City (St. Louis) and FOCUS Minnesota – are operational and moving forward with services to the poor and needy in their communities. Read More






FOCUS Centers Latest News / Articles

Financial Education Classes

To make a lasting impact on the lives of the poor or undereducated, financial education is imperative. Some of the financial oppression that exists has to do with lack of education or experience in matters of finance. Read More


Home Repair & Clean up

We will soon be starting a mnistry to help repair/clean homes and yards of the elderly and single mothers. This may involve yard clean up, house cleaning, repair, or rehab depending on the level of volunteer skill and interest. Read More
YES Program Latest News / Articles
Say YES to Being Uncomfortable
It is quite common to feel uncomfortable in new situations with new people.  In these moments of discomfort, it is important to discern whether or not you are feeling the good kind of uncomfortable or the bad kind.  The "bad kind" is usually determined by some kind of unhealthy or dangerous situation. In this case, it is probably the best decision to either help calm the situation if you are able, or to leave it.  The "good kind" of discomfort is actually far from being unhealthy or dangerous.  If embraced, this healthy discomfort can be life-changing for you and others. Read More

Say YES to a New Perspective

Our life experience forms our minds and informs our decisions.  There are behaviors we have and mindsets we have that originate in our childhood, in formative times in our life, and in key situations.  In some cases, to even begin to discover why we think and act the way we do would take years of discecting. Read More
Upcoming YES Trips
Coming Soon




Board of Directors:

Mr. Charles Ajalat,

Mr. William Hoeft,
Vice Chairman

Dr. Julie Papatheofanis, MD, Secretary
V. Rev. Fr. Tom Avramis, Director
Mrs. Lory Barsdate Easton, Director
Mr. Brian Gerich, Director      
Ms. Georgia KazakisDirector

Fr. Justin Mathews,
Executive Director

Advisory Board

Mr. Andrew Natsios, Chairman
Mrs. Theodora Polamalu
Mr. Peter Marudas
Mrs. Maria Foscarinis
Fr. Gregory Matthewes-Green
Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green
Mr. Joel Smith


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