Sergeant Tim M. of the Cleveland Police Department called St. Herman’s house a “one way ticket to Heaven.” This comment was made after officers helped a woman feed her children through St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland in the middle of a cold February night. Watch the video to hear the whole story.
Homeless people “can get food and clothes, but if they haven’t had a shower in three months, they can’t get a job even flipping burgers.”
FOCUS’ Jake Austin and our Shower to the People program are featured on the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Check out the story and how FOCUS is bringing hygiene, help and hope to those who need it most.
With over 2 million homeless children in the United States, childhood poverty continues to be a focal point of FOCUS’ national programs. With the blessings that many of us have inherited from our youth, there is little question that children living without the proper equipment to receive an education need to be provided the resources, in order to break the cycle of poverty we see in many American communities.
Last week, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Ionian Village held their annual summer camp reunion in Orlando, Florida and chose to include an aspect of service in the schedule, participating in the FOCUS Backpack Program. Officially launched in 2014, this program engages our volunteers throughout the United States by asking churches and groups to fill brand-new backpacks that are provided by us with school supplies. Through FOCUS partnerships, these backpacks are then donated to local children who are unable to afford these things on their own.
Campers from the Ionian Village program took time to learn about child homelessness in the Orlando area, and then filled 500 backpacks with school supplies. The backpacks were donated to the Homeless Education Department of the Orange County Public Schools, which serves the greater area of Orlando, Florida. This department works with homeless children in their district to provide them with the educational, social, and physical resources they need to perform academically, while often living in traumatic circumstances.
According to an article published in the Orlando Sentinel in March, 2015, “Nearly one-fifth of all homeless public-school students across the state now live in Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties…With only a tenth of the state’s total population, the tri-county area identified more than 13,700 homeless students last year — including families doubled up with relatives, living in motels, staying in shelters, sleeping in cars and camping in the woods.”
We thank all of our partners as we to work together to combat the ever-flowing tide of childhood poverty in our nation.
YES Family Days program was featured in the March issue of The Word. You can view the issue here:
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These amazing kids attend a school in East Detroit. They are just two of the hundreds of children who receive FOCUS meals for the weekend. 60% of children in Detroit live below the poverty line and don’t have access to proper nutrition. FOCUS works with schools around Detroit, and the country to help end childhood hunger by providing meals to students when they don’t have access to meals outside of the school week. FOCUS is building success by providing nutrition as the foundation to strong minds and bodies. #liveorthodoxy #focusnorthamerica #nutrition #nonprofit #academics #endpoverty #service #orthodoxy #detroit
We are proud to be the 2016 charitable partner of Renovation Angel!
Renovation Angel is a 501(c)3 non-profit which states their charitable mission as:
a) Creating Jobs – The white-glove removal, transportation, and resale of these items creates numerous construction, logistics, and retail jobs as these items are prepared for re-purposing.
b) Protecting the Earth – Recycling luxury kitchens, bath fixtures, home furnishings, and architectural elements diverts millions of pounds from landfills.
c) Supporting high quality non-profit outreach programs – Proceeds earned from selling recycled luxury creates support for innovative and life-changing outreach programs in the areas of: at-risk youth, addiction recovery, job creation, and social entrepreneurship.
Check out this new video to get a better idea Renovation Angel does, and how they are partnering with FOCUS North America to move individuals from lives of dependency to self-sufficiency!