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Eight Dimes: A Reflection on Almsgiving

During Lent, we are encouraged and challenged to struggle through some fundamental, yet difficult aspects of Christian life: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. What is almsgiving? Matushka Constantina Palmer wrote,  “The …

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Building Healing Relationships Through Service

How does serving heal? When we strive to truly serve others we are not seeking to fix something that is broken or help someone who is weak. Instead, we are …

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Family of Youngstown businessman facing deportation feeds the homeless in Cleveland

“The Othman family helped feed 200 people at Cleveland’s St. Herman’s House on Friday.”  Read about these St. Herman House Volunteers here

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Gifts of Transformation (Pt. 2)

From Pt. 1: I worry that, as FOCUS Executive Director Seraphim Danckaert writes, we are not contributing to “the most neglected facet of spiritual life and revitalization” in our ministry …

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Gifts of Transformation (Pt. 1)

“I try to change the language,” Carl says, his voice deep and direct. “These are our brothers and sisters…our citizens, our community.” At St. Herman House Cleveland, “changing the language” …

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Remedy for violence

  FOCUS Pittsburgh’s trauma response team was featured on the front page of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. See the pdf of the day’s paper here.

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New trauma-response teams prepare for Thanksgiving Day rollout

“The volunteers are in the final stages of training to be a part of FOCUS Pittsburgh’s new trauma response teams, which will, starting on Thanksgiving Day, respond to homicides in …

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Family Ministry Conference Held: The Orthodox Family in a Changing World

    “The sessions highlighted some of the challenges families face within contemporary culture. FOCUS North America led a hands-on poverty simulation that helped participants imagine what a life of …

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Meet the New Executive Director

In June of 2017, FOCUS North America welcomed Seraphim Danckaert as our new Executive Director. Danckaert graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2007. Since then, he …

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