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Officially a Veteran-Friendly School

We are excited to announce that we have earned a silver-level status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for our commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans. Sixty-five colleges and universities recently also earned bronze-, silver- or gold-level statuses. Learn more »

What is Eleanor's Walk for HOPE and 5k Run?

Eleanor’s Walk for HOPE and 5k Run was originally patterned after the civil-rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The WALK was designed to bring together a diverse group of people to walk united towards one mission; to pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice. Learn more »

PNC Foundation Paving Path to Success

A $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation will fund our Fast Track, formerly known as Ready, Set, GO!, an essential component to our Workforce Development & Education programs. PNC has been a longtime supporter of our Fast Track program, paving the path to success for incoming students. Fast Track is a full-time, nine-week program designed to help individuals overcome barriers to academic and employment success. Learn more »

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Grants $750,000

We would like to extend a thank you to Flint’s Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for their recent, generous grant of $750,000. The Foundation has long supported Focus: HOPE and this new grant will help fund operations as we transition under a new strategic plan and leadership. Learn more »

Blue Chip Talent Takes Coveted Kick 4 HOPE Trophy

Thank you to everyone who came out for our first-ever, kickball tournament, Kick 4 HOPE! We would like to give a special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Van Conway & Partners, and all of our other sponsors involved; Absopure; The Remington Group; Blue Chip Talent; UBS Financial; Atwater Brewery; Team Red, White and Blue; Trader Joes; Rogue Digital; Buffalo Wild Wings; HopCat Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Bagels, Come Play Detroit. Learn more »

Bank of America Grants Gift to Focus: HOPE

Focus: HOPE is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, in response to the Foundation’s Community Development Request for Proposal. The grant will partly fund the transformation of an abandoned two-family flat, “The La Salle House” – from a vacant neighborhood eyesore for many years into the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rehabilitated home in the City of Detroit. Learn more »

GM Foundation Grants $500,000

A $500,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation, along with support from SAE International have, and will continue to support our CAT, a critical component to our Workforce Development & Educational programs. Our CAT is a three-step program that puts students on the path for ‪higher education and long-term success in STEM fields, fields that ‪Detroit‬ corporations and companies need to fill causing a positive, rippling effect in our economy. Learn more »

Focus: HOPE Partners with Oakland Community College

Thursday, July 21st at 10 a.m. at our MTI Library, we, along with Oakland Community College and the Detroit Regional Chamber partnered together to offer a Steps for Success Program to OCC students and students within our marketing reach interested in attending a community college. The program's goal is to increase the success rates for incoming college freshman. Learn more »

Heroes for Hope 2016

Thank you to everyone who made Heroes for Hope 2016 a success! All proceeds will go towards our numerous Education, Community and Food Programs. The night was filled with honoring our social justice heroes, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, The Ford Foundation and Bob Rossiter. Along with celebrating our social justice heroes, our guests enjoyed entertainment, auctions, dinner, an afterglow and more. Learn more »

HOPE Village Freedom School Open

On June 20, we opened the doors of our first-ever, HOPE Village Freedom School program to 50 early elementary students. The program takes place at our Center for Children, 1550 Oakman Blvd and provides an exciting, new, research-based academic enrichment approach for children living in our HOPE Village. Thank you to everyone who helped make this program come to life, we could not have done so without your generous support. Learn more »

HOPE Village is an Eco-D!

Did you know HOPE Village is an Eco-D? Making it, along with West Village, the first official Detroit Eco-Ds. The HOPE Village Eco-D designation reflects our aspirations for the HOPE Village community. Eco-D was founded in 2014 by EcoWorks, Detroit Future City, The Greening of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), and Vista Vantage Consulting Group, L3C and is part of the global EcoDistricts network working to create a new model for community development in urban areas. Learn more »

It's Time To Start a New Career!

We welcome the opportunity to help more talented men and women get jobs. Our job training programs not only transform lives but also stimulate the local economy. Every graduate who gets a job becomes a taxpayer and does not have to depend on social services. It's never too late to start a new career. Call us at 313.494.4300 for details. Learn more »

Earn and Learn!

In partnership with Southwest Solutions, Focus: HOPE offers free job training in high demand fields to low-income residents in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. The program is open to 18-24 year old minority males, adults who have been chronically unemployed and adults who were formerly incarcerated. Programs include advanced manufacturing, information technology, construction, truck driving and healthcare. Learn more »

Neighborhood Network participant receives recognition

Participants in the Neighborhood Network program are rewarded for finding their own success. Working with a caring Site Specialist, they set and reach goals to increase their self-sufficiency. Mr. Earnest Green (above) accepted a certificate of recognition from Muriel Murphy, Site Specialist, who he’s worked closely with to achieve variety of goals, including getting a job! Learn more »

Diversity is our Strength

Students in our Focus on the Mission program fanned out throughout Detroit recently to take photographs in cultural and ethnic areas. At the end of their busy photo shoot, they gathered for a group photo in Mexicantown taken by Gordon Rodwan, one of the professional photographers who mentor the youths. The students come from suburban and urban high schools for this special diversity and leadership program. Learn more »

Generation of Promise

Generation of Promise recently carried out its final program day at the Boll Family YMCA in Downtown Detroit. Student participants debriefed the activities of the past year, created personal action plans stating their commitment to embracing diversity and addressing the needs of their communities, and worked in teams to plan their graduation ceremony. Additionally, students took part in an activity where they were asked to think about a message that they would like to send out to the world based on their GOP experience. Learn more »

Champions for Working Families

Our Center for Working Families was honored with the 2013 Detroit Champion of Working Families award presented by LISC and CDAD. Attending the ceremony were: (standing from left), Tahirih Ziebler, executive director of LISC; Pamela Glover, CWF; Bernard Thompson, CWF; Annie Blackmon, CWF; and Sarida Scott, executive director of CDAD; and sitting from left, Shannon Rucker, CWF; Yolanda Crain, manager of the CWF, and Dan Brudzynski, vice president of DTE Energy who presented the award. Learn more »

Community and Economic Development

Focus: HOPE's commitment to the neighborhoods around our campus just got bigger. With the launch of our HOPE Village Initiative, Focus: HOPE will lead efforts to make this area a very desirable area to live, work, and raise a family. Our primary efforts will be directed toward supporting the education achievement of children living in our neighborhood. Learn more »

Center for Children

At our Center for Children, youngsters exercise their bodies and minds. Each day is filled with new experiences that promote intellectual, physical, emotional and social development. The new climbing wall in the gymnasium is one of the more popular activities for older children. Our Summer Day Camp is so popular that children ask to come back each year. Learn more »

Delivering food to seniors

With the truck behind them loaded and ready to go, colleagues from White Cloud Natural Spring Water set off to deliver holiday food boxes to 71 senior citizens in Washtenaw and Oakland counties. Even a major snowstorm didn’t stop the annual delivery in which volunteers picked up and delivered food to more than 1,000 low-income senior citizens throughout the area. Each senior receive their regular delivery of canned and packaged food, along with a box of fresh food with Cornish hens, apples, potatoes and other fixings for a holiday meal. Learn more »

Lawyers pack their 50,000th box of food!

The Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit reached a milestone May 5 when they packed their 50,000th box of food at our warehouse! The groups have been packing food boxes since 2001 when they asked our late co-founder, Eleanor Josaitis, how they could get involved at Focus: HOPE. We deliver the boxes of food to more than 1,000 homebound seniors each month, so volunteer support in packing the food boxes is vital. Learn more »

Free Health Assessments in Inkster

Garden City Hospital’s Health Coach visits the Inkster Food Center on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am - 11:30am. They will provide wound evaluations, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and hearing screenings. Learn more »

Food Program

Our food program is designed with the dignity of 42,000 participants in mind. In a setting that resembles a grocery store, participants receive a grocery list, make their food selections, then proceed through a checkout line. Nutritionally-balanced food is provided to senior citizens through this cost-effective program administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more »

Ford Volunteers at Center for Children

Ford volunteers met at Focus: HOPE's Center for Children for Ford's Accelerated Action Day to read stories to the children. Pictured from left to right are: Madeline McGee, Lesia Hughes, Bryan Robinson, Richard Adams and Sable Morgan. Madeline, Bryan, Richard and Sable are enrolled in the Information Management and Systems Engineering program pursuing their degree in Information Systems Technology at WSU. Learn more »

Glazer’s new playground

New Paradigm Glazer Elementary School has a new playground thanks to the financial and volunteer support provided by Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills. The playground was built by volunteers from the church, University of Michigan, and Focus: HOPE in two days just before school started. The project began with a $45,000 donation – and ended thanks to the hard work of volunteers. Learn more »

A new partnership

With a gift of $300,000 to the Eleanor M. Josaitis Fund, a new partnership was formed. Plastic Omnium’s Inergy Automotive Americas President Mark Sullivan presented a check for $300,000 to Focus: HOPE CEO William Jones and to members of Eleanor’s family at the recent WALK. The donation helped Focus: HOPE set a record in fundraising for the WALK—one of Eleanor’s favorite events—and it established a new partnership. The company plans to get involved by hiring graduates, volunteering, and supporting the mission of Focus: HOPE. Learn more »

45 year partnership

On April 19, 1968, Focus: HOPE opened its first bank account with National Bank of Detroit. Forty-five years later, officials from NBD’s successor, JP Morgan Chase, came here to celebrate our 45-year partnership. Our CEO William F. Jones, Jr., said he recalled former NBD President Aubrey Lee saying “Father Cunningham was a businessman with a conscience, but needed a banker to keep him in check.” Thanks for 45 years of keeping us on the path toward success! Learn more »

Public Service Credit Union

Focus: HOPE is proud to partner with Public Service Credit Union. Visit the Focus: HOPE Branch in the Center for Advanced Technologies at 1400 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit. Phone 734.641.8400 x 2410. Learn more »

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