Our Mission

Recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection. With special consideration for history, economic station, place, culture, faith, sexual orientation, gender, and race, we affirm this pledge. - January, 2024

Our History

In 1968, something important happened.

Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis

While the nation was divided over civil rights, courageous people stood up for what was right. Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis and a small band of determined people started a movement. They pledged intelligent and practical action to fight racism, poverty and injustice – and Focus: HOPE was born.

Over the years, Focus: HOPE has become a trusted community anchor. Our work is built on the idea that opportunity can change everything. For over 50 years, Focus: HOPE has continued to fight racism, poverty and injustice. Our mission today is as critical as ever. With passion, persistence, and you as a partner, we will continue the legacy of our founders. Together, we will make their work live on.

Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis
Focus Hope Historic March With Banner
Focus: HOPE

Our Impact

Each year, Focus: HOPE serves thousands of community members across Southeast Michigan.

Through our programs, we provide an intergenerational and holistic mix of services to help disrupt the effects of racism, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. For a more in-depth look at the work we do in our community, take a look inside our 2023 impact report, download it here.

View past year’s Impact Reports here:

2022 Impact Report

2021 Impact Report

2020 Impact Report

2019 Impact Report

Early Learning


Total Early Head Start Programming Hours


Students enrolled in our Early Head Start Program


Total Head Start Programming Hours


Students enrolled in the head start program

* All statistics are from calendar year 2023

Workforce Development and Education


Students Enrolled


Students placed


2023 Economic Impact: $8,591,422,36

Food for Seniors


Distribution Sites


Seniors served through our program

Generation of Promise


Community Partners


Student Participants


Participating Schools

Volunteer Support




Hours contributed by volunteers