In 1968, something important happened.
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.
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, download our 2021 Impact Report.
Early Learning & Youth Development
Students enrolled in the early head start program
Students enrolled in the head start program
parents enrolled in doula and other support groups
students enrolled in the excel photography program
* All statistics are from calendar year 2021
Workforce Development and Education
Average Net Worth Increase
2021 Economic Impact: $5,713,021
Food for Seniors
Older adults served each month
Generation of Promise
Youth Program Hours
Volunteer Impact to Focus: HOPE in 2021