ADVOCACY, EQUITY & COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

 

Focus: HOPE pursues leadership as an antiracism organization by advocating for systems change and by integrating racial equity into all it does. Additionally, each of the four core program areas are undergirded with services such as financial coaching, the Accounting Aid Society, utility payment assistance and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which create a one-stop hub for our community.

Since 1968, Focus: HOPE continued to intervene on both individual and population levels to disrupt racism and break the cycle of generational poverty in southeast Michigan by supporting communities and by advocating for systems change.

Race Equity

Focus: HOPE is a leader in antiracism by integrating racial equity into all our work, including our partnerships and contracting practices and in the fostering of a “woke” organizational culture through our hiring practices and trainings.

Advocacy

Focus: HOPE confronts root causes to racial disparities through neighborhood empowerment, by organizing regional partnerships and by educating decision makers to address inequitable policies and practices.

Financial Empowerment

Focus: HOPE undergirds it’s four core program areas of Early Learning, Youth Development, Adult Workforce training and placement and Seniors Food Justice program with financial coaching, credit building strategies and access to public benefits and other low cost financial products. This service is provided through the Center for Working Families, a national model for earning, keeping and growing wealth.

Empowerment Hub

Focus: HOPE makes available on campus a range of services for the convenience of those who come to us for help. These include financial empowerment services; a satellite MDHHS office, free tax prep, a DTE Payment assistance office; a bill-pay kiosk for utilities and 36th District Court; Nutritional education and outreach through Michigan State University; access to expungements, amnesty, child custody/support representation and other legal supports through the Detroit Justice Center, access to workforce coaching and placement and much more.

Center for Working Families

Earn It, Keep It, Grow It!

We provide no-cost services to help local residents and students attain family stability and achieve their financial and career goals.

Our CWF is a proud member of the Greater Detroit Center for Working Families, a network of CWFs across Detroit and Pontiac working collectively to provide financial opportunities to its participants.

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Financial Success Classes and Coaching
Offers FREE classes and one on one coaching that help improve credit score, set budgets, developing a plan and more.

Income Support Assistance
The Michigan Department of Health Human Services (DHHS) has a permanent presence on Focus: HOPE’s campus. Counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Click to Call 313-494-4809

Generation of Promise

Generation of Promise aims to build a community of young leaders who celebrate diversity and are dedicated to the elimination of discrimination in metropolitan Detroit. Generation of Promise provides an opportunity for local youth to engage in leadership development and build regional cooperation.

Generation of Promise conducts a 10-month diversity awareness and relationship building program for an annual class of 60 high school juniors.

Generation of Promise member high schools reflect a wide range of racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic communities. The communities include Birmingham, Dearborn, Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and Warren.

Students engage in over 120 hours of program experiences between August and May including a summer orientation retreat. Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes or misconceptions they hold and work to build relationships across divisions. They are also challenged to refine their leadership skills and are given opportunities to apply those skills in a variety of settings.

Duration:
August – April
Every Second Wednesday of each month;
7:45 am – 3:00 pm (students are excused from school to participate)

Graduation is the first Sunday in May.

For More Information
Contact Amy Costello
Call: 313.494.4565
Email: amy.costello@focushope.edu

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