Since 1968, Focus: HOPE has advocated for systems change and integrating racial equity in all it does. Each of our four programs are supported by financial literacy assistance,  the Accounting Aid society, utility payment assistance and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Focus: HOPE will continue its work to disrupt racism and break the cycle of generational poverty in Southeast Michigan by supporting communities and advocating for systems change

Race, Advocacy and Equity

Focus: HOPE is a leader in anti-racism 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. We confront root causes to racial disparities through neighborhood empowerment, by organizing regional partnerships and by educating decision makers to address inequitable policies and practices.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Requirements: Participants of Generation of Promise must be enrolled in one of our partner schools. Students complete the application as a sophomore and participate in the program during their junior year of high school. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or above.