Who they are
Focus: HOPE was co-founded by William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis in 1968 to unite a community that was sharply divided along racial and economic lines. Since that time, Focus: HOPE has grown to become a nationally renowned civil and human rights organization diligently working to bridge the racial and economic divides in Detroit.
What they do
Focus: HOPE has a number of educational programs to help local students earn certificates, gain hands-on experience through apprenticeships, and pursue various college degree programs. Focus: HOPE is also working to create 100 blocks in the heart of Detroit where 100% of residents will be economically self-sufficient in a safe and supportive environment. Finally, the food and nutrition programs run by Focus: HOPE provide nutritious food to 43,000 senior citizens.
Why they do it
Focus: HOPE is dedicated to implementing intelligent and practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness that have persisted for decades in Detroit. In order to meet their mission, they have developed numerous projects that focus on education, neighborhood revitalization, and nutrition.
While in Detroit, the SStS group will work with Focus: HOPE, as well as other non-profit partners, on programs targeting hunger and homelessness. Participants will explore a unique apartment complex for formerly homeless individuals, distribute food to those in need, and support an innovative urban farm.