In 1968, Father William Cunningham (1930–1997) and Eleanor Josaitis (1931-2011) co-founded Focus: HOPE, an organization dedicated to intelligent and practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness. Together, they adopted the following 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. Black and white, yellow, brown and red from Detroit and its suburbs of every economic status, national origin and religious persuasion we join in this covenant." —Adopted March 8, 1968
Since our modest beginning 45 years ago, we have grown to become a nationally renowned civil and human rights organization diligently working to bridge the racial divide in southeast Michigan through our
- Food program
- Career training and education programs
- HOPE Village Initiative
Since our modest beginning 48 years ago, we have grown to become a nationally-renowned, civil and human rights organization diligently working to bridge the economic divide in Southeastern Michigan through our numerous Education, Food and Community programs.
Effective August 8, 2016 we will be under new leadership. Focus: HOPE CEO, Jason D. Lee comes to our organization bringing a renewed focus and energy that will have a lasting impact for generations to come. “The work of Focus: HOPE is as relevant today as it was when the organization was founded in 1968,” Lee said. “Focus: HOPE is a model for the nation; I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this Michigan asset that is making an impact in the lives of this great community.” We are looking forward to a positive, innovative future of working with him to achieve our goal of eliminating poverty, racism and injustice.
To learn more about our history and the community we serve, watch the video below: