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Eleanor’s March4HOPE 2020

Focus: HOPE Heroes for Hope 2020

Founded after the 1967 Detroit civil unrest by Father William Cunningham & Eleanor Josaitis

Detroit was still smoldering from the 1967 civil unrest when a small band of people, led by Father William T. Cunningham and Eleanor M. Josaitis, pledged to unite a community that was sharply divided on racial and economic lines.


In partnership with federal and state agencies, we provide 41,000 low income seniors with monthly food packages to help them meet basic needs. We also provide opportunities to obtain health screenings, income support, tax preparation and utility assistance.

Light for HOPE Tribute

Food Center

Commodity Supplemental Food Program, established in 1971, provides a free monthly food supplement to 41,000 people in need.


Our education and workforce development programs prepare individuals for success when competing for jobs. We offer a holistic approach to individuals looking to jumpstart their careers. Our programs are scholarship based and FREE to most students.

Tree Trim Academy

DTE in partnership with Focus: HOPE, IBEW, and The City of Detroit have come together to support DTE’s Tree Trim Academy. Learn more about the tree trim profession now!

Workforce Development 2021

How can Focus: HOPE’s Workforce Development change your life? Watch here and learn more on our Job Training page now!

Earn & Learn Graduates Fall/Winter 2017

Our Earn & Learn Graduates are now at U.S. Truck Driver Training School training to earn their CDL. All tuition is FREE thanks to Meritor, Inc. If you or you know someone interested in this program, call 313-494-4435 today!

Success Story: Lester Mitchell

Lester Mitchell went through Focus: HOPE’s workforce training programs and has since graduated from Wayne State University and accepted a full-time position with Ford Motor Company!

Advocacy, Equity and Community Empowerment

In recognizing 50 years of service in 2018, Focus: HOPE developed a strategic plan and renewed its standing as an antiracism organization which advocates for systems change, leverages community leadership and braids race equity into all its does.

Generation of Promise Class 30 Graduation and Capstone Showcase

Generation of Promise friends, family, and community celebrate the accomplishments of the program’s 30th Class of young leaders! Students also share their community-based Capstone Projects addressing police brutality and criminal justice reform, education justice, environmental justice, and immigration justice.

Excel Photography Fall 2016 Students

Excel Photography Program is FREE and engages Detroit middle-school students in an after-school, project-based photography and leadership development curriculum coupled with exciting field trips throughout southeastern Michigan.

“Unreadable” Focus: HOPE Freedom School

Freedom School promote the development of strong, literate, and empowered young people in Detroit’s HOPE Village.

“Take a Book Home” Focus: HOPE Freedom School

CDF Freedom Schools combat summer learning loss, a phenomenon that disproportionately affects low-income children. Instead of declining over the summer, HOPE Village CDF Freedom Schools students’ reading levels increased by an average of nine months over the course of the six-week program.

“Learning 4 Life” Focus: HOPE Freedom School

Instructors and students learning while having fun at our Freedom School.

Keep It 100!

On July 16th, 17th and 18th over 10,000 volunteers came to the HOPE Village neighborhood in Detroit to help clean up. Many of the volunteers were youth from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA) Gathering. Here’s a look at the event.

Focus: HOPE Center for Working Families

The Focus: HOPE Center for Working Families is changing the lives of individuals and families in Detroit by giving them the tools and support they need to achieve financial independence.

ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneurship Training Program

Husain Abdul-Wahaab discusses what he learned from the ProsperUS Entrepreneurship class he took at Focus: HOPE in regards to his business, Hamtramck Main Event Gym, where they specialize in a fusion of Western Fitness and Eastern Martial Arts.

In Pursuit of HOPE

This compelling film and exhibition features the shared narratives of HOPE Village residents about race, equity, and progress in the 50 years after the 1967 Detroit civil unrest.

Focus: HOPE Summer Basketball Camp Testimonial


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Dennis Archer Jr. – Heroes for Hope 2017

Senator Debbie Stabenow – Heroes for Hope 2017

Melissa Smith, from DENSO joins Focus: Hope for the Senior Food Delivery


Heroes for HOPE 50th Anniversary Celebration

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