Focus: Hope – Study Visit Report (1998)

Focus: HOPE, a civil and human rights organization located in Detroit, Michigan, has developed practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness.

It was founded in 1968 in the wake of riots the previous year, with the goal of overcoming injustice and building racial harmony.

From its core roots in creating a food program to nourish babies, Focus: HOPE showed that under-educated inner-city children can be taught basic mathematics skills and become successful machinists.

Its activities respond to the reality of the community and its particular needs. For instance, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, established in 1971, feeds 19,000 at-risk mothers and 27,000 low-income seniors each month.

Focus: HOPE Companies supply goods and services to the automotive industry and generate about $6 million in revenues.

Other activities include Fast Track, a seven-week program to upgrade the academic skills of high school graduates and other adults to prepare them for further technical training, higher education, or employment; the Center for Advanced Technologies, which integrates hands-on manufacturing training and academic learning within a production setting; and the Arts Resource Initiative, funded by the Ford Foundation, which involves the community in a variety of workshops and other events.

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