Family Focus consistently reviews the needs of their clients and tweaks their programming needs to meet the needs of the community they serve. The staff always has a can do attitude and will find the resources when possible for their clients. It's always a pleasure to collaborate or provide programs with this organization. Nora Barquin goes out of her way to work with many organizations to bring resources to her clients as well as helping organizations that have programs reach the clients.
I have watched many youth flourish as a result of the programs that are brought to the community. Family members are able to live productive lives because barriers are removed because of this caring organization.
Family Focus Aurora serves families in the community with many different programs offered to the Aurora area. Are variety of programs assist families who are interested in youth programs, Healthy Families program, Parents As Teachers program, Family Advocacy Program, Immigration services, Illinois Welcoming Center and many more programs that reach out to our community. Families in the Aurora community feel positive to reach out to us and assist low-income/high risk families.
As a fellow non-profit organization collaborator, I've worked with Family Focus Lawndale in helping to promote heart healthy lifestyles and providing resources to the community. Individual empowerment is evident in what they do for residents every day. Their employees are dedicated and do function truly as family, not as "employees" in the usual sense. I find it rewarding to work with them and observe some of the programs they offer. Great organization and a great asset to the community - keep it strong!
This organization practices unethical standards. Many of their reports to funders are false such as to DHS, CPS, and ISBE PI programs. Money in the form of gift cards were kept by the center directer for many many years. Documents were falsified stating that the 100.00, 50.00, and 200.00 gift cards were give to participants and they were not. So called signed verification sheets stating that participants received gift cards were marked in by staff that this money was received by them. A binder was created and given to Inc accountant Tarita Anderson was created and have in it that participants received gift cards and they did not. A very very small percentage maybe. I know because I created the binder under the direction of Lawndale's center director. Those cards were kept by the center director. I was there. This went on for over three years. Food purchased from Sams Club was food given to employee, center. director's mother, aunts and other family members.
Merri Ex 12/26/2012
Family Focus is a high quality agency that serves children, families and communities through seven centers in the Chicago area. Family Focus is also audited continuously by four separate government agencies in addition to an independent audit by McGladrey, a high-profile local accounting firm, to ensure that we adhere to the strictest financial standards. We often use gift cards in our programs, and they are carefully tracked by the finance team. We hope that the comments of one disgruntled former employee will not reflect poorly on the good work of all Family Focus staff, who work tirelessly on behalf of our program participants. Family Focus takes all such criticism seriously and we encourage this commenter to contact us to clear up any misunderstandings that may have led to these allegations.
Review from Guidestar