Mission: Family Focus helps Chicago-area families living in low-income communities to give their children the best possible start in life. We do whatever it takes to help families gain the confidence and skills to be the parents they want to be.
Results: Last year we served 20,000 people through direct service and referrals. We partner with families to help them access the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient. This partnership approach differs from the usual social service model and makes the participant invest in their own success, thereby creating long-term change.
Target demographics: Our target beneficiaries are children 0-5 years old, but to impact that age demographic you must first target the family unit.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Young children, immigrants, teen parents, fathers.
Geographic areas served: Chicagoland area including Aurora, Cicero, DuPage, Englewood, Evanston, Hermosa, Highwood, Lawndale, and Melrose Park
Programs: Family Focus concentrates on the needs of young children (0 -5 years) but provides services to children of all ages. Their community-based support services build upon families’ inherent strengths and help young children by providing their families with the skills and support they need to thrive - principles of the Family Support Movement. Family Focus proactively customizes programs to the needs of the communities served. These community specific programs are culturally appropriate to ensure the best outcomes. With a strong focus on the needs of infants and their families, they address the unique issues faced by parents with young children, pregnant and parenting teens, grandparents raising grandchildren, estranged fathers and families exposed to violence. The specific needs of immigrant families are also addressed with a comprehensive range of programs and services. In addition, Family Focus helps families connect to a wide range community services and health care providers and provides after-school programs for children in 40 Chicago-area schools.
I am a donor to Family Focus because I am impressed by the mission and work of the organization. Having met a number of Family Focus' program managers and center directors, I find them dedicated, intelligent, and welcoming. I believe helping people living in low-income communities is important to all of us and that Family Focus does this work well.