Detroit Athletic Club Donates Executive Clothing to Focus: HOPE

For the past 6 years, the Detroit Athletic Club has collected professional clothing among its members and donated them to our organization. We have been able to give these pieces of clothing to our students who are soon entering the professional workforce.

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“I have a history of working in the Detroit community, and the DAC is proud to work with Focus: HOPE and this particular initiative that helps create self-esteem and self worth for for the people returning to work,” said Brenda Schneider, DAC Community Outreach Committee Member.

In total, the Detroit Athletic Club donated 776 items of executive clothing for our students.

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In order to prepare our students for the workforce, we enforce a dress code. Students who are unable to meet this dress code are able to find clothes in our student clothes closet, where these items will be going. Thanks to organizations like the DAC, our closet contains sports coats, dresses, pencil skirts, suits and more of all sizes for both male and females.

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Thank you Detroit Athletic Club, from everyone at Focus: HOPE.

As you know, we are a nonprofit organization that relies on generous donors like you to keep our doors open for those we serve. Please consider making a donation today and remember that one donation to Focus: HOPE, changes an entire generation.

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Proud to be an Ambassador for NEideas Challenge Grant

New Economy Initiative Seeks Applicants for $400,000 in Awards through the NEIdeas Small Business Challenge

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We are a proud Ambassador of the NEIdeas Small Business Challenge and welcome all applicants to our information session on May 8, 2017.

What’s the challenge? Challenge to award $400,000 in cash prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park for their ideas for growth. Application period is open May 1-June 1 (11:59 p.m.).

The New Economy Initiative (NEI) announced today that it will begin accepting applications on May 1 for its fourth annual NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth challenge, which will award a total of $400,000 to more than 20 existing small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park for their ideas for growth.

Applications can be submitted online at NEIdeasDetroit.org between May 1 and June 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Small business owners can learn more about NEIdeas and receive tips on filling out an application at our information session on May 8, 2017!

– 5/8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Focus:HOPE (1400 Oakman Blvd., Detroit, MI 48238)

Make sure to mention you were referred by Focus: HOPE! 

Click here to Register for the Information Session

Click Here for Program Guidelines

Want to know more about our information session? Contact Judith Williams, Manager, Neighborhood and Economic Revitalizations at judith.williams@focushope.edu or 313-494-4351.

Congratulations to our Earn & Learn Graduates of Fall 2016!

13 individuals on path towards pursing their dreams

Everyone we know wants to be happy, but what does being happy really mean? It means something different to almost everyone. For many, being happy is being able to go to school and study the field of their choice, raising a family and giving them the best life possible, being able to make enough money to travel and see the world, following your dreams, making your family proud, but most importantly, making yourself proud. Many people wish for the things that they know will make them happy but are stalled in advancing their dreams due to some of life’s unfortunate circumstances.  For example, HOPE Village, the neighborhood surrounding our 32-acre campus, has a population where 50% of residents live at or below the poverty line; and fewer than 10% have an associate’s degree or higher. As part of our HOPE Village Initiative, our goal is to that by the year 2031, 100% of those residents will be educationally well-prepared, economically self-sufficient and living in a safe and supportive environment.

Here at Focus: HOPE, we make sure that no matter where you are in life, educationally, economically or socially, you are being provided opportunities that will better your future and lead you on a path towards happiness and independence.

Our Earn & Learn program, which is one out of our many Workforce Development & Education programs, is designed to help individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 in the Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park areas, obtain work skills, set and achieve education goals, and gain work experience. Students who complete the program can expect to obtain skills and education that prepares them for careers in information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics/distribution or construction based on their personal interests. Students are not required to have a GED or High School diploma to enroll. The fields that Earn & Learn focus on were chosen based on the Metro Detroit economy, numbers of jobs in those fields, and the fact that they offer a salary that provides a good life with opportunity for advancement.

Just a few weeks ago, we had 13 individuals from the Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park area graduate from our Earn & Learn program. These individuals are now on a path to ensuring that their future is bright by reaching their full potential and being empowered to pursue their dreams.

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Since graduating, they all have plans to, or have already begun, furthering their education.

1-1-of-1Gemarro McDaniel started his Certified Driver’s License training at U.S. Truck Driving School on November 9, 2016.

“The skills that this class taught me, I will use for the rest of my life.” said Germarro McDaniel.

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Antuan Mitchell is starting our Fast Track program this coming January, 2017. The coursework in Fast Track stresses academics, time management, teamwork, workplace ethics, and conflict resolution.  Students have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized certification from the International Business Training Association in Customer Service.

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Robski Neal began Construction Readiness Training at Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation on November 14, 2016.

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Martin Nelson will begin training at our Machinist Training Institute this coming January, 2017.

“I leaned things here that I never expected to learn from Focus: HOPE,” said Martin Nelson. “The things we have learned from the staff are priceless.”

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Paul Peddy has already begun our Tech Hire program. Tech Hire is a partnership between the City of Detroit, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Grand Circus, Southwest Solutions and Focus: HOPE. The training includes soft skills, academics, computer and career exploration. It is 300 hours of IT-career specific training over a 10-week period.

“Once I am finished with Tech Hire, I am going into the ITC program at Focus: HOPE that will start this coming January,” said Paul Peddy.  “I had a vision for what I wanted to do after high school, but the staff here helped me further that vision and build out a plan to put it into action, thank you.”

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Siara Sellers began Construction Readiness Training at Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation on November 14, 2016.

“I was the only woman in this class,” said Siara Sellers. “Thank you to the staff and students for making it so comfortable for me and allowing me to pursue my dreams.”

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Shaquille Williams began his Certified Driver’s License training at U.S. Truck Driving School on November 9, 2016.

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Markese Greer also began his Certified Driver’s License training at U.S. Truck Driving School on November 9, 2016.

“Thank you to the staff for all of the wisdom you shared with us,” said Markese Greer. “Everyone, including my class mates, pushed me to reach my full potential and the staff even helped me fix my credit score.”

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Bilal Bell-Muhammad is beginning the Grand Circus Experience IT Program through the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation this January, 2017.

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Raynard Phillips is also beginning the Grand Circus Experience IT Program through the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation this January, 2017.

“What I have learned through Earn & Learn, gave me confidence that I never had before,” said Raynard Phillips. “If this class is a view into our future, I know we are all going to be successful.”

Not Pictured:

Gregory Holden started his Certified Driver’s License training at U.S. Truck Driving School on November 9, 2016.

Mystical Williams is training at our Machinist Training Institute this coming January, 2017.

Malik Lyles began the Diesel Mechanic Repair Program at Detroit Department of Transportation on November 14, 2016.

We are so proud of our Earn & Learn graduates and can’t wait to watch them succeed and pursue their dreams. If you wish to find out more information about any of our Workforce Development & Education programs, please go to www.focushope.edu or contact 313.494.4300.