Family Focus

Founded in 1976 by Bernice Weissbourd, Family Focus consisted of one drop-in center in Evanston, with a small staff and volunteer base. Ms. Weissbourd, an early childhood educator who recognized that the first years of a child's life are critical to their future capacity for learning, created Family Focus to provide support for young children and their families when and where it was needed. Family Focus grew rapidly, both in the number of communities and families served and in the variety of support services offered. Family Focus establishes centers in communities facing high unemployment, school dropout, teen pregnancy, and crime rates to provide a stabilizing force and help children, families and communities grow healthy and strong together. Today, Family Focus has seven direct service centers in the Chicago neighborhoods of Englewood, Hermosa, and Lawndale, and the nearby communities of Aurora, Cicero, Evanston, and Highland Park where 200 staff provide 11,000 participants with ongoing programming and supp

Purpose: for support of direct assistance to persons needing emergency relief services

Purpose: to support deepened services in the Nuestros Ni_os program