Our Mission

Six covenant churches, four faith affiliates, and two faith partners, doing together what we cannot do alone. United in a common calling to respond to our neighbor’s needs in the city of Albany and beyond, as God’s servant people in a broken and hurting world.

Upcoming Events of Interest

Building the Beloved Community: Racism & Beyond

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - April 29 @ 3:30 pm

Muslim Soup Kitchen Day

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fires in the Mirror

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get Your Ticket(s) for Building the Beloved Community: Racism & Beyond

Recent Posts

Thoughts on Building the Beloved Community: Racism & Beyond

April 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Thoughts on Building the Beloved Community: Racism & Beyond

Some thoughts on: BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: Racism and Beyond Facilitated by Sisters Patty Chappell and Anne-Louise Nadeau Friday Night April 28, 2017 from 7 to 9pm at the First Church in Albany Saturday April

Fresh Produce at the Food Pantry

March 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Fresh Produce at the Food Pantry

What a blessing for an especially cold March. Pineapples at the FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry for our guests!

FOCUS Board Comptroller Needed

March 25th, 2017|Comments Off on FOCUS Board Comptroller Needed

After many years of service our current FOCUS Comptroller, Richard Moneymaker, is retiring at the end of May. We are looking for a volunteer who can do the following: Work alongside Richard during the month

2017 IN-FOCUS Newsletter.

February 15th, 2017|Comments Off on 2017 IN-FOCUS Newsletter.

WINTER 2017 Newsletter The In-FOCUS Newsletter including the 2016 Annual Report is ready for you to read!

Compassionate Communications: The Basics

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Compassionate Communications: The Basics

Compassionate Communication: The Basics How do I live the values of love, understanding, peace or justice in my community, in my family, in my workplace, in my world? How do I put into practice loving my

FOCUS 2016 Annual Report

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on FOCUS 2016 Annual Report

The FOCUS Churches 2016 Annual report is here for you to read.

“Right-Sized” Grocery Store Siena Handout

Over 40,000 people each month rely on food pantries in the Capital Region. The FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry provides families from the Capital Hill, Center Square, Hudson, Washington and Park South neighborhoods, and beyond, with a 6-day supply of food.

Families may visit the pantry twice each month. In addition to a balanced and nutritious food package, the pantry provides personal care items, fresh fruit, vegetables, and milk vouchers. The Interfaith Food Pantry also helps households by supplying information about additional community resources such as job training, housing, healthcare, food stamps, WIC and nutrition education. Guests are also provided with advocacy and referral services.

Food Pantry
Volunteer at the Food Pantry

Food. Nutrition. Empowerment. Hospitality -for body and soul.

The FOCUS Winter Breakfast Program provides a hot meal and a bag lunch to 300-400 people a week during the coldest months of the year. Open Tuesday through Thursday from November to April, the breakfast is staffed by volunteers who cook, serve, clean, and engage the guests in conversation. Breakfast guests are all ages, though the great majority of them are adults and seniors.

Volunteers are welcome! The volunteer slot is from 6:30 am-9:15 am on Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Thursdays. FOCUS is always seeking new volunteers to join the crew. Tasks include: Dishwashing, floating, buffet service, coffee making, cleanup, and sandwich handout. Please fill out a volunteer application and agreement and submit them to Volunteer Coordinator Belinda at belindaq@focuschurches.net or mail to: FOCUS Churches of Albany, 275 State Street, Albany NY 12210.  Click here to download the Volunteer Opportunities Handbook and the Volunteer Opportunities page.

Winter Breakfast Program
Volunteer at Winter Breakfast

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