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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.

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Thank You, Richard Moneymaker

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Thank You, Richard Moneymaker

Richard Moneymaker has been the FOCUS Comptroller for the past 8 years: paying the bills each week, balancing the books, and reporting to the FOCUS Board every month. At his last board meeting in

Plans for the Upcoming FOCUS 50th Gala

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Plans for the Upcoming FOCUS 50th Gala

All FOCUS Churches supporters are invited to the Gala Dinner for our 50th Anniversary. Saturday, October 28, at 5 pm. We will gather at St Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Rd (between Manning Blvd

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

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!

“Right-Sized” Grocery Store Siena Handout

Upcoming Events of Interest

Piano Concert to Benefit Focus

June 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July Combined Worship

July 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

FOCUS Volunteer Picnic

July 20 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

August Combined Worship

August 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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 Breakfast Express Program provides a cold breakfast and a bag lunch to 100-150 people a week from April through November. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the breakfast is staffed by volunteers who 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 7:00 am-8:45 am on Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. 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.

Breakfast Express Program
Volunteer at Breakfast Express

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