Why Give? The FOCUS Advocacy Effort
FOCUS Churches was founded as a cooperative effort of four Center Square congregations trying to respond to the destruction of housing in the South End, during the building of the Empire State Plaza. Many people lost their homes, their jobs and their ability to feed themselves and pay other bills. That was a crisis, demanding a crisis response.
Now, 50 years later, with six covenant congregations and 6 faith affiliates from four different religions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh), we find our Breakfast Club and the FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry are just as necessary. We are not dealing with a crisis anymore: this is a systemic problem, caused by low wages, the lack of affordable housing, the lack of jobs and education, the lack of effective assistance for those who really need it.
One of our moto’s is “Charity and justice, hand in hand.”
Giving away more and more food will not solve the problems of the poor. Charity is a necessary, but inadequate, response.
We advocate for and with our guests and neighbors, believing hunger and poverty are moral issues and government budgets are moral documents. Sadly, our public priorities are not concerned with the hungry and homeless or the single Mom working 2 part-time jobs and still not receiving a living wage (or benefits).
We offer educational and training programs for your congregation or group on hunger, economic justice, racial justice, hospitality to the poor and more!
You can be part of the solution, both by donating today and by signing up to be a FOCUS Advocate.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org