50th Anniversary Gala

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Our 50 Year Story

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the FOCUS Churches of Albany!

In 1967 a concerned group of clergy, church members and citizens joined together to address the needs of the hungry and homeless in Albany. Recognizing that one church, or group of individuals, could not successfully address these issues alone, the FOCUS churches joined together.  Today there are six covenant churches, six interfaith food pantry affiliates, and numerous other faith communities who support the work and mission of FOCUS.

FOCUS Provided in 2016

As the needs of our community have grown, so have the array of services.

●  The Breakfast Program (opened in 1984), served an average of 104 individuals three days a week during the cold months and 51 twice a week during the warmer months.

●  The Interfaith Food Pantry (opened in 1976) provided meals for an average of 317 households per month.

●  Advocacy on social justice issues to end hunger and poverty.

●  Equipped over 150 children with school supplies in the fall.
●  “Gardening in a Bucket for Kids” to promote healthy eating habits by learning to grow their own vegetables.

Make a Difference

In this current climate of fiscal uncertainty, FOCUS is asking for your support.
Together, FOCUS works to lift and sustain the most vulnerable among us.  Your investment in FOCUS helps to strengthen our entire community.

FOCUS will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Sophia’s Church, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany and we look forward to sharing this milestone with you.

FOCUS has strengthened our community for a half century, and we will need its continuing presence. Your support is essential.

“They need LOVE” Answer to what plants need to grow

Gardening in a Bucket Student

“I feel safe here. I haven’t felt safe in a long time.”

Food Pantry Guest

“You gotta fuel your tank”.

Breakfast Club Guest

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FOCUS has strengthened our community for a half century, and we will need its continuing presence. Your support is essential.  

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