Someone needs to update that map.
(Antiochian) – After months of planning and fundraising, a FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve) Center is officially being established in Houston, Texas.
A pregnancy and family resource center, FOCUS Houston will offer CARE:
Community Building: baby showers, social events, birthday parties;
Assistance: referrals to and from partner nonprofits;
Resources: clothes, car seats, formula, diapers, food; and
Education: classes for mothers, tutoring for kids.
Following a kickoff meeting at the end of May which was attended by over fifty people, FOCUS assembled a local Exploratory Committee of two dozen local faithful to help research programs, identify a location, and begin raising funds for the new Center. With its official designation as a Center, FOCUS Houston will transition its Exploratory Committee to an Advisory Board and begin the search for a Center Director.
FOCUS Houston will address the needs of expectant mothers and young families. Right now, 27.6% of homes in Houston are run by a single parent and 19.5% of Houstonians live in poverty. As a result, generations of families are trapped in a cruel cycle of poverty. FOCUS Houston will respond to the call to labor and strive with those who are suffering by providing resources for struggling families and a community where they experience Christ’s love.
Please pray for this new ministry in FOCUS and for the many people it will ultimately serve.