Welcome to FOCUS

Founded in the traditions of faith and service, Family Outreach Community United Services (FOCUS) is a community based agency called to embrace people in need, bring voice to the voiceless, and restore hope and dignity to the forgotten. FOCUS fosters the skills that enable people to gain control of their lives and their futures by providing the necessary steps to emerge from homelessness and poverty, and gain economic and social stability.

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2014 Spring Luncheon

The Spring Luncheon is your opportunity to see the full impact of FOCUS.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

The FOCUS Spring Luncheon is a no-ticket event. Tables of nine can be reserved in whole, or by individual seats, through table captains. The event will include lunch, an agency overview highlighting the most recent achievements, and the opportunity to a FOCUS participant tell their inspirational story of hope and accomplishment. Attendees will have the opportunity make a contribution in support of FOCUS programs.

Hosted this year by Michael Miller - Editor in Chief, Toledo Free Press - the event takes place at:
The Park Inn, Grand Ballroom
101 North Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio
Parking is FREE at the Seagate Garage.

For more information, contact Janet Fehlen at jfehlen@bex.net, or call 419.304.0613. Hurry and make your reservation today as we expect a full house again this year. Last year’s event was a huge success, raising nearly $35,000!

• For the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, FOCUS housed 447 people, including 175 adults and 272 children

• $16 per person/per day provides hope, a home, and independence

• $104 per year purchases books and other employment supplies for one of our participants

• $52 fills a Welcome Basket with cleaning supplies, dish soap and kitchen towels for a family entering FOCUS programming

• Approximately 87% of our revenue goes directly towards programs and services

• Our Front Door Ministries served 12,000+ people during 2013, providing emergency food and referral services

• Nearly 20% of our clients are homeless because they have had the courage to leave a domestic abuse situation.

• It has been said that the strength of a community can be measured by how well it pulls together to help those in need

• At FOCUS, we provide the support that allows our participant families to overcome the hopelessness of poverty and build the foundation for a stable life

  • Hope.
  • Home.
  • Independence.
  • Perspective


FOCUS Announces Retirement of Executive Director

Grefe to Retire After Eight Years

Toledo, Ohio, January 23, 2014 – The Board of Directors of Family Outreach Community United Services (FOCUS) announces the retirement of Executive Director Kyle Grefe after eight years with the agency. Tasked with hiring a new executive director to lead the agency is a search committee led by former board president Lindsay Potts.

As Drew Masse, current FOCUS Board President, said “It is certainly with mixed emotions that the board accepts Kyle’s letter of intent to retire. Most recently, Kyle’s transformative leadership style enabled the agency to successfully implement broad changes in funding restrictions demanded by HUD, FOCUS’ primary funder. These strong leadership skills, along with her knowledge and understanding of the issues facing the homeless population of Toledo, have resulted in an agency leading the fight against homelessness here in our community. Kyle leaves behind a well-respected, extremely skilled staff and results oriented, highly performing programs.”

During 2013, FOCUS provided housing to 153 families, consisting of nearly 450 men, women, and children. In addition, FOCUS provided emergency food and other services to over 2,500 households seeking assistance. With an annual budget of $1.7 M and a staff of 17, FOCUS remains committed to the mission of ending homelessness in our community and does so with renewed hope for the future.

Founded in the traditions of faith and service, Family Outreach Community United Services (FOCUS) is a community based agency called to embrace people in need, bring voice to the voiceless, and restore hope and dignity to the forgotten. FOCUS fosters the skills that enable people to gain control of their lives and their futures by providing the necessary steps to emerge from homelessness and poverty, and gain economic and social stability. To learn how you can help a family in need, please contact Lori Quartermaine at (419) 244-2175.


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