To build better communities by strengthening families.
For over twenty-three years Focus Points Family Resource Center has assisted low-income families in northeast Denver and for the last ten years has concentrated its efforts in the heavily Latino neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea (GES). We have also expanded services for immigrants and refugees in GES, Aurora, and Montbello areas.
The need for Focus Points' programs is greater than ever. According to a 2014 Community Needs study provided by the Denver Office of Economic Development nearly half of all GES residents do not possess a high school diploma, 12% of residents are unemployed and a reported 38% of GES families live in poverty. Data provided by Denver's Office of Children's Affairs' shows that over 95% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. According to Denver Public Schools, more than half of third graders in GES are not proficient in reading.
These barriers, coupled with the major redevelopment and infrastructure projects, such as I-70 construction and National Western Complex redevelopment, are creating even more uncertainty for residents.
Focus Points understands the many challenges families face when working to achieve educational and economic goals. It is this understanding, combined with community input, that serves as the basis for the organizations' array of strength-based, wrap-around programs. In a child care desert, early childhood education services include in-home visitation and family literacy, and quality care for children of parents participating in Focus Points' classes. Parenting, healthy relationship and mental health services help families in develop habits and skills that lead to stronger families. Adult Education and English Language Acquisition programs are accessible to families due to their affordability, childcare, varied schedules, and included transportation. The organization's Family Development and Workforce Specialists provide case management and soft skill job training curriculum. As part of the Workforce program, Focus Points launched its first social enterprise in 2016: Comal Heritage Food Incubator offering on-the-job training while simultaneously allowing participants to earn an income. All programs offered by Focus Points are in direct response to community need and are created with the input of community members.