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Focus Points Family Resource Center

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Focus Points programming continues to address our community's basic needs like English and digital literacy classes, food access, rent, utilities, and employment.

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COVID-19 Response

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

With the unprecedented request for basic needs, the demand for Focus Points' services has increased by 62%. The organization has pivoted its programming, committing all of its resources to address our community's basic needs like food access, rent, utilities, and employment. Focus Points is responding to this crisis as a founding member of Denver Metro Emergency Food Network, has delivered 615,000 free meals since March 18, 2020. In addition to assistance with basic needs, our Adult Ed and Parenting programs have transitioned to hybrid platforms.

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Comal Heritage Food Incubator

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Comal Heritage Food Incubator is a social enterprise program that supports immigrant and refugee aspiring entrepreneurs transform their heritage recipes into their own food businesses. Program participants receive training in entrepreneurship and the culinary arts, and are supported through the process of launching their own businesses. This program offers paid, on the job training and operates a lunch service restaurant and catering services.

Comal was recently featured on CNN's Champions for Change and in The New York Times list of "America's Favorite Restaurants: Where We're Most Excited to Eat This Year."

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Family Development

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Description

Focus Points offers parenting/healthy relationship classes for couples and families to develop habits that lead to stronger families, as well as community programs in healthy living, nutrition, gardening, and exercise. In addition, referrals are offered to agencies that help families deal with domestic violence, substance abuse, and other issues. Focus Points' staff is trained to enroll families in the CHP+ and Medicaid health care programs and provide support in connecting to resources, services, and tools needed to become self-reliant. Throughout the pandemic, Focus Points has distributed almost $900,000 back into community to support direct service needs.

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Economic and Workforce Development

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Hispanics
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Focus Points prioritizes economic opportunity as a critical strategy to help participants attain long-term economic stability. During the 2021-2022 program year, Focus Points will offer job-training, industry-specific skills trainings, employment application and resume building assistance, and individualized career guidance to a minimum of 130 individuals, and secure employment for a minimum of 40 people. The program works with 54 business partners with which to match applicants to meaningful employment.

A second prong of Focus Points' workforce development approach includes two social enterprise programs, both of which incorporate an "earn-while-you-learn" model:

1. Comal Heritage Food Incubator (Comal) provides employment and training in food industry standards to promote sustainable career advancement. This enterprise provides participants with competitive wages while they prepare for careers in the culinary industry.

2. Huerta Urbana is an agricultural social enterprise which includes a central urban farm developed on the Focus Points site, and which is used to train families in local food production and distribution. Families participating in Huerta Urbana earn an hourly wage and develop long-term earning potential through acquiring technical skills, and graduate with the Colorado State University Market-Farmer training certificate.






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English Language Acquisition

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Hispanics
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Focus Points is one of the main providers of English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes in metro Denver, offering six levels of classes at a half-dozen locations, including Montbello and Aurora. Beginning in 2017, Focus Points is retooling its long-standing ELA program to include contextualized curriculum that provides students a link between what is being learned in the classroom with future career goals. Focus Points' Adult Education program also launched a digital literacy program in fall 2021 to support individuals by providing them with the tools to overcome the digital divide that has become so present throughout the pandemic.

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Early Childhood Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children birth to age 3
Families
Hispanics
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Focus Points provides three programs designed to prepare young children for kindergarten. Bilingual parent educators provide monthly home visits to Spanish- speaking families using the evidence-based Parents as Teachers (PAT) and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) curricula. The Focus Points at Mile High Learning Center is a free preschool program for children ages 3 - 5. The programs help prepare Spanish-speaking children for school by emphasizing the importance of parents reading to their children and helping children learn basic skills.

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