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General Purposes

Focus: HOPE

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $1,000,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2002–September 30, 2003
  • Location Detroit, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Detroit

About this grant

Since its establishment in 1968, Focus: HOPE has served thousands of low-income Detroit residents through a range of programs to alleviate poverty and promote civil rights. Programs include a remedial four-week math and reading program; a seven-week intensive program to improve math and reading skills; the Machinist Training Institute; the Center for Advanced Technologies; and the Information Technologies Center. Its food distribution program serves 45,000 families a month.Funding will enable Focus: HOPE to pursue goals that include increasing student enrollment in all of its training programs; expanding the food distribution program for those in need; improving in-program retention so that more students complete the Machinist Training Institute program and receive an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from the Center for Advanced Technologies; and strengthening operating efficiency.To date, programs have resulted in more than 2,500 people becoming licensed machinists; 5,258 people improving their reading and mathematics comprehension; 509 graduating and working in information technology positions; and 107 receiving associate’s or bachelor’s degrees from the Center for Advanced Technologies.