Resources for community empowerment, growth, and self-sufficiency in Essex County, New Jersey

Helping People Help Themselves

FOCUS will provide innovative quality services and programs employing state-of-the art technology for all constituencies.  We will strive to become financially independent as an agency and will collaborate with other organizations to strengthen existing synergies resulting in the best possible services for our clients. FOCUS will cultivate and nurture staff to ensure continued organizational growth and development.



 As a global concern about the current COVID-19 outbreak grows, we are doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Graphic. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario “Charo” Gutierrez)



FOCUS Family Success Center

Provides a warm and welcoming home-like environment that provides family friendly activities and resources within communities to strengthen families and empowering them to succeed.  Services include: Immediate basic needs (food, clothing, diapers, hygiene items, etc.); Information and referral services (connection to off-site public and private resources); Life skills; Employment related; Housing related assistance; Parent education and Parent-child activities; Family health; Advocacy. For more information please contact Program Director Ana Chavarria at 973-624-2528 Ext. 114 (P) or (E) and or Volunteer and Community Partnership Coordinator Rosa Rosario at 973-624-2528 Ext. 112 (P) or (E).


Food Pantry

NJ Food Bank and FOCUS offer food pantry every Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.  to 12:00 p.m.  For more information please contact Family Partner Jaqueline Huapaya at 973-624-2528 Ext. 126 (P) or  (E).


Emergency Assistance

Limited temporary assistance is given to individuals facing an emergency or crisis.  Individuals who qualify receive rental assistance for qualifying individuals and food packages and/or food vouchers. For information contact  Ana Chavarria at 973-624-2528 Ext. 114 (P) or at (E).            


FOCUS Hispanic Seniors Program

The Hispanic Senior employees continue to provide services to the most vulnerable clients within our community.   The employees deliver meals to over 300 clients, 7 days a week.  Also, art and crafts supplies and fliers are distributed to each of the seniors to provide nutritional and educational information on how to protect themselves, and the importance of staying home to be safe during this epidemic.  Wellness calls with referrals and counseling for other services are continuously being provided. For more information please contact Program Coordinator Maria Manangao at 973-624-2528 Ext. 140 (P) or (E). 


Education Programs

All face to face English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes have transitioned to online learning. Students have access to Google Classroom and other online learning resources to assist in the development of the English literacy skills necessary to obtain and retain employment.  For more information please contact Education Specialist, Ana Lissett Vera at 973-624-2528 Ext. 119 (P) or (E).


Adult Protective Services

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adult Protective Services (APS) has returned to working in the field to service vulnerable adults that are defined as those 18+ who reside in a community setting, lack sufficient understanding or capacity to make/ or carryout decisions concerning their well-being due to mental or physical disabilities, and are subject to abuse, neglect or exploitation. Support services are being put in place to assist and intervene with those in need in Essex County. Visits are now resumed but are first COVID-19 screened. Referrals can be made to the APS hotline by calling the hotline at 1-866-903-6287. For more information please contact Program Coordinator/ Case Management Supervisor Janel Bell at 973-624-2528 Ext. 134 (P) or (E).


Youth Development Program

The FOCUS Nita M. Lowey 21CCLC After-School Program at Cleveland Elementary School, Lincoln School, and Sussex Avenue School has resumed in-person programming in an effort to continue servicing the students and families in 3rd to 8th grades.  It is our goal to serve as a resource and aide to help our scholars with their homework, as well as with fun yet educational activities that can be done while social distancing. For more information please contact Program Director Dorine Francis at 973-624-2528 Ext. 144 (P) or via (E).


Provide community leadership by developing a variety of health and human development initiatives which advance the community toward self-sufficiency, growth, empowerment, and a better quality of life.