Vision Statement


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.

Mission Statement


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.

FOCUS History


FOCUS, is a non-profit organization 501c3 located in Newark, New Jersey. FOCUS, a social services agency, provides community social services and human development services to Essex County residents.


Committed to improving the effectiveness of its communities and improving the quality of life for the City of Newark and the Essex County residents FOCUS provides the unique opportunities for individuals and families in the community to succeed and become self-sufficient.


FOCUS primarily serves the Hispanic population of Newark. New Jersey itself has the seventh largest Latino or Hispanic heritage population in the nation with roughly 1.7 million of Hispanic ethnicity (3.1% of the entire United States). New Jersey’s Hispanic population is 19% of the state’s population, making it the eighth largest statewide population nationally.


Clients served by FOCUS adult and human development programs, and children and family services are 48% Hispanic, 42% African-American heritage, 9% Caucasian and 1% as “other ethnic” heritage.


Many things have changed since FOCUS was founded, where new social challenges needed to be addressed and opportunities for growth needed to be grabbed. In the time since FOCUS was incorporated in 1967, the Essex County community of New Jersey has grown exponentially.


By providing fundamental human development services, FOCUS attempts to improve the quality of life of its increasingly diversified target population.


To accomplish our mission, FOCUS utilizes current advance technology, available professional assistance, volunteers from the business sector and institutions of higher education. Ultimately, this effort should set the pace for the collaborative groups from the non-profit sector to become less dependent on government and foundation grants, becoming more reliable in productive business endeavors.


We invite individuals as well as members of the private sector and other institutions to partner with us to help people help themselves to build and sustain a stronger, healthier community.