Saint Louis University Community Partner Profile
Organization Name:

FOCUS Gateway City

Contact Person: Eric Shanburn
Address: 1901 Ann Ave.
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Email Address:

Category: Adult Education / Homelessness
Internships Available?: Yes
Transportation Needed?: Yes

Mission Statement/Objectives:


FOCUS North America is a faith-based national organization that works to transform the lives of the homeless and working poor in America. FOCUS has operations and programs in 30 cities across the United States. All of FOCUS North America’s services are provided without discrimination of any kind and we do not require any faith commitment from anyone we help. What makes FOCUS different is our commitment to help people through the creation and development of community support networks. Most of the people who receive help at FOCUS come from generations of poverty, neglect and a lack of support. FOCUS creates a comprehensive support network that gives people opportunities and support through all phases of their transition from lives of dependency to self-sufficiency.


Service Opportunities:


FOOD: Volunteer help for our Sunday Suppers that occur on Sundays  between the 2nd and 21st of every month. Volunteers arrive 3:30pm and stay until 6:30pm. Volunteer help with coordinating food drives in churches and businesses for our bi-weekly food pantry at flexible hours. Volunteer help with food recovery, sorting, storage and prep for meals on Tuesday and Thursdays. Help with work in our Community Gardens, hours flexible.

OCCUPATION: Admin and food prep/meal help for our men’s programs on most Thursdays and/or Fridays. Social worker help for working with our men’s programs on most Fridays and Mondays.

CLOTHING: Coordinating and Admin help for our Operation: Lace Up! (new shoes for children). Sorting help for general clothing donations bi-weekly on Tuesdays.

UNDERSTANDING: Social worker help for meeting with families on a case work basis, hours flexible.

SHELTER: Volunteer help coordinating workdays around our men’s transition house and community garden.


Volunteer Pre-Requisites:

- Interview
- Orientation
Directions from SLU: