September 2018 FOCUS OC Update, as of 9/22/18
Background: FOCUS Orange County (OC) is focusing on the poor and needy with food insecurity. We are one of nine FOCUS centers operating across the country. As our partnerships with our sister Orthodox Christian churches grow, we are expanding.
Our FOCUS Mission Statement: As an expression of Christ’s love, FOCUS North America serves the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned by providing Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter.
- We have increased our Orthodox involvement from two to five churches and the monastery of St. Macarius
- This summer we fed approximately 2700 meals to needy school children, families and neighbors in Westminster. We were blessed with volunteers from our Churches, and thankful for cooking support from St. Luke in Garden Grove.
- We’ve started distributing food baskets to our needy families through the assistance of the Orange County Food Bank on a monthly/bi-weekly basis.
- Our partnership with the Westminster Family Resource Center (W-FRC) continues to grow.
- Mark church donated 25 backpacks full of school supplies for the needy children.
- We provide a Food Pantry on the last Sunday of each month at the Valencia Inn in Anaheim.
- We were selected by one of our churches to receive ½ of the proceeds from their summer fundraiser.
- Our volunteers provide noon meals on Wednesday’s and Friday’s, at John Marshall Park in Anaheim.
Donations to FOCUS are significantly multiplied. Several grants are in process to add paid staff and expanded operations. For every $Dollar donated to FOCUS OC, we acquire approximately 17-20 pounds of food.
Advisory Group: Our FOCUS OC Advisory Group meets every six weeks at Orthodox Churches. Our next meeting will be at St. Mark in Irvine. Check on our Facebook site for the announcement. We are seeking two representatives from each OC Orthodox Church to provide leadership to our program and recruit/coordinate volunteers.
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Blasko Paraklis, Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, Irvine.
FOCUS OC Contact Info: Email; OrangeCounty@FOCUSNA.org, Facebook; FOCUS Orange County, Web: https://focusnorthamerica.org/centers/orange-county/;