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Poetry Heals

Poetry Heals

  Danyla (alias) is a senior at Evanston High School, a participant in Family Focus Evanston's after-school programs, and an accomplished writer and poet. She has been involved with Family Focus since she was a toddler, when her mother received services. Due to...

Healing Care and Hope

Healing Care and Hope

When her partner became violent, DCFS and Family Focus were there to keep a mother and her children together. This is just one of thousands of stories where Family Focus promotes parent success, thriving children, and community healing.

Remembering Bernice Weissbourd

Remembering Bernice Weissbourd

Bernice Weissbourd, 99, a researcher and advocate who built on her experience as a Head Start teacher to become a national leader in promoting the critical role of families in their children’s early childhood development, died October 12 at her home in Evanston IL.

Celebrating Generations of Impact

Celebrating Generations of Impact

On Saturday, August 27th the City of Evanston honored Family Focus Youth Leader, JoAnn Avery, by naming part of Simpson Street JoAnn Avery Way, in celebration of her 40 years of service to Evanston’s children and youth. Evanston Council Member Bobby Burns represented the city in bestowing the honor. “It was a very emotional day for me,” Miss JoAnn reflected. “It was surreal. I’ve been here a long time. But this, this was never, ever in my wildest dreams.”

The Arevalo Family

The Arevalo Family

In April 2020, the Arevalo family was blessed with the arrival of identical triplets! Three more girls, along with their first daughter who is 7 years old, keep mom, dad, and grandmother busy, with assistance from Family Focus Highland Park. The Arevalos had only...

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