FOCS featured in the Seattle Globalist!

12/29/2014

Questions of how do we support children of color to be compassionate and successful?  Where can parents connect with others about raising multi-racial children? How do you raise bi-lingual children?  Where can I find other brown skin children for my child to play with?  How do I raise my Black son as a White mother? Parents find space to dialogue on these areas in our FOCS Parent groups city-wide.

Great article by our sister organizers at the Seattle Globalist, a daily publication covering the connections between Seattle and the rest of the globe.  It’s where Seattle meets the world.  The mission is to elevate diverse voices through media.  Read more here!

Cornerstone Cafe cheers!

12/10/2014

FOCS recently became a 501c3 non-profit with fiscal sponsorship by our sister agency,
Open Arms Perinatal Services.  With their support, we finally birthed our newest baby, CORNERSTONE CAFE!With great community support, seed money from the Helios Foundation and our 90+ donors, we launched Cornerstone Cafe and opened our doors October 15, 2014!  We’ve had over 100 families & 125 children in our first seven weeks visit Cornerstone Cafe!  

Cornerstone Cafe proudly offers cultural arts classes, FREE play space, low-cost drop-in childcare and a community cafe! Our eleven FOCS 7 southend newborn moms gather weekly and make good connections, discuss RICE (race, identity, culture & ethnicity) and share baby experiences.  

Everyday, children make new friends and parents feel engaged in the community at Cornerstone Cafe!  COME PLAY WITH US!  

$15,000 raised in two months through crowd-funding & community love for Cornerstone Cafe!

12/10/2014

Congratulations to our FOCS community!FOCS Indiegogo Cornerstone Cafe launch raised $2000 at our Open House November 15, 2014 with 25 families ranging from nations and cultures of Cameroon- Taiwan- Columbia- Korea- Hawaii- South Africa- England- Haiti- Texas- Chicago- MN- Philippines- Mexico- Russia- Seattle- Belize- China- Whidbey Island- The Bay Area- Argentina – African American- White Americans, El Salvador, to name a few…

Our successful crowd funding campaign of 100+ contributions total an incredible $15,000 in our six- week fundraising campaign!!!

Huge hugs and gratitude to Katherine Fitzpatrick & Stoneway Technologies for pro-bono services of hundreds of hours launching our indiegogo campaign and IT management throughout.  She’s constructing our new almost ready-to- launch FOCS website (with the skills of DAD FOCS Pete & Hoby)!

And our HATS off to AJ Beard, our Project Manager extraordinaire for opening our “curtains” to Cornerstone Cafe!  From interfacing Collaboratory facilities and staff, directing Quality Control Assurance and even sewing curtains, building shelving for our build-out to overseeing our CAFE food & catering!  And AJ has taken on training me, the founder and visionary, Budget & Accounting & training our ED, Board & volunteers under her mother bird wing!

We are grateful and driven to the highest levels of excellence with the heart and professionalism by these two incredible beautiful Black women, our sisters.  We are so so fortunate for their gifts to FOCS.

FOCS is at a wonderful momentum and making a deep impression into the fold of Seattle’s changing culture.

We are in awe of the faith and mobilizing in our community.  We deeply appreciate your commitment to the mission, participation and creating the buzz!

Thank you so much, join us at Cornerstone Cafe and come play with us!
VOLUNTEERS are the heartbeat of Cornerstone Cafe, come along for the adventure.