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Focus Points is ColoradoBiz Magazine's Nonprofit of the Year

Focus Points Family Resource Center is excited to share that it has been selected by ColoradoBiz Magazine as this year’s Top Non-Profit Organization. The magazine’s annual Top Company Awards is a prestigious and competitive awards program designed to recognize Colorado’s outstanding businesses and organizations, taking into consideration financial growth, operational excellence, innovation and community impact. We are humbled and honored to be recognized in the non-profit category and are proud of our 25 years of service to the Denver community.

Focus Points Week 2020: Thank You for Making the Week a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Focus Points Week and our 25th anniversary! Our the give small BIG IMPACT campaign: a Day of Giving for Focus Points fundraiser on Monday, August 3rd raised more than $4,700. On Wednesday, August 5th, we celebrated our 25th anniversary at our Farmers Market along with our partners at Lost City Market with over 200 shoppers in attendance and seven vendors selling local produce and goods. Read more by clicking the title...

Focus Points Week 2020: Focus Points 25th Anniversary Celebration

Our second annual the give small BIG IMPACT campaign: a Day of Giving for Focus Points is right around the corner. Focus Points Week is a week-long celebration our 25th anniversary and the community we serve.

We invite you to be part of a Day of Giving by making your online donation on August 3rd. This year we are asking friends and supporters to consider a $25 for 25 donation.

Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated and all make a BIG IMPACT in our mission to build better communities by strengthening families.


Lil Fresh Sam's New RiNo Art District Murals About Injustice

The Butterfly Effect, four new murals at 3198 Blake Street, are a street-art project that encourages pedestrians to take action to stop systemic injustice. Focus Points Family Resource Center is a proud participant of the project, along with three other nonprofits...

CBS4: Globeville Farmers Market Opens Doors to Resources:

A farmers market in Globeville is hoping to grow using a unique concept of allowing patrons to pay as they can. The Lost City Market started in early July after several organizations came together and noticed that the community needed more help getting fresh affordable food during the COVID-19 pandemic...

COVID-19: Focus Points Responds

Despite the challenges we're all facing as a result of COVID-19, Focus Points continues to support our community and continue its mission to build better communities by strengthening families. Read on to see which programs are up and running...

COVID-19 Causes Focus Points and Comal Heritage Food Incubator Closure

In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis and exercising an abundance of caution, Focus Points offices will be closed from Monday, March 16 to Friday, May 8th.

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Comal Participants Share Cultural Exchange with Albania: Cultural Herstory Book

In February, current participants in Comal's learning cohort and Focus Points staff took part in an exchange with a similar program in Albania. This book is one result of the exchange. 'Cultural Herstory' highlights the stories of two diverse groups of women: one from Albania and the other originally from Mexico. This project combines the efforts of Focus Points Family Resource Center, Comal Heritage Food Incubator and CHwB Albania and is part of the World Learning's Communities Connecting Heritage. The entire project is sponsored by the US State Department.

9News: Globeville Farmers' Market Lets Customers Pay What They Can

A new farmers market invites customers to pay what they can as they shop for fresh produce and other food items. The Lost City Market opened earlier this month to the Globeville Elyria-Swansea (GES) community. It's a partnership between Focus Points Family Resource Center, Lost City Coffee shop, and East Denver Food Hub with the goal of bringing affordable access to healthy, local produce to the community. GES is described as a ‘food desert,’ meaning access to affordable, good quality and nutritious food is limited...

Univision: Compre Mercado Organico Pague Como Pueda o Llevelo Gratis

Denver es uno de los desiertos alimenticios más grandes del país, por lo que encontrar productos frescos, además de ser difícil es costoso y más en medio de una crisis como la que ha generado la pandemia, que no solo ha afectado a los compradores, sino también a los productores...

Comal's First Graduate Launches Her Own Food Truck

In the nearly three years since it opened, Comal Heritage Food Incubator has become a destination for Denverites craving a homey, hearty weekday lunch. But for the immigrant and refugee women in the kitchen, RiNo’s heritage-food incubator is a journey—one that leads toward a destination of their own making. And Erika Rojas has officially arrived at hers...

Immigrants and Refugees Finding Hope Through Food Incubator

For three years, Comal in Denver has been a place for aspiring entrepreneurs to chase their culinary dreams. “I like to cook. I enjoy it,” Comal employee Martha Ordonez said in Spanish. When the restaurant first opened, workers were a group of women from the neighborhood. Most of them were immigrants who had been living in the United States for a while...

Comal Included in List of Best Restaurants in Denver by Conde Nast Traveler magazine

Denver food writer Ruth Tobias has included Comal Heritage Food Incubator on a list of the 27 Best Restaurants in Denver, in the company of some of the city's most notable places to eat. "It looks pleasant enough, but you can't necessarily tell from a glance what makes it so special," writes Tobias. "Then again, you probably wouldn't be here in the first place if you didn't already know."

Comal and Albania Exchange Food Traditions: VIDEO

When Comal's current cohort of participants (along with Focus Points staff) took part in a cultural exchange with a similar program in Albania, the experience was translated into a film sharing the stories of two groups of women: one originally from Mexico and one from Albania. This film explores the question: What is heritage? It is traditions, recipes, song, dance, clothing, and more. It is the fabric of our identity and the importance of preserving it cannot be understated. The film shares the stories of the women of both programs and how they are preserving their history and heritage.

5280: The Lost City Launches Pay-How-You-Can Farmers' Market

Denver’s newest farmers’ market may not be the biggest or the flashiest, but it just may be one of the most important. The Lost City Market is a pay-how-you-can market that will provide fresh, healthy food to one of the city’s largest food deserts, the Globeville Elyria-Swansea neighborhood.

9 News: New Mural in RiNo Raising Money for Social Justice

9 News reports on The Butterfly Effect Murals and how they are raising funds for four participating nonprofit organizations, including Focus Points Family Resource Center...

CSU System to Break Ground on Urban Campus in 2020

A project five years in the making will soon be the Colorado State University System’s newest location in the state. As part of the National Western Center – a redevelopment project in north Denver on the grounds of the historic National Western Stock Show – the CSU System will construct three buildings at a main crossroads in Denver...

Navigating Central 70: What You Need to Know About the $1.3 Billion Project

The Central 70 Project has already started to disrupt neighborhoods—and traffic—in the Mile High City. Here’s what you can expect as the massive (and controversial) undertaking works its way toward completion over the next few years...

This Week-Long Community Building Event is Preparing Kids for the School Year

Focus Points Family Resource Center is bringing the Denver community together again with their first week-long charity event to benefit families in the Five Points and Globeville Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods...

How Food Incubators Are Training America's Next Great Immigrant and Refugee Chefs

This growing business model is helping new Americans turn their recipes into restaurants—and enriching our palates along the way...

Comal Heritage Food Incubator Hires Arden Lewis as New Executive Chef

When Tim Bender left his position as executive chef at Comal Heritage Food Incubator earlier this spring, the nonprofit restaurant, operated by Focus Points Family Resource Center, began its search for a new leader to head the restaurant, which also acts as a training program for immigrant women in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea who hope to open their own food businesses...

Nonprofit Hopes Future Urban Garden Will Help North Denver Residents Stay Put Despite Gentrification

Community leaders in north Denver neighborhoods are looking to the dirt for solutions as rents begin to rise and gentrification continues to creep into working class streets...

This Thursday, ¡Lotería! Will Benefit a Local, Family-Focused Nonprofit

This Thursday, Focus Points Family Resource Center is transforming Zeppelin Station to host a live version of the traditional Mexican Lotería game to benefit the nonprofit. This beloved game crosses generations and is one of chance. Like Monopoly or Go Fish in the US, ¡Lotería! brings families together in Latin America for a fun game that everyone can enjoy....

Denver Food Recovery Nonprofit We Don't Waste Branches Out With a Mobile Food Pantry

You have to pay attention to the details when you’re collecting millions of pounds of food from restaurants, caterers, hotels, wholesalers and delivering it fresh and healthy to the hungry...


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