Save the Date!
Join us for an indoor block party celebrating 40 years of FCS and honoring the FCS Founder, Bob Lupton! Bob's life work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and thrive. In these 40 years, FCS has produced over 400 units of affordable housing, created a dozen small businesses, taught hundreds of churches and nonprofits about responsible charity, and incubated countless organizations that are creating change around our city!
We'll celebrate on November 15th at The Fairmont, so we invite you to save the date and come celebrate with us! More details coming soon.
As we reflected on 2017 one word that continually rose to the surface. Flourishing. From Carver Market to affordable housing to training and development at the Lupton Center, FCS is creating a space for flourishing in Atlanta. We invite you to explore our interactive 2017 annual report to see flourishing unfold. Thank you for being a part of this story.
Focused Community Strategies partners with under-resourced neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.
A troubling report issued last month by the Bureau of Justice Statistics revealed that five out of six state prison inmates released back into society were re-arrested, most within three years. Five out of six! Sounds like our prisons have become finishing schools for career criminals. The correctional system is obviously not “correcting.”
“Program is our native tongue,” the missions pastor told me.Her words caused the gears in my brain to realign and click together. After meeting with countless groups who deeply desire to love and serve their neighbors, but struggle in many ways to do so, the metaphor of language so perfectly captures the challenges of changing our charity models.
Twenty-eight kids and a few adults spilled out of vans into the parking lot. They were laughing about swimming in the lake, sharing stories about playing football, showing off their new step moves, and singing songs together. They shared communal joy and memories as they arrived back in South Atlanta after five days away at Camp Grace.