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FOR 50 YEARS FOCUS ON RENEWAL HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO HELPING PEOPLE DEVELOP AND SUSTAIN HEALTHY MINDS, BODIES, AND SPIRITS.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette

Photo courtesy of Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette

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FOCUS ON RENEWAL STO-ROX IS A NONPROFIT SERVING THE STOWE TOWNSHIP / MCKEES ROCKS BOROUGH. FOR PROVIDES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, FOOD, AND WORKFORCE FACILITATION AMONG OTHER PROGRAMS.

Vision
Citizens who are served by Focus on Renewal become
resilient, contributing members of our community.

Mission
Focus On Renewal’s programs and partnerships connect children, adults, and families with relationships, resources, and opportunities to develop and sustain a thriving community.

Values
Inclusion. Support. Partnership. Trust. Wellness.


ABOUT FOR... 

The Focus On Renewal Sto-Rox Neighborhood Corporation, or FOR for short, was founded in 1969. FOR founders led a group of mobilized citizens and community activists against corrupt local politicians to create an umbrella organization for much needed social services now ranging from food security, nutrition, early-childhood education, support groups and mental health to arts programs for ages and small business incubation.

FOR has now grown to house 30+ staff at 5 locations throughout McKees Rocks and Stowe Township. FOR aims to support the people in our community through programs for all ages aimed towards the development of healthy mind, body and spirit.  We work with a wide range of partners to  ensure high quality programming is accessible to all 13,000 residents of the Sto-Rox Community.  

Why does Sto-Rox need FOR's Support?

  • 24% of Sto-Rox Residents are under the age of 18.

  • Median household income is $24,534, less than half of the county value.

  • 100% of Sto-Rox students qualify for free lunches.

  • 80.3% of McKees Rocks households with children are single parent households.

These statistics, however, tell only part of the story.  Throughout FOR's long service to the community, the following conditions have been on the increase: drug and alcohol addiction, various degrees of untreated mental illness, criminal histories, poor nutrition and physical health ailments.

 

 

OTHER F.O.R. PROGRAMS:

POSITIVE PARENTING

Family Support Centers use Parents As Teachers (PAT)* – an evidence-based home visiting program recognized by the federal government. Through their involvement in PAT, parents work with a parent educator to gain knowledge that will help ensure that their children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

In addition to our home visiting program, all Centers host classes and support groups where parents can share their experiences, learn about healthy child development, and explore positive parenting techniques.

Monthly Family Fun Night, Family Movie Night, Field Trips and more! Click here to find out what stimulating experiences lie ahead for you and your child with the Positive Parenting Program. MORE INFO

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER

The Community Resource Center provides a community of choice, hope and purpose where all neighbors can thrive.

The Community Resource Center is a welcoming and safe space which provides opportunities for active transformation for our neighbors to reach their full potential.

Person Centered—Mutual Respect—Accountability-- Innovation

Check our hours and services. MORE INFO

FAMILY HEADSTART

The Early Headstart Program is a child development and family support service to low income families for children from birth-3 years old and pregnant mothers.

Pregnant women and families with children age up to age three can schedule weekly home visits, play groups, outings and parent meetings with an emphasis on healthy child development. 

ENROLLMENT IS ONGOING! MORE INFO

Incredible things are happening here, and we want people to look forward to more. We will forge new partnerships and continue our work as an innovative community resource.
— Cynthia Haines - Executive Director