LIVONIA (WWJ) – Friends and family have gathered at the bedside of Focus Hope co-founder Eleanor Josaitis who is in hospice care in Livonia.

A winner of numerous humanitarian and leadership, awards, the 80-year-old Josaitis is widely regarded as a leader who always fought with courage and tenacity for causes close to her heart.

She, along with Father William Cunningham, founded Focus Hope after the 1967 Detroit riots. The organization’s mission statement says it’s a group dedicated to finding solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity and racial in an effort to heal the racial problems with in the city.

The group now touches thousands of lives each year through its job training, educational, hunger and child care programs.

(Learn more about Focus Hope at this link.)

Comments (3)
  1. Rick Venet says:

    This is a sad time to hear of Eleanors condition. Eleanor has touched so many people, and improved so may lives over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, her family and friends at this time. The Venet Family

  2. Neil Simon says:

    Eleanor is a very special individual who has given not only to her immediate community but also to Detroit as a whole. I wish her and her loved one a good passing. Thanks for the many contributions and gifts

  3. Kiko Davis says:

    Eleanor Josaitis is a beautiful person inside and out. She has made a huge impact on the lives of many people. Her good deeds are too numerous to count. May God continue to bless her for the “Angel” that she is!

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