FOCUS + Gateway City (the St. Louis Center of FOCUS North America) is located on the Near South Side of Downtown St. Louis and provides for the local needs of impoverished families and homeless individuals, addressing the whole person. Leadership is provided by an experienced Director who works with the Leadership Team, local Advisory Board, Ministry leaders and Parish Liaisons.


FOCUS North America is a national movement, founded by Orthodox Christians united in faith, and joined by others, with a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America. As an expression of Christ’s love FOCUS North America serves the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned by providing Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter. We bring communities, parishes, and partners together in hands-on activities – uniting giver and the underserved -to help transform all of our lives and break the cycle of poverty that afflicts so many in our society, by moving them from dependency to self-sufficiency.

FOCUS North America is a 501c3 non-for-profit. All of FOCUS’s services are provided without discrimination of any kind. We do not require any faith commitment from anyone we help. We have a deep belief in the sanctity and dignity of each person we serve and we welcome partnerships with others, faith-based or secular. Ninety-three percent of public donations go directly to helping those in need. We are an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau.