Hope Enterprises’ FOCES program celebrates its new facility

When walking into the newly renovated center for Hope Enterprises’ Focus on Community Employment Success (FOCES) program, it is easy to see that the staff believes a good environment is important to reaching their goals.

Both the staff and participants of the program celebrated the opening of the FOCES program’s new facility at 440 Little League Blvd. in Williamsport.

Program Supervisor Tom Davis said the new location “was kind of a challenge to renovate (but) has everything we need.”

Following a lunch provided by the Cookie Bakery of Hope Enterprises, Chris Patchin, assistant program supervisor, thanked the staff and board of directors for all they have done to help accomplish a renovation that at times seemed impossible.

He said the program, which helps adults with disabilities learn job and life skills, will continue its mission to make the participants “better individuals than when they came in (by) expecting them to do things that encourage growth.”

Patchin’s pride in the program was most evident when he surprised program participant Sam Webb by asking him to cut the ribbon commemorating the reopening of the program.

After the ribbon ceremony, Patchin said he picked Webb, who has been in the FOCES Program for five years, because he is “such a success story” and “just had to find out where his strengths were.”

Through the program Sam Webb found a better lifestyle and gained a job at Lycoming College, Patchin said.

The program teaches the participants that “living a better life is up to them, (and) they are expected to take ownership for their actions,” Patchin said.

According to information provided by the program, FOCES concentrates on both emotional goals – like anger management, coping skills and self esteem – as well as practical goals such as manners, handling money and long-term planning.