Focus on Community celebrates 30 years of service to Racine County

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As Appeared in the Racine Journal Times January 31, 2011    Posted in Local on Monday, January 31, 2011 6:44 am Updated: 6:48 am.

RACINE – Focus on Community staff and volunteers invite the Racine community to help celebrate 30 years of excellence from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson Building Commons, 555 Main St. Refreshments will be served and a short presentation will begin at 6 p.m. to honor past accomplishments as the organization looks towards the future.

In 1978, The Junior League of Racine conducted a needs assessment to appraise community problems, needs and resources. A plan to discourage youth alcohol and drug abuse was seen as a top issue, “urgently or definitely needed” in Racine County. After a great deal of research, study and planning, the Junior League decided to begin a county-wide council to increase public awareness, to provide prevention education, to advocate for quality treatment, and to provide information and referral services. Focus on Community (Focus), formerly the Racine Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, was established in 1980.

Thirty years later, Focus on Community is a leader in the prevention field in Racine County and the state of Wisconsin. As youth are exposed to more outside influences, the need for prevention education has never been greater.

Focus is the only agency in Racine County dedicated to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (ATODA), and its diverse staff provides a wide range of prevention services to youth and families. These services include prevention programs, information and referral services, and community-based prevention initiatives aimed at creating healthy environments.

For reservations to attend the 30th anniversary celebration, call Focus on Community at (262) 632-6200 or go to

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