FOCAS, or the Foundation of Compassionate American Samaritans, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, was founded in 1986 by Mr. Richard P. Taylor as a Christian non-profit corporation. The initial objective of FOCAS was to help the desperately poor in remote areas of the nation of Haiti, with basic needs including elementary education, food, and medical attention until December of 2016. In 1993 Mr. Taylor started the Lord’s Gym in the inner-city of Cincinnati which has grown today to serve in three locations and one mobile location.
The vision began with The Lord’s Gym, weight training and work-out program five-days a week that offers daily devotions to at-risk people. It is now called the Lord’s Gym Ministries of Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Area.
Today FOCAS is a unique, impactful non-profit that helps those in poverty; the homeless, the addicted, and families in need. We have served Cincinnati since 1993 through initiatives effectively reaching At-Risk men, women, and youth in some of the most violent neighborhoods in Cincinnati, most notably Over the Rhine and West End. In 2013 we broadened our territory to include Queensgate, Price Hill, and Covington. To learn more, go to www.LordsGymMinisties.org/about/history.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world”. Anne Frank
Youth Resiliency Adventure kicks off on October 1st.
That will be the first day to start tracking your distances. Your last
tracking day is October 31st. You have until the end of the day
on October 31st to submit your distances
and any money you raised in order to be in the running to WIN A PRIZE.
You can sign up now to start fund-raising by simply going to the Events tab.
Be part of the YR Adventure
Virtual Entry - Early Registration Is Open Now
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, 2020
» $20 registration (through 10/31 at 11:59 PM EST)
Youth Resiliency Adventure is focused on raising capital to fund addiction prevention programs targeting At-Risk Youth and Young Adults in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State area. It is a proactive approach in the community’s efforts to engage, head on, the challenging factors of addiction. Our Goal is to raise $75,000 in the month of October. October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, an observance to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health and to remember those who have lost their lives to substance abuse.
Why should I register?
Addiction kills and destroys families – especially youth! It is no respecter of one’s age, background, race, or neighborhood.
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, nearly half - 46 percent - of U.S. adults have a close friend or family member who's dealing with drug addiction.
Most of us know, or know of, someone who has been hurt by some form of addiction. Perhaps it involves someone in your family? The pain is real and at times – devastating.
Your commitment to the Youth Resiliency Adventure lets us work together in our community. Our combined effort will create or enhance programs in preventing youth addiction.
Together, we can make a difference in the Tri-State and the country.
A Rewarding Challenge
We understand that you will receive personal satisfaction as your reward for participating in the Youth Resiliency Adventure.
Every dollar spent on addiction recovery, for example, results in a savings of up to $7, in terms of reduced crime and judicial costs. When you factor in healthcare, the savings-to-costs ration becomes 12 to 1.
For that we are very grateful. However, we thought it would be fun to add the potential for additional rewards should you be so motivated.
It is our hope and prayers that you have a safe and enjoyable YRA experience as you strive to make a difference in the lives of the youth whom we serve.
Participants (youth up to age 18 and adults) will be eligible to win the following prizes:
The youth who raises the most funds will receive a $1,000 savings bond. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the most distance.
Walking for the furthest distance youth prize is urbeats3.
Walking for the furthest distance adult prize is JBL Harmon Bluetooth Earbuds.
Running furthest distance youth prize is a FitBit Versa Lite Edition.
Running for the furthest distance adult prize is a Garmin Vivio Smart HR.
Biking for the furthest distance youth prize is a Fuji Red Ace 650 Bike.
Biking for the furthest distance adult prize is a Fuji Candy Apple Red Finest Bike.
In the event of a tie the winner will be determined by the most amount of money raised.
Please note: The images above are representations of the prizes offered.
Where will the money I raise go?
Great question! The goal of the Youth Resiliency Adventure is to raise funds to go towards FOCAS’ efforts and activities to prevent addiction. It’s that simple!
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the financial costs of substance abuse are staggering – more $600 BILLION annually, in terms of healthcare, crime, incarceration, and lost productivity.
The institute also reports that investing in substance abuse treatment programs is the best way to cut those costs. Every dollar spent on addiction recovery results in a savings of up to $7, in terms of reduced crime and judicial costs. When you factor in healthcare, the savings-to-costs ration becomes 12 to 1.
Focused on raising capital to fund addiction prevention programs targeting at-risk youth and young adults in the greater Cincinnati Tri - State area.