The Friends of Children United
Society (FOCUS) traces its origins to early 1982 in Coronado
California. Historical data
reflects an earlier connection to a national organization
known as WAIF (founded by actress Jane Russell) which served
as a source of inspiration to a group of dedicated and highly
motivated women in the Coronado Cays to found FOCUS.
The background information in the evolution from WAIF
to FOCUS reflects a number of changes and associations with
organizations like The Travelers’ Aid Society and Friends of
Travelers before becoming the locally well-known and highly
respected organization now known as FOCUS.
the data in the files do not reflect all who may have been
involved in its founding, there is a strong indication that
the leading personalities included Beth Bishop, Bobbe Cetti,
Kay Coleman, Luellen Dubbs, Darlene Farrell, Ruth Friedman,
Sharron Heller, Arli McCormack, Barbara Mouton, Tenny
O’Connor, Rosemary Pettit, Maxine Rossi, Maria Shaw, Nella
Walston, Bobbie Wilson and Martha Youngberg.
Cetti named us FOCUS and Ruth Friedman designed our logo.
Mary Colaccio was with us from Travelers’ Aid.
motivation and drive of the women involved in bringing FOCUS
to life was centered on improving the quality of life for
needy and abused children in San Diego
County. Since its
beginning over thirty years ago, FOCUS has grown and
numbers of battered, abused, homeless, disabled and
disadvantaged children have been helped over the years.
A most deserved and heartfelt thanks is extended to the
founders, members of FOCUS and to all who contribute their
time effort and money to making this organization what it is.
We, the members of FOCUS, are indebted to all who have
worked for the organization since its founding.