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In Focus of Cleveland, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency located in the Greater Cleveland area. In Focus operates three residential group homes, a transitional facility and one independent living location. All locations are safe havens for youth who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse, neglect, or severe conflict with family. Our Agency prides itself on providing a home-like atmosphere for the young men who reside within the In Focus homes.


In Focus operates under the review of a dedicated board of directors. Their names are below:

Margie Harris – President

Nyoka Lovelace – Secretary

Milton Byrd – Treasurer

Crystal Howard

Oleh Holowatyjsr

George L. Smith

Betty Mateen



In Focus of Cleveland, Inc. was founded in August 2000, by Russell White, Darlene White, and the late Bill Miles. Our Agency received its license from the state of Ohio in June 2001. The first resident was placed at the Nottingham House on August 8, 2001. He remained with the agency for one year and eleven months and then transitioned into an independent living program.

Since opening its doors, In Focus has accepted over 100 young men, with the average stay being 9 months. After leaving In Focus, many residents have been adopted or have reunited with their families. Others have graduated from local high schools, the Cleveland Job Corps and other alternative educational programs while many have gone off to pursue collegiate degrees or to serve in the armed forces.

In Focus of Cleveland, Inc. has seen tremendous growth during this past decade. This agency employs a strong and qualified group of individuals. Our staff includes: a chief executive officer, an executive director, two program directors, one director of human resources, three shift supervisors, two administrative assistants,  30+ youth leaders, a house mother, three cooks, and a licensed independent counselor.


Placement Criteria:

  • Residents of In Focus of Cleveland, Inc. group homes are males who are:
  • 13-21 years of age at the time of placement
  • Capable of functioning in a minimally restrictive setting
  • Not a danger to themselves or others
  • Ambulatory
  • In the custody of a social service agency