Foundation of Caring, Understanding & Services

About Us

FOCUS (Foundation of Caring, Understanding, and Services) was formed as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit by a Grass Roots group consisting of members from Upton, Osage and Newcastle in 1983.  They recognized a need for local help for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking situations. 





FOCUS proudly serves all of Weston County, including the towns of Newcastle, Upton, and Osage. 



Our mission statement: 

"The mission of FOCUS is to advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through supporting survivors, raising awareness, educating the community, empowering individuals, and providing a safe and confidential environment for men and women to access information, resources, and guidance regarding domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking."




Services we provide include:

  • Civil Legal Advocacy
  • Criminal Justice Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Emergency Medical Intervention
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Financial Assistance
  • Hospital Response
  • Housing Advocacy
  • Individual Counseling Referral
  • Personal Advocacy
  • Protection Orders (Temporary and Final)
  • Social Service Advocacy
  • Stalking Orders (Temporary and Final)
  • Transportation
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Victim Witness Notification

The People Behind the Mission

Board of Directors

Board Chairman - Milinda Wineteer

Board Vice Chairman -  Sharon Strickland

Board Treasurer/Secretary -  Kenneth Pitlick

Board Member - Andrew Macke

Board Member- Dave Whitford


We are currently taking applications for board members!!  
Stop by the FOCUS Office to get an application packet.

FOCUS is accepting volunteer advocate applications at this time.  

Stop by the FOCUS office to pick up an application packet!