FOCUSED Ministries, Inc.

FOCUSED Ministries, Inc. is a faith-based Non-profit organization designed to enhance the lives of teenaged girls ages 13-18. We believe that through the Word of God, hearts will be healed, lives transformed, and families restored.

Highlights from the GirlsFOCUSED Conference 2018 - View Photos from the Conference
GirlsFOCUSED Conference 2018- Group Shot

"My daughter had a wonderful time yesterday."

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GirlsFOCUSED Mentoring Group

GirlsFOCUSED is a faith-based mentoring program serving the Chicagoland area. Our organization is motivated by God’s love to serve, support, and love young girls. Our purpose is to help young girls between the ages of 13-18 achieve excellence across all life areas through our 1:1 mentoring program and quarterly group activities.

  • We "keep it real" and relevant for this current generation without pushing a “religious agenda”
  • We are a resource for families, providing another layer of support because it truly “takes a village”

If you want to learn more about GirlsFOCUSED and/or want to enroll a young lady, you are invited to attend our first parent meeting. We look forward to seeing you there! You may also contact us for more information.

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Mrs. Tricia L. Murray, Executive Director
Dr. Trisha J. Baker, Founder/President

Here's a snippet from one of our girls...

"There are so many great things about GirlsFOCUSED, I barely even know where to start. First, Dr. Baker, Mrs. Murray, and every person on the GirlsFOCUSED board are so incredibly committed. They strive to help young women succeed in life by giving us an opportunity to have a relationship with God. What I love is that the founders of this organization make us girls feel like we are their number one, but what I love even more is that we actually aren't-- God is..."

Samantha, 15

The Lord blessed our 2nd Annual "For Our Girls!" Celebration & Benefit!

Special thanks to Ms. Yahdina U-Deen for being our featured guest soloist and Ms. Kiya Lewis & Little Ms. Payton Thompson for sharing your gifts expressed in dance! Thanks also to Rev. Michael Gibson, one of our Governing Board of Directors, and Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gibson, II for your service as well! You all made our event a blessing to all!

Another special thanks also goes to our:
Fundraising Coordinator Ms. Willie Shaw for organizing this event,
Board President Mrs. Shirlene Baker
Board Secretary Mrs. Margo McCoy,
Executive Director Mrs. Trish Murray and all of the Governing Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Members who were unable to attend.

YOUR generosity helps support meetings where Christian women offer activities to build confidence and the skills these young women need to keep

Focusing On Christ Until Spiritual Excellence is Demonstrated.

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Staying FOCUSED!
Dr. Baker

From the desk of the Executive Director:

Greetings on behalf of FOCUSED Ministries, Inc.,

We are so pleased that God has led you to this site. In doing so, He has opened a door and provided an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to you as to who we are and what we do.

We are a non-profit organization with the simple but awesome mission: to help young women achieve excellence. Like other social service programs, we strive to address multiple facets of life, however, we are different. We are motivated by a God-given burden to love and a deep desire to embrace and lift up all of our young sisters. We are unashamedly faith-based and all of our work is grounded in Scripture.

At FOCUSED, we understand that life is often a bumpy journey. As we travel along the road of life, God allows certain paths to intersect for the specific purpose of building relationships. It is through the blessing of relationship with one another that we are strengthened. With God in our midst, the strengthened are also then empowered to achieve excellence. This is our testimony and we want it to be yours, too. We believe you were created to be excellent in all things. We want you to also believe this truth and live excellently!

We invite you to seek us out and make a connection that just might be life changing!</br >
God Bless You!


Executive Director

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"...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:20b, KJV).

Father, thank You for this day. You have kept us all day long and for this we thank You. You've kept us from danger both seen and unseen. Thank You! You've provided food, shelter, and clothing! Thank You!

Father, as this day comes to a close, we take this moment to acknowledge You. In all of the things we've been through, You have been right there with us. You said that You would never leave us nor forsake us, though there may have been times throughout this year that we may have felt You weren't there but I am reminded of the poem Footprints In The Sand:

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."
By Mary Stevenson (1922 - 1999)

Father, thank You for carrying us! Forgive us for not trusting You fully! Help us, Lord, to trust You more! Thank You for Your precious promises! We praise You because there is none like You!

Continue to walk alongside and carry, when needed, FOCUSED Ministries and all of those who have had, who have, or who will have a hand in this work. I thank You for what You've done, are doing right now, and for what You have yet to do as we continue to move forward, in Jesus name I pray, Amen!

Be blessed!
Dr. Baker
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As a year near its end, it is often a time for many to reflect on the ups and downs that occurred throughout that year. Well, I want to encourage each of us, as 2018 nears its end to, "Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live" (I Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 MSG). Living in this way keeps us encouraged, keeps us joyful, keeps us hopeful, and so much more. Not always the easiest thing to do, hence the name FOCUSED…focusing on CHRIST until spiritual excellence is demonstrated, but the needful thing to do. Everyday! The Bible tells us in John 16:33 (KJV), "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Father, thank You for another day that You have allowed us to see and be a part of. It’s a day that we have never seen before and once it is gone, we won’t see it again. So, Father, I pray that all we say and do this day would be pleasing to You and in accordance to Your will for our lives for this day. Let us not live this day in regret for not saying or doing something we should have but give us the courage to step out, trust You, and just do it! I thank You for it now, in Jesus’ name.

Father, You have blessed us in so, so many ways. If we had 10,000 tongues, that wouldn’t be enough to say thank You, but Father, we do take this moment in time to say Thank You. Thank You for life, health, and for strength, for Your keeping power over our lives, our families, and our friends. It is because of Your mercy and grace that we are yet here! Thank You, Lord!

Here we are in the last month of 2018. I pray for all those who have been reached by this weekly prayer. I thank You for each one who took time to read and/or meditate on the scripture and the words shared from the hearts of our Board Members and Friends. And even for those who did not, bless them, I pray Father, in a special way! I pray that Your hand would rest upon them so that they may know that You are with them. Guide them in Your way and I thank You for it now, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

I pray for the young ladies that You have blessed us to share with throughout this year. I pray that something we’ve said to them or activity we’ve done with them encouraged them and reinforced in their hearts and minds how special they are - special to us and especially special to You. Thank You for their parents who have entrusted the lives of their precious daughters into our hands. I pray they were blessed as well and have seen much fruit from our work with them.

There is still much work to be done! Thank You for the opportunity to yet do the work. Lead us and guide us in The Way, Father. Thank You for increase all around, in Jesus’ name. Lord, we love You and appreciate all You’ve done, are doing right now, and have yet to show us, and we praise You in advance for it, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!!
Dr. Baker
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