When Lulu Richardson founded FOCUS on Recovery in October 2001, she answered the question, “What do women need to obtain and maintain sobriety?” Lulu envisioned a long-term recovery place for women to live after primary treatment for substance abuse. Focus’ meager beginnings consisted of two partially furnished, donated apartments to serve eight women, a small empty office on Birmingham’s Southside and a monetary donation of $300. FOCUS has now grown to eight program apartments for 32
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