Plans underway for Focus House supper


ROCHELLE — After having to cancel what would have been the Foundation for Focus House’s 20th annual spaghetti supper last year due to COVID, the foundation hopes that this year’s event — which has been revamped to accommodate new COVID guidelines — will be more successful than in years past.
This year’s event will feature a drive-thru supper, online auction and a lunch delivery option on April 14.
“We decided to offer a lunch delivery option this year and will be having the dinner with a drive-thru format instead of the standard sit down format of the past,” Executive Director for Foundation for Focus House Jeni Hardin said.
The lunch and dinner will include spaghetti with homemade sauce, French bread, salad with choice of Ranch or French dressing and dessert with choice of fruit pie or cake.

Lunch delivery will be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is by pre-order only. Dinner tickets are available in advance or the day of the dinner as well.
Tickets can be purchased for $8 each by contacting Hardin at or calling 815-562-5881, extension 433. Payment can be made with cash, check or credit card.
“The money raised from the spaghetti supper fundraiser will go directly to the needs of the youth at Focus House,” Hardin said. “Some examples of things the funds will cover are hygiene items, clothing, winter weather needs, books and games, appliances and supplies needed for the homes and minor maintenance and repairs at the homes. Having to cancel both of our main fundraisers last year, we took a big hit on our donations coming in and funds that help the youth and the programs at Focus House.”
Along with the supper, an online auction is also being put together. Sponsorships and auction items are being accepted as well. Anyone interested can contact Hardin for more information.
Focus House is a shelter care facility that has been operating in Ogle County since 1975. The facility serves primarily in-county youth that need residential treatment, but over the years, Focus House has also taken out-of-county youth as well.
Focus House treats Ogle County youth that are involved in the justice system, not just residentially, but also through outpatient mental health services and alternative programming for kids that are suspended from school.