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Greater Baltimore Committee Honors Joe Jones with Sondheim Award for Public Service
[Excerpt from The Greater Baltimore Committee]

Joseph T. Jones Jr., founder, president and CEO of Baltimore's Center for Urban Families, was honored by the Greater Baltimore Committee at its Annual Meeting May 8 as the recipient of the 2013 Walter Sondheim Public Service Award for his work to connect low-income urban men and women to career paths and strong family models.

Working from the nonprofit organization's center, located on Monroe Street in West Baltimore, Jones "is a beacon of hope to young men and women in Baltimore," GBC President & CEO Donald C. Fry said in presenting Jones the award at GBC's 2013 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Photo by Harry Bosk

Jones knows first-hand the challenges of growing up poor in city neighborhoods. He "lifted himself up from a young life of family trauma, poverty, teen drug addiction and criminal arrest, and now dedicates his life to lifting others up," Fry said.

Jones' work in Baltimore championing responsible fatherhood as the key element of strong urban families has garnered national attention and acclaim. He currently serves on President Obama's Taskforce on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. He was a community advisor during the Clinton Gore administration and served on First Lady Laura Bush's Helping America's Youth Initiative.

"He has become over the years a serious thought leader in the area of fatherhood and the connectivity between urban fathers, their kids, the workplace and child support issues," said David Warnock, managing member of Camden Partners and chairman of Center for Urban Families.

To watch Mr. Jones receive this honor, click here.

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