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President's Visit to Center Sparks Interest
[Excerpt from The Baltimore Times]

It wasn’t so much that President Barack Obama planned to visit the Center for Urban Families, but for the center’s founder, Joseph Jones, it is all about the heavy lifting that will help provide services that strengthen the Baltimore community.

“We feel we’re obligated to provide this service,” Jones said. “We continue to grind.” Jones said that he was proud that Obama, the first African American president, visited on May 17, 2013 but even prouder that the country’s chief executive officer could relate to many who attend classes at the center.

“A large part of his visit took place outside of the view of the media. He really spent time with everyone and rolled up his sleeves and got down to business,” Jones said.

The president even told of how, like most at the center, he grew up without a father and that by taking, “this path, that’s going to make all the difference in the world.”

Obama praised the center for helping men and women find decent jobs that help strengthen families and rebuild communities.

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