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The Afro Highlights President Obama's Visit to CFUF
[Excerpt from The AFRO]

Derek Liggins never thought he would see the day.

After eight years behind bars for selling drugs, Liggins decided to turn his life around. He joined STRIVE Baltimore, a program that specializes in helping fathers and hard-to-employ Baltimoreans. That program later became the Center for Urban Families, which has been recognized for its success.

That success is the reason why the center was honored May 17 with a visit from President Obama during a trip to Baltimore. And because of his hard work, Liggins, now a mentor at the center, was chosen to be among the few from the organization—including staff, administrators and clients—selected to meet Obama.

“I would have never thought that a person from my background would be sitting in the room with the President, but that shows you that as long as you stay on the right path, the possibilities are endless,” said Liggins, the father of four.

Days after the visit, clients and employees were still riding a wave of excitement from the visit. Liggins and a handful of other graduates, current clients, partners, and high-ranking staff had the opportunity to meet the president as he made his third and final stop on the Baltimore leg of the Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour, a White House initiative that kicked off earlier this month in Austin, Tex.

"The President's message to our program participants and employer partners was one of investment. To our participants, he encouraged them to invest in themselves, prepare for the world of work, and transfer what they achieved to their children so our communities can be better," said Center CEO Joseph T. Jones, on the agency’s website. "To our employer partners, he praised them for investing in individuals who, in spite of challenging circumstances, have worked to get themselves on a path to a brighter future. This is a great day."

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