2:12 PM EDT

Candice Miller, R-MI 10th

Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 295) congratulating and [Page: H3545]

saluting Focus: HOPE on the occasion of its 35th anniversary and for its remarkable commitment and contributions to Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the United States.

2:12 PM EDT

Candice Miller, R-MI 10th

Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 295) congratulating and [Page: H3545]

saluting Focus: HOPE on the occasion of its 35th anniversary and for its remarkable commitment and contributions to Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the United States.

2:13 PM EDT

Candice Miller, R-MI 10th

Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on H. Con. Res. 295, the concurrent resolution under consideration.

2:13 PM EDT

Candice Miller, R-MI 10th

Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself as much time as I might consume.

Mr. Speaker, in the wake of the 1967 terrible Detroit riots, Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis founded Focus: HOPE as an organization to fight racism and poverty in the metropolitan Detroit area. This resolution congratulates and salutes Focus: HOPE for its remarkable commitment and contributions to Detroit, to the State of Michigan, and to the entire United States. [Page: H3546]

I commend my colleague, the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Conyers), for introducing this resolution. The entire Michigan delegation has cosponsored the resolution, and I am pleased that we can recognize Focus: HOPE and all of the great things that this organization has done for its surrounding communities.

Mr. Speaker, outside of the metropolitan Detroit area, Focus: HOPE may not be well known to our average citizen, but people who are familiar with this organization know how great an organization it is.

In 1971, Focus: HOPE began providing food for children, as well as pregnant and post-partum women. The program soon expanded to include senior citizens; and today, with food that is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Focus: HOPE provides food to an incredible number, 43,000 children, women and senior citizens, each month in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Focus: HOPE has provided hope to individuals and families for over 35 years. In addition to providing food for those in immediate need, the organization's revolutionary job-training and education programs provide people with the tools and the resources necessary to pull themselves and their families out of the brutal cycle of poverty.

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Mr. Speaker, Focus: HOPE opened its Machinists Training Institute in 1981. It is a 31-week program in which students receive over 1,100 contact hours. The training is very comprehensive and at a fraction of the cost of traditional job training. Along with their FAST TRACK program and First Step programs, students develop necessary skills to enter the workforce.

In 1993, Focus: HOPE developed the Center for Advanced Technologies to form a coalition of universities and corporations to design a 21st century curriculum for manufacturing engineering education. Very sadly, Father Cunningham passed away in 1997. But along with the incredible Eleanor Josaitis, who still acts as the Chief Executive Officer, their great visions and hard work has provided people with an opportunity which would not exist otherwise.

Mr. Speaker, Focus: HOPE's value to the poor and disadvantaged of the Detroit metropolitan area cannot be measured. It is a great organization run by individuals who truly care about our Nation's citizens. This resolution, 295, will bring much-deserved attention to Focus: HOPE and its dedicated employees and volunteers. The work they do is sometimes thankless and sometimes goes unnoticed, but I urge my colleagues to support House Concurrent Resolution 295 and to thank these outstanding individuals

for their great work.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

2:16 PM EDT

Danny Davis, D-IL 7th

Mr. DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, it is often asked, what makes a person a hero? Working with others to improve one's community, I believe, is the act of a hero. In 1967, a riot left metropolitan Detroit sharply divided along racial lines. By early 1968, shock had deepened into bitterness and hostility.

Among all of this chaos and confusion, two members of the Detroit community, Father William T. Cunningham and Eleanor M. Josaitis, joined together to make a difference. Soon, Focus: HOPE was born, and out of it came a tightly-knit movement of like-minded people who are committed to intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice.

Over the last 37 years, Focus: HOPE has participated in countless projects that have improved the quality of life for thousands of America's neediest people. In 1971, after gathering scientific evidence of the effects of hunger and malnutrition on the critical early development of infants, Focus: HOPE designed a supplemental food program for children up to age 6 and for pregnant and postpartum women. The program, which was later expanded to include senior citizens, was the first and remains one

of the largest Commodity Supplemental Food Programs in the country. Food for this program has been provided to as many as 43,000 women, children, and senior citizens each month in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Focus: HOPE's contributions are not limited to its food program. When years of negligence turned one of Detroit's oldest neighborhoods into a canyon of vacant and dilapidated homes, Focus: HOPE took the initiative and revitalized several blocks of the once prosperous neighborhood by redeveloping outdated buildings, improving the landscape of Oakman Boulevard, developing parks and rebuilding homes. In addition, over the past 2 years alone, Focus: HOPE has helped raise $10 million to complete renovations

of an old industrial building that is to house its own Machinists Training Institute.

Today, we stand united in this Chamber to pay homage to Focus: HOPE for its remarkable commitment and contributions to Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the United States. Americans who possess the vision and generosity of Eleanor M. Josaitis and the late Father William T. Cunningham are truly American heroes, and Focus: HOPE is a tribute to their legacy.

Mr. Speaker, I commend the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Conyers) for introducing this legislation, and I urge its support.

Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.