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TRIBUTE ON THE OCCASION OF CANIFF STREET IN HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN BEING RENAMED IN HONOR OF REVEREND DOCTOR JOSEPH R. JORDAN
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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 TRIBUTE ON THE OCCASION OF CANIFF STREET IN HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN BEING 
          RENAMED IN HONOR OF REVEREND DOCTOR JOSEPH R. JORDAN

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                          HON. GARY C. PETERS

                              of michigan

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. PETERS of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize my 
friend, Reverend Doctor Joseph R. Jordan, Pastor of Corinthian Baptist 
Church in Hamtramck, Michigan. On Sunday, April 28, 2013, Rev. Dr. 
Jordan is being recognized by the City of Hamtramck as it renames a 
portion of Caniff Street, one of its major thoroughfares, to honor his 
decades of service to the community.
  Rev. Dr. Jordan began his journey on the ecclesiastical path nearly 
forty years ago, when he left his lucrative career as an electrician to 
answer the call of service to God. Before joining the congregation of 
Corinthian, he served as Assistant Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in 
Detroit for six years. Since his ascension to the Pastorate of 
Corinthian, Rev. Dr. Jordan has held steadfast to his belief that the 
focus of his position is to help others. Through his dedication and 
passion to the teachings of his faith, Rev. Dr. Jordan has not only 
been a shepherd to his congregation, but a local community leader to 
the Detroit and Hamtramck communities as well.
  As the spiritual leader to his church, Rev. Dr. Jordan has focused 
his congregation on not only learning the lessons of their faith, but 
also taking action on those lessons to help the surrounding 
communities. Under his direction, members of Corinthian have instituted 
a bi-annual drive to procure and distribute clothing and household 
necessities to families in need, established a scholarship fund and 
organized a local neighborhood carnival where church members distribute 
school supplies to students. In further efforts to make his church a 
sanctuary to the community, Rev. Dr. Jordan has also opened Corinthian 
to the neighborhood's local chapter Alcoholics Anonymous, providing 
attendees a safe and welcoming space to meet.
  As a community leader, Rev. Dr. Jordan has extended his work beyond 
his role as the Pastor of Corinthian. Rev. Dr. Jordan ardently believes 
that all people should be treated equally and with respect. This is a 
belief he has fought for in his endeavor to expand access to quality 
healthcare as a trustee for the Henry Ford Health System. Additionally, 
Rev. Dr. Jordan has been a strong advocate for victims of housing 
discrimination, an endeavor he has been working on for decades.
  Mr. Speaker, for the last four decades Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan has 
been a strong spiritual leader to his congregation and a passionate 
advocate for so many marginalized people in the Southeast Michigan 
community. His work has not only strengthened the vitality of the 
Greater Detroit region, but also communities across our Nation. I have 
been fortunate to have his advice and counsel and I join with his 
friends, family and the congregation of Corinthian Baptist Church to 
celebrate his impact on our region as a portion of Caniff Street in 
Hamtramck is renamed in his honor.

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