Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Receives $57,000 Grant from Catholic Health Initiatives

Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead has received a major grant from Catholic Health Initiatives. The $57,560 grant, which will be supplemented with additional in-kind donations from Presentation Sisters of Fargo, will be used to train and certify four Personal Empowerment facilitators. These facilitators are volunteers who lead the required Empowerment pre-admission course, a vital first step for single mothers.

The training and certification process for Personal Empowerment facilitators will begin this fall. Adults interested in facilitating can send an email to or call (701) 361-3873.

Community leaders in Fargo-Moorhead began making plans last year to bring Jeremiah Program to the community. The number of single mothers living below the poverty line in Fargo-Moorhead climbed 16 percentage points from 2009 to 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2009, there were 5,357 single mothers, 26% living below poverty. By 2011, the number of single mothers had increased slightly to 5,489, but the number living in poverty had climbed significantly to 42%.

“These startling figures prove that there are many women in our area who are in need of Jeremiah’s holistic model,” said Andrea Hochhalter, Community Consultant for Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead. “We are eager to get our program up and running to help change the trajectory of these statistics. And that is why we are so grateful to Catholic Health Initiatives for this important funding.”

Minneapolis and St. Paul Child Development Centers Earn Highest Possible Rating

Jeremiah Program’s Minneapolis and St. Paul Child Development Centers (CDC) both have earned a 4-star rating from the Minnesota Parent Aware Quality Rating System (QRS), the highest rating possible from the leading early childhood evaluator.

The 1 to 4 star QRS rating system measures best practices identified by research that help children succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The QRS rates physical health and well-being, teaching and relationships, assessment of child progress, and teacher training and education. The Minnesota Department of Human Services leads Parent Aware in coordination with the Minnesota Office of Early Learning.

“It takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication from our CDC to earn this rating,” said Lucy Gerold, Executive Director of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul campuses. “We are proud of our staff and pleased to see them recognized for their excellent work with the wonderful children in Jeremiah Program.”