Jeremiah Grads Featured on Meredith Vieira Show

Two of our deserving graduates — Chakita and Lavasha — were surprised to find themselves the featured guests on The Meredith Vieira Show on November 20! In the video segment above, Hawi Baisa-Chiri, Family Services Manager for Jeremiah’s Minneapolis-St. Paul campuses, shares her wishes for the two young women.
Producers of the NBC program were impressed with their stories of struggle and transformation and asked a Jeremiah staff member to make a wish on their behalf.

The women and their children then were flown to New York but told only that they would be speaking about their lives before and after Jeremiah Program. But little did they know that the show would actually grant the wishes staff have for them!

In this video segment, the Meredith Vieira Show makes those wishes come true:

Jeremiah Program Launches Two Pilot Programs in Boston

Jeremiah Program has launched two new pilots in Boston that offer a new approach to delivering the organization’s model. Jeremiah is joining with multiple organizations to deliver the core elements to families in the South Boston area.

At the Tierney Center, Jeremiah’s partners include Beacon Communities, Endicott College and ABCD (Head Start provider). At Temple Place, Jeremiah’s partner is Endicott College.

Read more here about the pilots and plans for evaluation.


Austin Housing Finance Corp Commits $2 Million

newrenderingThe Austin Housing Finance Corporation’s Board of Directors unanimously has approved a $2 million commitment to the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC), Jeremiah Program’s partner in Austin, TX. The funding will support the creation of deeply affordable housing that is part of a permanent Jeremiah Program campus serving low-income single parents and their children in the Central Texas community.

The 47,000-square foot campus will provide two-bedroom apartment homes to 35 families and will be part of the Guadalupe-Saldana Net-Zero Subdivision in East Austin, also being developed by GNDC. The Jeremiah campus will include an accredited, on-site early childhood development center to serve up to 60 children, ample community space, and offices for support staff.  Construction on the permanent campus is slated to begin in early 2015.

Read the full news release here.

Bullfrog Bash Grosses $525,000 for Minneapolis-St. Paul

Thanks to all who made Jeremiah Program’s 2014 Bullfrog Bash and Late Night with PROPEL a complete success. We grossed $525,000 for our women and children in Jeremiah Program! Please mark your calendars now for the Bash to be held on October 3, 2015, at the Depot Minneapolis.

Special thanks to our co-chairs Julie & Kate Hurley, our sponsors and our wonderful graduate speaker, Angel!

Jeremiah Fargo-Moorhead Welcomes New Executive Director

DianeSolingerJeremiah Program today announced that Diane Solinger will join the organization as its first executive director in Fargo-Moorhead. Solinger brings extensive experience in fundraising, leadership and higher education.

“As we secure a site and begin our fundraising to build a permanent campus in Fargo-Moorhead, Diane has the ideal skill set to advance our expansion into this community,” said Jeremiah President & CEO Gloria Perez. “We are eager to have her on board and to help us move quickly to transforming the lives of low-income mothers and their children.”

Solinger comes to Jeremiah having served in numerous positions at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Mankato. At Moorhead, she was Assistant and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President of Enrollment Management. At Mankato, she served in multiple student affairs and fundraising roles. She also was Director of Residence Life at University of Denver for four years.

In her new role, Solinger will provide general management and fiscal leadership of Jeremiah’s Fargo-Moorhead efforts. She will lead the organization’s capital campaign to build a campus and oversee all aspects of the organization’s partnerships and operations.

Solinger first became involved with Jeremiah Program last March when she participated in the empowerment course. Following that training, she volunteered to help plan the fall 2014 empowerment courses and spent a day touring the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses with Fargo-Moorhead leaders.

About Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead
Fargo-Moorhead leaders began making plans two years ago to bring the proven model of Jeremiah Program to the community. The number of single mothers living below the poverty line in Fargo-Moorhead increased 54% between 2000 and 2012, while all other families living in poverty declined by 9% during that same period. Today, there are 5,370 children living below poverty in the Fargo-Moorhead area, a 26% increase since 2000.

While working toward establishing a site in Fargo-Moorhead, Jeremiah is offering empowerment training for low-income single mothers (beginning October 9). The organization’s goal is to break ground on a campus in 2015 and move families in by 2016.

For more information, click here.