Alerus contributes $750,000 to ND Housing Incentive Fund for Fargo campus

Alerus Financial Corporation today presented leaders of Jeremiah Program with $750,000 to be used toward construction of a permanent campus for low-income single mothers and their children in Fargo. The contribution is being distributed through the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF), a tax incentive fund created by the state legislature to encourage investment in affordable housing projects. HIF is administered by the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency.

“Alerus is proud to support this program, which transforms lives two generations at a time by providing affordable housing and early childhood care and education so single mothers can pursue their dreams of earning higher education degrees,” said Dan Doeden, Alerus market president, Southern Valley. “The young women and children who will be helped through this program could very well become the leaders of our region one day, and we are happy to help provide the boost they need to achieve their goals.”

Alerus’ contribution is the largest single contribution made to Fargo’s Jeremiah Program to date. In recognition of this significant commitment, the early childhood center on the soon-to-be-built Fargo campus will be named in honor of Alerus.

The 20-unit Fargo campus, located at 801 Page Drive, is expected to undergo construction beginning in spring 2016, pending the successful completion of a $5.3 million capital campaign. The Alerus Child Development Center will encompass 11,285 square feet of space on the main floor of the three-story campus, which includes fully furnished apartments for program participants who pay no more than one-third of their income for rent.

“We are grateful to Alerus for its support of this worthwhile project,” said Diane Solinger, executive director of Jeremiah in Fargo-Moorhead. “The confidence their contribution shows in Jeremiah Program has proven to be a catalyst in helping to raise awareness and encourage others to help us meet our financing goal.”

Jeremiah Program is open to low-income single women with children under the age of 5. To be eligible to participate, women must be enrolled in a two- or four-year college program and must work at least part-time. Potential participants are also required to attend a nine-week empowerment course prior to being accepted into the program.

Currently, more than 2,300 single mothers are living in poverty in the Fargo-Moorhead area, a number that has increased 16 percent over the last six years. The majority of these mothers have children under the age of 4 and lack stable housing and affordable childcare.

About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah’s proven, holistic approach begins with establishing a supportive community for determined single mothers to pursue a career-track college education. Through a combination of quality early childhood education, a safe and affordable place to live, and empowerment and life skills training, their families are stabilized and able to find a path out of poverty.

About Alerus Financial Corporation

Alerus Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries Alerus Financial, N.A., Alerus Securities Corporation, and Alerus Investment Advisors Corporation, offers business and consumer banking products and services, residential mortgage financing, employer-sponsored retirement plan administration, and wealth management including trust, brokerage, insurance, and asset management. Alerus Financial banking and wealth management offices are located in Grand Forks and Fargo, N.D., the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. metropolitan area, and Scottsdale, Ariz. Alerus Retirement Solutions plan administration offices are located in St. Paul, Minn., East Lansing and Troy, Mich., and Manchester, N.H.

Catholic Health Initiatives Donates Land in Fargo for Jeremiah Campus

Jeremiah Program today announced that Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) has donated land at 801 Page Drive in Fargo, where a new campus serving 20 low-income single mothers and their children will be built.

“Catholic Health Initiative’s amazing gift of a $1 per year land lease makes it possible for us to plan in earnest for a 2016 groundbreaking,” said Diane Solinger, Executive Director of Jeremiah in Fargo-Moorhead. “We are deeply grateful to CHI leaders for their generosity and belief in the importance and impact of our program.”

The Fargo-Moorhead Jeremiah campus will provide safe and affordable housing, an on-site early childhood education center, and individualized support for helping women get into and through career-track college degree programs. The program serves low-income single mothers with children under the age of 5. Currently, more than 2,300 single mothers are living in poverty in the Fargo-Moorhead area, a number that has increased 16% over the last six years. The majority of these mothers have children under the age of 4.

“We firmly believe that the gift of this land to the Jeremiah Program is a gift that will keep on giving,” said Jeff Drop, CHI’s Fargo Division Senior Vice President. “A key component of CHI’s mission is to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities. By providing the gift of this land, we are living and breathing that mission, today and into tomorrow. We are very pleased to be a part of this effort.”

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2014, CHI provided $910 million in charity care and community benefit—a nearly 20% increase over the previous year—for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. The CHI Division office is located in Fargo, North Dakota and provides guidance and leadership to hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, home care and individuals with special need services throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Congrats to June Graduates

Jeremiah Program celebrated the graduation of six amazing families from the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses in a moving ceremony on Saturday, June 13.

Board, staff, family and friends gathered to recognize this important milestone for these determined young women and their children.

As Lucy Gerold, Executive Director of the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, said, “Jeremiah is far from a free ride. Determination and persistence got these women to this place today — and oh what a glorious place this is.”

And as one of Jeremiah’s coaches noted, “Nothing is going to stand in their way.” Congratulations to these young women and their children.

Our graduates received degrees from:
Augsburg College
Century College
Metro State University
Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Also included in the graduation was presentation of:

  • SHERO awards for outstanding overall program participation, courage and strength to Judy, Alyssa, Amanda and Charlotte
  • RAVE awards from peers recognizing outstanding community leadership, exceptional community support, positivity and positive parenting to Shamieka, Amber, Libby and Shanese