Mayo Clinic awards Jeremiah major grant for Rochester-SE Minnesota

The Mayo Clinic has awarded Jeremiah Program $25,000 to help launch a two-generation program to reduce poverty in Rochester–Southeast, MN.

“We are deeply grateful for this early investment from the Mayo Clinic,” said JoMarie Morris, executive director of Jeremiah’s work in Rochester–Southeast, MN. “This support is vital as we develop a comprehensive plan to establish this critically needed program in our area.”

Currently, 10% of the Olmsted County population is living in poverty, and the poverty rate is nearly double—19.3%—for single mother households. Olmsted County’s growing economy—due to the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative and increasing numbers of baby boomers leaving the work force—has resulted in a shortage of qualified workers. Jeremiah Program will both strengthen the economic vibrancy of the area and proactively help young families headed by single mothers walk the path from poverty to prosperity.

The Otto Bremer Foundation also has provided early funding for Jeremiah Program’s exploration of a Rochester campus, and an advisory committee of area leaders and funders offered significant assistance over the past year to advance the effort in Rochester.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy that the needs of the patient come first. Over 3,000 physicians and scientists and 46,600 allied staff work at Mayo which has sites in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Mayo Clinic also serves more than 70 communities through the Mayo Clinic Health System. Collectively, these locations treat more than half a million people each year. For more information, visit www.mayoclinic.org.

 

Jeremiah Program receives $1.05 million from National Housing Trust Fund

Jeremiah Program today announced receipt of a $1.05 million award from the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), administered through the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA). The funds will be used to build a 20-apartment campus for low-income single mothers and their children in Fargo, ND.

The purpose of the HTF is to increase and preserve the supply of rental housing for extremely low income households—those earning less than 30 percent of area median income. Financial awards are structured as forgivable zero-interest loans with a minimum term of 30 years.

“This vital funding moves us toward the finish line of necessary capital to construct our building and break ground in 2017,” said Diane Solinger, executive director of Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead. “Our community as a whole will benefit from the affordable housing and supportive services this campus will offer.”

Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director, concurred: “By providing housing for our most vulnerable state residents, we strengthen and stabilize our communities.”

The Jeremiah campus in Fargo, to be built on land donated by Catholic Health Initiatives at 801 Page Drive, 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. Jeremiah serves low-income single mothers with children under the age of five. Currently, more than 2,300 single mothers are living in poverty in the Fargo area, a number that has increased 16 percent over the last six years. The majority of these mothers have children under the age of four.

“Leaders in the Fargo area have worked diligently for several years to bring Jeremiah’s two-generation approach to families who need a hand-up,” said Jeremiah President & CEO Gloria Perez. “This grant makes it possible for us to leverage further support from individuals, local businesses and foundations for the benefit of the determined families we serve.”

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees NDHFA.

Raise the Barr event benefits Jeremiah

raisethebarr_groupPictured l-r: Jeremiah Minneapolis-St. Paul Trustee Margie Bodas with Executive Director Lucy Gerold, Anthony Barr and Director of Coordinated Family Services Rebecca Putzer

Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul was the beneficiary of Raise the Barr Foundation’s first annual holiday party on December 12. The event was the brainchild of Vikings Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr and his amazing mother, Lori Barr.

“We’ve had a lot of proud moments in our family over the last four or five years, and course raising a child you have all of those proud moments,” Lori said. “But tonight is really one of those that I’m most proud of … it’s a moment that exceeds all others.”

Jeremiah resident Alexis Stensland received a generous scholarship from the foundation.

Read the story, watch the video and check out the photos from the event!

 

Jeremiah Program expands to meet growing demand

Jeremiah Program is accelerating efforts to meet the growing demand across the country for its proven two-generation approach to reducing poverty. Over the next two years, the organization will increase the number of families served by nearly 70% and expand to several new communities.

LehmanTo realize this growth, the organization has named Jessica Lehman to a newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. With Lehman in this position, President & CEO Gloria Perez will have greater capacity to advise and assist communities in the pipeline, further Jeremiah’s voice in the national conversation on reducing poverty, and raise vital funds to serve more families. Lehman will provide leadership for campus operations, facilities, IT and HR.

Jeremiah recently established a new national headquarters in Northeast Minneapolis to allow for the organization’s growth.

“This is a time of enormous possibility for our organization as we seek to scale our program,” said Perez. “We are deeply grateful for the support of Ascend at the Aspen Institute and for key funders who are early investors in Jeremiah’s national expansion and innovation efforts: Annie E. Casey Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Foundation, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and Wells Fargo. Expanding our base of philanthropy partners is key to our ability to serve more families in need.”

New campuses coming in Austin, TX, and Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN
Construction is nearing completion on a new campus in Austin, TX, that will provide safe and affordable housing for 35 families, an on-site early childhood education center for up to 60 children, covered playground areas, classrooms for empowerment and life skills training, and staff offices. Families will move into the campus in early 2017.

In Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN, leaders are moving forward with plans to build a campus to serve 20 families on land donated by Catholic Health Initiatives and with major funding from the National Housing Trust, North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Otto Bremer Foundation, Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines, and Roers Foundation. Once Jeremiah meets a $600,000 match for funding from the Scheels Foundation and a private family foundation, ground will be broken, estimated by summer 2017.

New executive director named to lead expansion in Rochester-Southeast MN
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After extensive assessment of need and capacity, Jeremiah is developing a comprehensive plan to launch its two-generation program in Rochester–Southeast, MN. JoMarie Morris has been named executive director of this effort.

Currently, 10% of the Olmsted County population is living in poverty, and the poverty rate is nearly double—19.3%—for single mother households. Olmsted County’s growing economy—due to the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative and increasing numbers of baby boomers leaving the work force—has resulted in a shortage of qualified workers. Jeremiah Program Rochester will both strengthen the economic vibrancy of the area and proactively help young families headed by single mothers walk the path from poverty to prosperity. The Otto Bremer Foundation has provided $50,000 in early funding.

Innovative approaches showing promising outcomes
As Jeremiah seeks to serve more families, more quickly, the organization is exploring innovative ways to deliver its two-generation model. In Boston, Jeremiah is working with a network of organizations to deliver the core elements of its holistic model. Jeremiah provides empowerment and life skills training and individual coaching at its home base in Dudley Square and assists moms with finding safe and affordable housing and quality early childhood education, if needed. At nearby Endicott College, mothers pursue a career-track, college education, benefiting from Endicott’s cohort style education, small classes, and supportive faculty and administration. Early results show high college retention and improved grades for the mothers, as well as significant program cost savings in a community where land for building new housing is scarce and costly.

On its established campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Jeremiah implemented two programmatic innovations this past year that are improving results for Jeremiah families: 1) Expanded career development services to help mothers find better fitting and higher paying jobs; 2) On-site mental health services to improve family wellness for long-term prosperity.

Exploration underway in several other communities
In 2017, Jeremiah will hire a community outreach consultant to lead exploration in Brownsville, NY. Jeremiah has been working with Community Solutions, a New York-based nonprofit that engages partners to measurably improve the health, safety and economic prosperity of the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. In Charlottesville, VA, a community outreach consultant is working with community leaders to explore the feasibility of bringing Jeremiah to the area.

 

“For women, a hand up”

rochesterpicThe Rochester Post-Bulletin profiles the work of community leaders to bring Jeremiah Program to the Olmsted County (MN) area. Read the article.

Jeremiah welcomes the Rochester area community to an open program on Thursday, November 3, at 6:30 pm at Autumn Ridge Church (Timothy Chapel). Gloria Perez, President & CEO of Jeremiah, and a current participant will share the importance of two-generation programs to move families out of poverty. The gathering is free and open to the public.

Jessica Lehman named chief operating officer

LehmanAs Jeremiah Program accelerates efforts to meet the growing demand across the country for its two-generation approach, the organization has named Jessica Lehman to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Lehman will provide leadership for campus operations, facilities, IT and human resources.

With Lehman in the new COO position, President & CEO Gloria Perez will have greater capacity to advise and assist communities in the pipeline, further Jeremiah’s voice in the national conversation on reducing poverty, and raise vital funds to serve more families.

Prior to joining Jeremiah as Director of HR and Operations in spring 2016, Lehman was a human resources leader at Target Corporation for many years, managing store managers and HR professionals to promote a unified guest culture and drive profitable sales. She also led senior leadership teams and designed high-performing strategies to support the organization’s mission and vision. She received her B.S. in child psychology from the University of Minnesota and her master’s in counseling from Indiana University.

JoMarie Morris to lead expansion in Rochester-Southeast, MN

morris-35-copyAfter extensive assessment of need and capacity, Jeremiah is developing a comprehensive plan to launch its two-generation program in Rochester–Southeast, MN. JoMarie Morris has been named executive director of this effort.

Currently, 10% of the Olmsted County population is living in poverty, and the poverty rate is nearly double—19.3%—for single mother households. Olmsted County’s growing economy—due to the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative and increasing numbers of baby boomers leaving the work force—has resulted in a shortage of qualified workers. Jeremiah Program Rochester will both strengthen the economic vibrancy of the area and proactively help young families headed by single mothers walk the path from poverty to prosperity.

The Otto Bremer Foundation provided $50,000 in early funding, and an advisory council offered significant assistance over the past year to advance the effort in Rochester.

Morris was a partner at Klampe, Delehanty & Morris law firm in Rochester for 18 years, president of the Olmsted County Bar Association, and an adjunct professor at Winona State University. She served as a legislative intern for Minnesota State Senator Steven Morse prior to attending William Mitchell College of Law, where she graduated with honors and served as associate editor of the law review. She has done significant pro bono work related to domestic abuse, sex and labor trafficking, and citizenship for refugees. She graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University.