Groundbreaking announcement highlights Generation Builders luncheon

More than 350 people packed into the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead on April 27 to support Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead. Two Jeremiah participants, Monique and Amanda, shared their stories of determination, and community trustees Sandra Roers and Ruby Kolpack added their own words about why Jeremiah matters to them and the Fargo-Moorhead community.

The event culminated in a major announcement by Jeremiah’s executive director in Fargo-Moorhead: The organization has raised the capital to break ground on the campus in June!

More photos available on our Facebook page.

Hats off to the Generation Builders committee and especially its chair, Julie West. Their support and passion made this hugely successful event possible

  • Sean Bertie
  • Deb Boyer
  • Karena Carlson
  • Marilyn Doeden
  • Olivia Foss
  • Marissa Hall
  • Isla Law
  • Karen Lind
  • Nancy Novak
  • Cynthia Qualey
  • Elizabeth Scott
  • Niki Slusher
  • Matt Skoy
  • Frankie Sprague
  • Shannon Thompson
  • Jeanie Volk
  • Leslie Wegner
  • Julie West
  • Jeff Wright
  • Laura Viozzi

Jeremiah Program moves forward in Charlottesville

After spending 2016 determining the feasibility of bringing Jeremiah Program to Charlottesville, the 2GenCville Steering Committee voted in early January to continue efforts into 2017.

“We’re very excited about the decision,” says 2Gen co-chair Laura Merricks. “There is still much work to do, but also many single moms with young children living in poverty in Charlottesville whose lives would be transformed by this opportunity. We are currently looking into an excellent potential site for what could be a 20-apartment campus for our families.”

More information available here or learn about the need for Jeremiah in Charlottesville in the video below.

Rochester Area Foundation awards Jeremiah Better Communities grant

The Rochester Area Foundation has awarded Jeremiah Program $20,000 to support the predevelopment stage for a campus in Rochester-Southeast MN to help low-income single mothers and their children move from poverty to prosperity.

Jeremiah Program is one of 11 organizations to receive funding in the first cycle of 2017 for the Better Communities Grants.

“We are so pleased to support nonprofits who are making significant contributions through their programs in health, human services, education and the arts in the greater Rochester area,” said Jane Angelone, the foundation’s grants officer.

Read full details here.

Thank you to our amazing 1,426 volunteers

While April 23–28 is the official National Volunteer Appreciation Week, at Jeremiah Program we celebrate our volunteers every day. Our results would not be possible without the 1,426 volunteers who last year alone gave 19,231 hours, valued by Independent Sector at $453,076.

Our volunteers Cook for Kids, play with children while our mothers take life skills classes, serve as career mentors, and serve on our national board of directors and community boards of trustees. Here are just a couple examples of the many stellar individuals and groups who are supporting our mission to transform families two generations at a time.

Cooking for Kids in Minneapolis & St. Paul

Andy Claar, a trustee for Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul who works with TCF Bank, recently partnered with Winthrop Resources, a wholly owned TCF subsidiary, to gather two groups to Cook for Kids on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.

Barb, Linda, Wendy, Stacy, Vikki and Candace served up a tasty pasta spread to
more than 50 moms and children at the Minneapolis location and entertained the children with a cake walk (skip and jump!).

In St. Paul, Blaire, Carrie, Erin and Julie (pictured at top) served a taco feast and ice cream to 25 moms and 30 kids. The children enjoyed art projects and playing in tents, and the volunteers shared time with the mothers to talk about college and work.

Cooking for our families is a meaningful way for volunteers to support our determined young families. As our families and volunteers will testify, this is a win-win for all involved.

Sharing time with children in Boston

Mike, a volunteer child care provider with Jeremiah Program Boston, has this to say: “My favorite part about volunteering with Jeremiah is that I get to see how my contributions providing a forum for kids to play helps young mothers take time to build their own strengths and skills. I believe in the transcendent value of creative playtime, and am blessed to share my time with kids.”

As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we are mindful of this phrase: “No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” Thank you, thank you, to our wonderful volunteers.

Shamrock Wealth Management’s Small Request Turns Big

Shamrock Wealth Management celebrated International Women’s Day in March by putting out a call to contribute items for welcome baskets for families on Jeremiah’s Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. What happened next took Shamrock leaders by surprise.

“Contributions poured in, from our employees and then from clients who heard about the project,” says Will Berigan, president of the firm. “We were stunned by the response.”

Shamrock’s lobby overflowed with laundry baskets filled with cleaning supplies, sheets, towels and other items that are expensive for Jeremiah families. “It was clear really quickly that even though the request was pretty simple, the impact was pretty immediate and big,” says Berigan. In addition, Shamrock collected nearly $800 in cash for Jeremiah. Shamrock leaders loaded an SUV to the brim, delivered the supplies and took a tour of the St. Paul campus.

Berigan says Shamrock takes seriously its commitment “to do things for people we live with and to be connected to our community. And after touring Jeremiah, we were pretty convinced about the returns on investment.”

Giving Begins Early for Dahlia Weinstein

When Dahlia Weinstein began preparing for her bat mitzvah, one thing was very clear to her: “I didn’t feel the need to get presents,” she says. “I mean, I don’t really need anything so I thought why not have people give to something I care about, like Jeremiah Program.”

This past January, upon her bat mitzvah, her generous friends and family followed her wishes and contributed nearly $1,500 to Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul!

Dahlia was introduced to Jeremiah in 2015 when she was a 6th grader at City of Lakes Waldorf School. Students had been encouraged to start a volunteer project, which coincided with her bat mitzvah preparation at Temple Israel. She first participated in Cook for Kids but quickly became a weekly volunteer in the child development center, playing with Jeremiah children while mothers attended life skills classes.

“I love kids and have a ton of playing with them,” Dahlia says. “I mean, a whole roomful of kids is really fun. It’s not like work really.” This past fall, she also involved a group of girls from her school who banded together to make chili and cornbread for Cook for Kids.

Dahlia’s mother, Betsy Langer, says her experience at Jeremiah exposed her to important new situations and people. “Volunteering at Jeremiah put a lot of questions in motion for Dahlia, but every time she came home, she was full of hope.”

Dahlia, now a 7th grader, says she has learned a great deal as a volunteer. “I’ve heard so many stories about women and how they work and what they are doing in life. It’s really fun to meet more people and just have fun.”