Great Day on the Golf and Tennis Courts

Jeremiah Program’s 9th annual Golf and Tennis Tournament kicked off on Monday, June 19. What a beautiful, fun day on the course and the courts! The weather was perfect and the golfers enjoyed 18 holes while the tennis players competed in a round robin tournament later in the afternoon. All players gathered for dinner and to hear Jeremiah graduate Brittany Block tell her inspirational story of courage, bravery and perseverance.

Brittany said of her time at Jeremiah: “The Jeremiah Program provided me a chance to heal from some very old and deep wounds; and it offered me the chance to truly enjoy my son’s childhood. Because of the support at Jeremiah Program, I am able to be the parent to him that mine could never be to me.”

Thank you to all who played and participated. See you next year in June!

Fargo-Moorhead groundbreaking celebrates next step toward new home opening to 20 families in 2018

Fargo, ND — Jeremiah Program broke ground on its new Fargo-Moorhead campus in early June. The new campus, located at 3104 Fiechtner Drive South in Fargo, will provide safe and affordable housing for 20 determined, low-income families, as well as an on-site early childhood education center, classrooms where the mothers can build confidence and life skills, and spaces where they can meet with coaches to support them in achieving a career-track, college education.

“We have worked hard together to get to this day,” said Diane Solinger, Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Executive Director. “Many of our community board of trustees and supporters have been with us since the very beginning, even through the peaks and valleys. They have given us unwavering commitment, and together we are building a campus to bring this excitement to life.”

Why is this campus and Jeremiah important to Fargo-Moorhead? 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 four with fewer than half of them enrolled in pre-school.

Today a college degree is needed to move a family out of the poverty level.  Mothers without support systems often drop out of college because they are facing too many more obstacles. Jeremiah gives mothers the support system they need to succeed. The college completion rate for a Jeremiah mother is nearly 70 percent. From a recent survey of alumae from the past five years, women reported an average income of $47,609 and a 77 percent decreased reliance on public assistance.

“This vision was born in Fargo seven years ago. It took a long time to bear this child, but what a child it has born” said Michael J. O’Connell, Jeremiah Program Visionary Founder.

There are many community partners involved in making the campus possible:

  • Catholic Health Initiatives
  • North Dakota Housing Finance Agency
  • Scheels
  • Barry Foundation
  • The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Affordable Housing Program
  • Otto Bremer Foundation
  • Roers Foundation
  • Margret A. Cargill Foundation

Although the building won’t be ready for several months, the work toward assisting Fargo-Moorhead families began several years ago with initial empowerment and life skills courses. In May, Jeremiah Fargo- Moorhead graduated mothers from its sixth empowerment training, a prerequisite course for the program. The 12-week course focuses on several concepts including effective conflict management, assertive communication and personal accountability. Once completed, Jeremiah mothers participate in a life-skills class, which emphasizes career development, parenting, personal financial management and health/wellness.

About Jeremiah Program:
Jeremiah’s holistic approach provides safe and affordable housing, on-site early childhood education, and individualized support to help women complete career-track, college degree programs. The program serves low-income single mothers with children under the age of five. One of the advantages of Jeremiah is its ability to assist single moms with wrap-around services so they can pursue college degrees and become self-reliant while also supporting their children. Nearly 90 percent of children in Jeremiah’s child development centers are performing above age-development benchmarks and the average annual wage of our graduates from the past five years is nearly $48,000.

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Coiya Tompkins
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701-500-2890

Jeremiah Program receives nearly $40,000 in grants in the past 30 days

Fargo-Moorhead’s Jeremiah Program is one step closer to helping single mothers thanks to several grants that have been received in the past 30 days in support of programming, such as empowerment and life skills courses, that initiate single mothers’ entrance into Jeremiah Program.

Special thanks to the following companies and organizations who provided grants in support of Jeremiah Program:

  • American Crystal Sugar, an agricultural cooperative specializing in the production of sugar and related agri-products, awarded $5,000.
  • Bank of the West, a national bank with local offices in Fargo, awarded $5,000.
  • FM Area Foundation, a community foundation with a Women’s Fund designed to inspire girls and empower women, awarded $4,000 as part of its Women’s Fund.
  • Sammons Financial Group, whose Fargo office represents more than 70 associates who support both its Midland National Life Insurance Company and its North American Company, awarded $15,000.
  • UPS Foundation, a giving arm within the United Parcel Service, the world’s largest package delivery company and provider of supply chain management solutions, awarded $10,000.

Rochester Receives Significant Funding from Otto Bremer Trust

Rochester, MN – The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded the Rochester-Southeast Minnesota Jeremiah Program $75,000 for predevelopment of a Campus in Rochester to serve 40 forty families.

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. Jeremiah prepares single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children for success in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance.

“The funding from Otto Bremer Trust and assistance from OBT staff has been invaluable in establishing referral pathways for single moms in our area and identifying local program partners to enhance the long-term sustainability of our program,” said Jeremiah Program Rochester-SE MN Executive Director, JoMarie Morris.

For more information about Jeremiah in Rochester-Southeast Minnesota, contact JoMarie Morris, 507-254-7901 or jmorris@jeremiahprogra.wpengine.com.