Jeremiah Program featured in Rochester Women Magazine

Jeremiah Program Expands to Rochester

Written by Nicole L. Czarnomski Photography by Fagan Studios

About five years ago, Paul Fleissner, head of Olmsted County Community Services at the time, learned about Jeremiah Program while listening to CEO Gloria Perez speak in Washington, D.C. Amazed with the program’s mission and two-generation approach, Fleissner arranged a time to meet with Perez in Minneapolis. After meeting with her, he corralled community leaders in Rochester to launch a program. JoMarie Morris, a Rochester attorney, leads the way.

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A HUGE Thank You to our Remarkable 1,087 Volunteers!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week was celebrated last week, April 15-20, 2018, and although we celebrate our volunteers every day we would like to take this time to give extra thanks for their amazing hard work and vibrant personalities. Jeremiah Program would not be possible without the 12,125 hours our 1,087 volunteers have dedicated this past year, which according to Independent Sector is valued at $292,455.

Jeremiah Program offers several volunteer opportunities to contribute time, talent, and treasures to create a brighter future, which includes: Bullfrog Bash and Golf & Tennis Tournament events, Childcare, Cook for Kids, Hospitality, Life Skills Facilitators, Tutors, Career Development and Jeremiah Program Ambassadors. Each opportunity provides unique experiences and has a lasting impact on the families we partner with.

Cook for Kids in Minneapolis & St. Paul

Cook for Kids is a volunteer opportunity on our Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses that takes place every Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers are welcome to help out in our kitchens and prepare meals for our families before evening Life Skills classes.

Jake, Solomon, Zane, Daniel, and David currently attend Concordia Academy high school in Roseville and have become regular Cook for Kids volunteers at Jeremiah Program. They spend their Thursday evenings in the kitchen of the Minneapolis campus stirring up tasty meals for our families.

Jake and his team started volunteering for Cook for Kids as a way to earn credit for school. They have been volunteering since the beginning of this year and are dedicated to supporting Jeremiah Program’s mission through their volunteer work. The five high school boys have very much enjoyed their volunteer experience at Jeremiah and are happy to give a helping hand to the families we partner with.

Jeremiah Program is incredibly grateful to have these boys volunteer for Cook for Kids, as well as each and every one of our many other volunteers. We cannot thank our volunteers enough for the dedication they display to support our mission and create a welcoming atmosphere at our campuses. Thank you!


If you would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities or apply to volunteer please click here

CEO Gloria Perez named to new Community Advisory Board at the Minneapolis Fed


Photo originally published by Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder – Stan Waldhauser (06/14/2018)

MINNEAPOLIS, April 5, 2018 – The Minneapolis Fed announced the members of the newly formed Community Advisory Board for the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute. This advisory board, made up of 12 local nonprofit, philanthropic, and government leaders, including Jeremiah Program President & CEO Gloria Perez, will serve as an important resource in crafting the Institute’s research agenda on economic opportunity and inclusive growth.

Maximum employment is a primary aim of the Minneapolis Fed and the Federal Reserve System. In pursuit of that goal, Fed policymakers seek to understand the mechanisms behind high unemployment rates for people of color.

“Behind the unemployment rate are the lives of millions of Americans who are affected by job loss and lack of opportunity to work,” said Mark Wright, director of Research at the Minneapolis Fed. “We have to understand the causes of unemployment for everyday Americans, and that means looking at barriers to opportunity and lack of inclusion.”

The Community Advisory Board will provide input into the Institute’s research agenda by helping to uncover gaps in the knowledge base and by identifying and explaining the practical barriers to economic opportunity and inclusive growth in local communities.

Community Advisory Board

· Tawanna Black, Founder and CEO, Center for Economic Inclusion

· Bruce Corrie, Director, St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Department

· Paul Fleissner, Deputy County Administrator for the Health, Housing, and Human Services Division and Director of the Housing at Redevelopment Authority, Olmsted County

· Michael A. Goze, CEO, American Indian Community Development Corporation

· Danielle Grant, President and CEO, AchieveMpls

· Shawntera Hardy, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

· Ezell Jones, Vice President and Relationship Manager, CBIZ Inc.

· Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research

· Gloria Perez, President and CEO, Jeremiah Program

· Gregory P. Russ, Executive Director and CEO, Minnesota Public Housing Authority

· Sondra Samuels, President and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone

· Kate Wolford, President, McKnight Foundation


The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System, the nation’s central bank. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is responsible for the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous banking organizations, and provides a variety of payments services to financial institutions and the U.S. government.