A Jeremiah mom gives thanks

A Jeremiah mom gives thanks

A resident of Brownsville, Eury joined Jeremiah Program in September 2017. The sole provider for her two young children and aging parents, she struggled to meet her family’s needs on a minimum-wage salary. After going through Jeremiah Program’s prerequisite Empowerment program, Eury came to a  deeper understanding of how her beliefs impact her outcomes, and felt renewed confidence in her ability to complete her degree.

With support from Jeremiah Program, Eury completed the admission process at CUNY Medgar Evers College and enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology. She continues to meet regularly with her Jeremiah Program coach, and a supportive community of other single moms pursuing post-secondary education. This community was there for Eury when her brother suddenly died. Jeremiah Program New York’s Executive Director, Shivonne C. McKay, a former minister, officiated the homegoing ceremony.

Through relationships built during her time with Jeremiah program, Eury has obtained a better-paying job that allows her to comfortably afford school, support her family, and even start her own catering business.

After completing her degree in May of 2020, she plans to get her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education, with the hope of one day opening her own holistic, all-natural cafe. She also hopes to one day use the skills she developed through her education and participation in Jeremiah Program to help other families whose strengths have been obscured by poverty.

We invite the media to attend our Thanksgiving Dinner Event to meet Eury and other families, and to find out what they are thankful for.

Thursday, November 14

The Greg Jackson Center

519 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11212

If you are a member of the media and would like to RSVP or to learn more about Jeremiah Program New York, call 929-443-1042 or email ssmithbranch@jeremiahprogram.org.

 The facts

  • The Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY has one the highest concentrations of public housing in the nation.
  • Nearly two-thirds (62%) of all Brownsville households are headed by single mothers and over half (52.8%) of all children live in poverty.
  • Post-secondary graduation rates for female college students and black college students in Brownsville are especially low – 22% and 17% respectively.

What we do

  • As a two-generation (2Gen) program, Jeremiah Program recognizes that the well-being of single mothers and their children is connected and must be addressed simultaneously in order for families to reach their full potential.
  • Our holistic program focuses on five key agents of family prosperity: 1) career-track college education; 2) empowerment and life skills training; 3) quality early childhood education; 4) safe, affordable housing; and 5) a supportive community.