The growing population of low-income single mothers in the U.S. has increased the demand for effective approaches to reducing poverty. Jeremiah Program’s holistic, two-generational model proves that we can break a family’s cycle of poverty and propel the parent and child into sustainable prosperity. A recent independent return on investment analysis by Wilder Research found that every $1 invested in Jeremiah Program can return up to $4 to society through first- and second-generation benefits.
Jeremiah Program works with communities where:
Leaders embrace the urgent need to create a better future for single mothers and their young children living in poverty
Colleges partner with personal development programs to increase the success rate of students at risk for academic failure
Businesses partner with programs to develop employment opportunities that lift people out of poverty
Investment is made in early childhood education recognizing the high rate of return
Government resources for our most vulnerable citizens are not compromised by the pursuit of higher education
There are distinct phases to bringing Jeremiah to a new community to ensure that the environment and economic climates are conducive for a particular expansion location. These are:
Jeremiah responds to sparks of interest from a community, asking whether there is influence within education, government, philanthropy, business or congregations. Local leadership must understand and embrace the requirements of the model. A preliminary assessment of community capacity is made.
Jeremiah assesses the feasibility of a program in a specific community, asking if there is adequate leadership, organizational partners, or possibilities for lead funding.
A community moves to planning for a campus or non-residential model when there is critical mass of leadership and funding to launch the project. Jeremiah hires local leadership to guide volunteers and work with partners (e.g., housing, education, etc.).
A community begins building a campus or establishing a home with non-residential programs. Staff and programming are added. With local leadership, decisions are made regarding a campus building. Will a building be co-developed/co-owned? How will any partners be involved with the start-up, launch and operation?
Jeremiah Program is fully operating in a community. The focus is on creating sustainability with staff, board, volunteers, and fundraising, as well as on increasing the impact and effectiveness of the program.
Contact us if you are interested in bringing Jeremiah Program to your community:
615 1st Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413