Give to the Max Day 2019

On Give to the Max Day – November 14, 2019 – thousands of donors across Minnesota will rally around their favorite charities by making gifts to increase the well-being of our communities. This is Minnesota’s unofficial statewide giving holiday.

Jeremiah Program maximizes the potential of single mothers and their children to contribute to the civic, social, and economic lives of our community. Jeremiah mothers have shattered poverty’s grip by empowering themselves and their children. After two decades, we know that a safe, stable home matters and that attaining an education is a game-changing accomplishment for families in order to break through the barriers that prevent them from thriving.

Your gift makes it possible for Jeremiah Program families in Minnesota to continue to break the cycle of poverty, two generations at a time.

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant

This month, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation awarded Jeremiah Program a $100,000 grant to fund the organization’s new Strategic Growth Plan activities over the next year, officially bringing the total lifetime giving from the Foundation to over $1M. “We are proud to have been able to support Jeremiah Program across a wide variety of initiatives over the past fifteen years,” said senior program officer, Mike Zumwinkle. “Jeremiah Program is a strong example of the positive change that can happen in our community when we invest in families holistically.”

Jeremiah Program’s new Strategic Growth Plan calls for the organization to quadruple its impact for single mothers and children by 2023. Under the leadership of new Chief Executive Officer, Chastity Lord, the first year of this plan will focus on building a strong infrastructure to support this growth and significantly increase the organization’s ability to disrupt poverty, two generations at the time. “This is an exciting time as we embark on a new chapter for Jeremiah Program,” said Lord. “It will take a constellation of support to reach our ambitious but achievable goals, and we are beyond grateful to our supporters like the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation who help make this happen.”

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.