Jeremiah Program


Jeremiah Program serves single moms and their children experiencing poverty in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. JP believes that no mother should have to choose between investing in herself and her children.

About us

Jeremiah Program Minneapolis

JP opened our first campus in the heart of downtown Minneapolis in 1998. The campus offers 39 residential apartments and an on-site Child Development Center for children ages 6 weeks through preschool.

  • 403 moms and children participated in JP’s two-generation programing
  • 81 children benefitted from high-quality learning in our onsite Child Development Centers
  • 79 families benefitted from safe and affordable housing on our campuses

JP Celebrates 25 Years Empowering Single Mothers

CBS News interviews JP alum Lavasha Smith and Minneapolis executive director Patty Healy Janssen on JP’s programming.

MN Tech Magazine interview JP alumni and current moms about how to the program has supported them on their economic mobility journey.

Photo of the author, Jinaa Lane

Jinaa Lane explains how supporting single moms in the short term will help economies in the long term.


Ways to Get Involved

Join the movement to disrupt generational poverty in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Our supporters know that women are world makers and single moms are miracle workers. Your gift to JP helps ensure our moms never have to choose between investing in themselves and investing in their children.


Your commitment of time and talent makes a measurable difference in the success of our families. We offer a range of opportunities for both individuals and groups working with mothers, children, donors, events and staff.


We are excited to work with corporate partners in our community to further support JP families and invest in our mission. Reach out to learn more about opportunities to partner with JP Minneapolis!

“The Jeremiah Program is an amazing opportunity for single mothers and their children. Being a part of this community has helped me grow as an individual, and is constantly empowering me as a mother and student.”

— Emma, JP Minneapolis mom

Contact JP Minneapolis

Address: 1510 Laurel Avenue // Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone:  (612) 259-3014

Email: info@jeremiahprogram.org

Minneapolis Staff

Lori Alle, CDC Teacher

Brenna Besore, Family Coach

Amber Brockton, CDC Teacher

Edreena Browne, CDC Teacher

Lorrhonda Byrd, Family Services Director

Angel Glass, CDC Teacher

Dekaylen Groman, CDC Teacher

Hannah Hummel, Family Coach

Patty Healy Janssen, Executive Director

Meera Kannan, CDC Director

Joanne Kaufman, Director of Development*

Ezra Kenyanya, Program Manager*

Kim Laden, CDC Teacher

Peaches Peah, Family Coach

Zola Rosenfeld, CDC Teacher

Bree Saulsberry, Development Associate*

Vanessa Sonsteng, CDC Teacher

Sarah Straudt, Community Teacher

Wren Warpula, CDC Teacher

* Shared role across both Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses