Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Receives Otto Bremer Trust Grant

Fargo, ND – December 27, 2018 – Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead is pleased to announce it’s been awarded $50,000 for general operating expenses from the Otto Bremer Trust to increase social and economic mobility among single-mother families living in poverty in Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Otto Bremer Trust for its support of programming at Jeremiah Program’s newest campus,” said Lonnie Pederson, executive director of Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead. “This generous gift will enable us to enhance the family services, coaching and outreach necessary to serve our single mothers and their children.”

“Jeremiah Program continues to build on the success of its services and programming aimed at helping low-income mothers and their children to move beyond poverty and into a life of economic independence,” said Daniel C. Reardon, co-CEO and trustee, Otto Bremer Trust. “This is a model worth emulating and we’re pleased to be investing in the work they are doing in the region.”

About the Otto Bremer Trust  
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), based in St. Paul, MN, is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $650 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit

About Jeremiah Program  
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time with limited government aid. Two-Generational – or 2Gen – programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities.
Jeremiah Program operates nationally in both residential programs with integrated housing and early childhood services and non-residential programs where housing and early childhood education are provided through community partnerships. The organization is on a consistent growth path with its newest programs in Rochester, MN and Brooklyn, NY. Jeremiah Program also has a presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; and Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN.

About Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead 
Jeremiah Program’s Fargo-Moorhead campus opened in January 2018. It features 20 furnished apartments designed to support single mothers, who are required to work part time or volunteer, attend college full time, and work toward a career-track education while participating Jeremiah Program’s weekly coaching and life skills classes. The ground floor of the campus also features a licensed early Child Development Center that can serve up to 52 children ages six weeks until starting kindergarten.

Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Welcomes New Executive Director Lonnie Pederson


FARGO, ND – Lonnie Pederson has joined Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead as the organization’s new executive director. Pederson joins Jeremiah Program after developing a Master of Arts in Leadership Program at the University of Jamestown, where she served as director of this program as well as an assistant professor. In addition to leadership and program growth, Pederson comes to Jeremiah Program with significant experience in fundraising and business development. Prior roles included serving as vice president at Sanford Health and holding several development roles at Concordia College, including director of the annual fund and external relations, director of annual giving and development associate. 

With a proven track record for developing lasting relationships both internally and externally as well as a long-range tenure in the Fargo-Moorhead community, Pederson is an ideal fit for continuing the growth and development of the Fargo-Moorhead campus. 

“Lonnie’s experience, personality, and track record of servant leadership will help us deliver our mission of transforming lives two generations at a time,” said Jonathan Warrey, chairman of the Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Board of Trustees. “We are delighted she is joining us and look forward to seeing her leadership and fresh ideas benefit our families.” 

Pederson’s background also includes several advanced degrees including: 

* A Doctorate of Education in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, 

* A Master of Science in Education and Cognate/Counseling from The University of North Dakota, and 

* A Bachelor of Science in Health and Psychology from Valley City State University. 

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to join a team of dedicated individuals, board members, and community members who have literally and figuratively built a strong foundation,” Pederson said. “I look forward to joining Jeremiah Program and building upon the existing partnerships and am committed to furthering the mission to transform families from poverty to prosperity.” 

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.

GIVING HEARTS DAY touched lives.

Thanks to a generous community, nearly $90,000 was raised in support of single mothers and their children. Thank you for extending your kindness to our families. Special thanks also, to our Giving Hearts Day match donors: Matt & Rebekah Tompkins, United Savings Credit Union, The Halvorson Company, Matt & Ashley Halvorson, Dawson Insurance, Justin & Renee Forde, State Farm Insurance and Dora’s Dazzling Dames (a Red Hat Group).


Jeremiah Program CEO Gloria Perez’s Greatest Mentor – Her Mother

Gloria’s mother taught her valuable lessons about education, hard work and diligence. “She had to learn how to be independent and lead; she became the sole breadwinner and spiritual guide for the family. My mom’s deep faith, perseverance and adventurous spirit — she will try anything once — has always inspired me to follow my dreams and live life to the fullest.”  Read the full article in the Star Tribune here.

SAVE-THE-DATE: Community Open House is Feb. 7th

Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead is excited to host a Community Open House on Feb. 7th to honor the opening of our new building and ignite participation on Giving Hearts Day, which is Feb. 8thMoving day for our residents is just weeks away. We are excited to introduce our families and staff, share more information about our program and provide tours of the new building. More details are coming soon, so stay tuned.

Jeremiah Program Leadership Gets Firsthand Look at Progress on New Fargo-Moorhead Facility

KVRR of Fargo-Moorhead covers the touring of the new Jeremiah Program housing facility by national governing board and local community trustees. According to KVRR, “The two-story building will be home to 20 families which were recommended by social services to take part in the Jeremiah Program.” The facility will also include an early childhood learning facility and classrooms where mothers can advance their educations.

Board of Trustees Tours Jeremiah Program Housing Facility

Volunteers Host More Than 50 for Shopping Fundraiser

More than 50 friends of Jeremiah Program ventured to Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique recently to shop for great finds that generated several hundred dollars in proceeds. Single mothers and their children will benefit from this generosity which reached far beyond donations. A lively spirit of volunteerism continues! Thank you so much to special volunteers Kathy Spriggs and Marilyn Doeden for hosting this event and to Burlap for providing such an enticing venue.

Jeremiah Program Ignites Hopeful Journey for Single Mothers, Creates Better Future for the Next Generation

(Fargo, ND / Moorhead, MN – September 10, 2017) – Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. The organization currently operates programs in six cities and five states (Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, and Texas) and consistently receives requests from leaders across the country who are interested in bringing the program to their communities. Fargo-Moorhead will soon be home to a Jeremiah campus that can accommodate 20 Jeremiah families, making it the newest facility in the organization. The construction of the Fargo-Moorhead campus has been made possible by more than $6 million in capital campaign donations. Due to the generous community and more than 200 volunteers, the next generation of Jeremiah Program families will be stronger, more self-reliant, and on the road to economic independence.

Rasmussen College/Cycle Bar raise more than $3,000 for Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead

Cycle Bar of West Fargo hosted a packed house July 21st with more than 40 riders who donated their time, talent and sweat in support of Jeremiah Program. In tandem, Rasmussen College hosted more than 150 visitors for its annual community barbecue at the Fargo campus. More than 60 volunteers gave their time and donations reached more than $3,000 for the day’s events. Thanks for all you’re doing to support single mothers and their kids, and changing their futures two generations at a time.