Jeremiah Program today announced that Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) has donated land at 801 Page Drive in Fargo, where a new campus serving 20 low-income single mothers and their children will be built.
“Catholic Health Initiative’s amazing gift of a $1 per year land lease makes it possible for us to plan in earnest for a 2016 groundbreaking,” said Diane Solinger, Executive Director of Jeremiah in Fargo-Moorhead. “We are deeply grateful to CHI leaders for their generosity and belief in the importance and impact of our program.”
The Fargo-Moorhead Jeremiah campus will provide safe and affordable housing, an on-site early childhood education center, and individualized support for helping women get into and through career-track college degree programs. The program serves low-income single mothers with children under the age of 5. Currently, more than 2,300 single mothers are living in poverty in the Fargo-Moorhead area, a number that has increased 16% over the last six years. The majority of these mothers have children under the age of 4.
“We firmly believe that the gift of this land to the Jeremiah Program is a gift that will keep on giving,” said Jeff Drop, CHI’s Fargo Division Senior Vice President. “A key component of CHI’s mission is to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities. By providing the gift of this land, we are living and breathing that mission, today and into tomorrow. We are very pleased to be a part of this effort.”
About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2014, CHI provided $910 million in charity care and community benefit—a nearly 20% increase over the previous year—for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. The CHI Division office is located in Fargo, North Dakota and provides guidance and leadership to hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, home care and individuals with special need services throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.