We’re Shifting the Narrative on Poverty.

We’re Shifting the Narrative on Poverty.

JP envisions a world where women experiencing poverty not only hold a seat at the table but also hold the mic and curate the agenda.

A Story From Aisha Barry, National Governing Board of Directors Chair

Like many of you, the year 2024 has inspired deep reflection in me. I’ve found myself pondering how to make a more meaningful impact; I desire to do more. It’s in this spirit that I have made a decision that’s both exhilarating and humbling.

Inspired by my personal journey, I’ve chosen to make my largest gift yet to JP — a six-figure contribution to match all new monthly donors dollar for dollar. This decision wasn’t made lightly. It’s rooted in a profound belief in JP’s direction. It’s centered on a deep understanding that support structures for single mothers and their children in pursuit of economic mobility are crucial — like JP’s 1:1 coaching, Empowerment & Leadership training, backup child care, and housing assistance.

In my mid-30s pursuing my MBA, I was one of the oldest students in my class and a single mom with a 12-year-old daughter in tow. I faced countless hurdles and challenges. Yet, through it all, I found solace and strength in community—much like many of the incredible JP moms I’ve had the privilege to meet.

Now, as Chair of JP’s National Governing Board, I see my journey coming full circle. I’m deeply committed to paying forward the support and opportunities that have been afforded to me. I firmly believe that every JP mom deserves the chance to redefine what’s possible for herself, her family, and her community.

By joining me as a monthly donor to Jeremiah Program, you’re not just making a financial contribution; you’re investing in the future of families and communities, allowing the organization to plan differently. Your ongoing commitment will provide the stability and resources needed to continue disrupting generational poverty and creating pathways to success for single mothers and their families.

I understand that deciding to give monthly is a deeply personal choice, and I want you to know that your support will have a tangible impact on those who need it most. Together, we can build a more equitable and inclusive future for all.

Thank you for allowing me to share my story. I hope you will join me on this journey.

Shift the Narrative With a Monthly Gift

Poverty in America is often framed as a moral or personal failure on the part of those experiencing poverty, who are disproportionately single mothers and women of color.

The only way to disrupt the entrenched stigma is to replace it with a new narrative — one authored by single moms and grounded in their agency, resilience, and power.

A monthly gift will go even further to support JP’s work reframing cultural narratives on single mothers experiencing poverty. Even though monthly donors generally give smaller amounts on a per-gift basis, the aggregate amount they give over a year almost always adds up to more—even compared to those who give quarterly donation amounts.

We thank Aisha Barry for her six-figure gift to match all new monthly donors dollar for dollar.