Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead has received a major grant from Catholic Health Initiatives. The $57,560 grant, which will be supplemented with additional in-kind donations from Presentation Sisters of Fargo, will be used to train and certify four Personal Empowerment facilitators. These facilitators are volunteers who lead the required Empowerment pre-admission course, a vital first step for single mothers.
The training and certification process for Personal Empowerment facilitators will begin this fall. Adults interested in facilitating can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (701) 361-3873.
Community leaders in Fargo-Moorhead began making plans last year to bring Jeremiah Program to the community. The number of single mothers living below the poverty line in Fargo-Moorhead climbed 16 percentage points from 2009 to 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2009, there were 5,357 single mothers, 26% living below poverty. By 2011, the number of single mothers had increased slightly to 5,489, but the number living in poverty had climbed significantly to 42%.
“These startling figures prove that there are many women in our area who are in need of Jeremiah’s holistic model,” said Andrea Hochhalter, Community Consultant for Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead. “We are eager to get our program up and running to help change the trajectory of these statistics. And that is why we are so grateful to Catholic Health Initiatives for this important funding.”