Jeremiah Program Rochester-SE MN Receives $475,000 from Otto Bremer Trust Grant

Jeremiah Program Rochester-SE MN Receives $475,000 from Otto Bremer Trust Grant

ROCHESTER – December 27, 2018 – Jeremiah Program Rochester-Southeast MN is pleased to announce it’s been awarded $475,000 ($400,000 capital and $75,000 general operating) from the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) to address issues of affordable housing, intergenerational poverty, and workforce development among families headed by low-income single mothers in southeastern Minnesota.

“The Otto Bremer Trust is a vital partner in bringing Jeremiah Program’s proven 2-Generation solution to end the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their young children to Southeast Minnesota,” said JoMarie Morris, executive director of Jeremiah Program Rochester–Southeast MN. “We are deeply grateful for Bremer’s $475,000 investment in our Rochester campus to provide a safe and affordable home for low-income single mothers and their children in our community to grow as parents, succeed as students, and prepare for career-track professions.”

“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.”

Funding will be applied to construct Jeremiah’s 64,836 square foot, 40-apartment campus and on-site Child Development Center (slated to open in 2020) and support programming/operations, which launched this September.

Previous OBT support was instrumental in Jeremiah Program’s early capacity-building activities in Rochester-SE MN. OBT investments helped staff build necessary partnerships to secure land for its building site; complete architectural sketches for the new campus; identify initial capital funding to finance the construction of the new facility; and inform and engage hundreds of Southeast Minnesota community members and organizations in collaboration, partnership, and as program volunteers.

Building on this important work, funding from OBT in 2018-2019 will be catalytic as Jeremiah engages its second and third cohort groups of single moms and their young children in 2019 and prepares to break ground in summer.

“Jeremiah Program is so fortunate to have a philanthropic partner in the Otto Bremer Trust,” said Community Board Chair, Elaine Case. “It will be through this partnership that lives are changed, our community is enhanced, and true social impact will be realized. Thank you to Otto Bremer for your consistent leadership and commitment in our community.”

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.