Mayo Clinic awards Jeremiah major grant for Rochester-SE Minnesota

The Mayo Clinic has awarded Jeremiah Program $25,000 to help launch a two-generation program to reduce poverty in Rochester–Southeast, MN.

“We are deeply grateful for this early investment from the Mayo Clinic,” said JoMarie Morris, executive director of Jeremiah’s work in Rochester–Southeast, MN. “This support is vital as we develop a comprehensive plan to establish this critically needed program in our area.”

Currently, 10% of the Olmsted County population is living in poverty, and the poverty rate is nearly double—19.3%—for single mother households. Olmsted County’s growing economy—due to the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative and increasing numbers of baby boomers leaving the work force—has resulted in a shortage of qualified workers. Jeremiah Program will both strengthen the economic vibrancy of the area and proactively help young families headed by single mothers walk the path from poverty to prosperity.

The Otto Bremer Foundation also has provided early funding for Jeremiah Program’s exploration of a Rochester campus, and an advisory committee of area leaders and funders offered significant assistance over the past year to advance the effort in Rochester.

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