Charity & Andre
Just a few months after Andre’s birth, Charity found herself at odds with her son’s father. The couple split and she moved back in with her parents. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she says. “I was in a controlling relationship situation and was paralyzed.”
Her older sister, who had successfully completed Jeremiah Program, intervened and encouraged Charity to apply. She was hesitant, she says, because she didn’t know if she could be successful in school. “I was blind to what my skills were at the time,” she admits. But with the encouragement of her family, she applied and moved into the Minneapolis campus in 2015.
She has successfully completed two semesters at North Hennepin Community College, finishing with a 3.5 GPA. She will finish her associate degree at Minneapolis Community and Technical College before transferring to Metro State to prepare to be a middle school teacher. “I am proving I can be a successful student,” Charity says. “Before I started at Jeremiah, I really didn’t know my worth.”
Empowerment classes have been an important part of her journey. “Empowerment helped me discover who I am. The classes helped me find my identity. I didn’t think I could be a good mom but then I learned that I wasn’t the only one thinking that. There were other mothers who were having similar experiences. I wasn’t alone. It’s a sisterhood here.”
Charity says the one-to-one coaching has been especially helpful. “Whenever I run into any kind of problem, big or small, I know I always have support.
Her son is thriving in the toddler room, happy and interactive with adults and other children. Charity says she has learned that no matter what your life circumstances, if you are willing to put forth your best, “Jeremiah is always there to back you up.”