Libby & Landon
Current Residents, Minneapolis
Libby can tell you the exact day that life started to get better for her and her son Landon: November 28, 2010. “I Googled ‘Help for single moms’ and found Jeremiah Program.”
Libby and her infant son were living with her parents and two teenage sisters in a three-bedroom house. Despite everyone’s best intentions, the situation was crowded and tense. Landon suffered from intestinal problems that required surgery when he was just one month old, and a seemingly endless series of ear infections.
Libby had been in and out of college, partly because of then-undiagnosed learning disabilities, and partly to care for her often-sick baby. Additional stress came from the lengthy legal process of seeking protection from Landon’s abusive father.
Today, after just one year in the Jeremiah Program, Libby has an outgoing manner and an easy smile, despite the responsibilities of taking a full load of college courses in Social Work and Spanish, working part-time with people who have mental illness, and single-parenting a busy toddler.
It’s a schedule that would overwhelm most 22 year-olds. But for Libby, her life at Jeremiah Program is “a relief, physically, emotionally, mentally. In every way, as a parent, a woman, a student and a survivor, Jeremiah has helped me work toward the life my son and I deserve,” she says. “I’m safe here.”
Libby has received therapy to help her recover from the abusive relationship with Landon’s father. A diagnosis of ADD and ADHD has meant treatment that helps her stay focused and organized at school and on the job. She has a goal — a career in social work and the ability to provide a life of opportunity for her son — and a plan to achieve it. They both have new friends and lots of support from the Jeremiah family.
“They just love me, and they love my son,” Libby says. She reports that Landon is thriving in his move to the preschool room. And, she adds with joy any mom will recognize, “He’s daytime potty trained. Yay!”