Lisa & Jaelyn
“I was always a very motivated and determined person but I wasn’t ready to have a child at 18,” Jeremiah Program graduate Lisa says. “One minute I was finishing school and applying to college and the next I was considering a whole new set of options.”
Through a counselor, Lisa found her way to Jeremiah Program where her experience with empowerment training set the stage for success. “Empowerment is about making yourself and your relationships better,” she says. “And you need to better yourself before you can take care of a child.”
Lisa earned her associate’s degree at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and her bachelor’s degree at Augsburg College. She now is a community manager with Great Lakes Property Management—and the proud mother of Jaelyn, whom Lisa says is thriving in school.
“When you are at Jeremiah, everything is there: a support system, excellent child care, people who are in the same situation as you. You can’t get off track.” But she also notes that the program’s success is based on the fact that it doesn’t give handouts. “You have to work for what you’re receiving. You have to be motivated and want a better future for your kids. I have grown up so much. I am a good mom and employee because of the tools I got at Jeremiah.”
Lisa holds the distinction of being the first Jeremiah Program graduate to join propel, the group of young professionals who support the organization through volunteerism and social events such as wine tasting and service projects with Jeremiah families. “There is nowhere else I would want to give my time,” Lisa says. “I received so much.”