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Nonprofit Sees Significant Growth in First Year, Announces Community Board of Trustees and New Office Space
BALTIMORE (October 20, 2023)—Jeremiah Program (JP), a national nonprofit with one of the most successful strategies for helping single mothers and their children overcome the barriers that sustain generational poverty, is thrilled to commemorate the first anniversary of its Baltimore campus. The celebration coincides with the opening of a new office space at 1900 N. Howard St. and welcomes esteemed professionals to the Community Board of Trustees.
In its inaugural year, JP Baltimore achieved remarkable success. Collaborating with community organizations like Judy Center and St. Vincent de Paul Head Start, the campus is now serving 43 moms and 94 children, with 14 moms participating in the Empowerment & Leadership group that started on September 12, 2023.
“I’m really proud of what JP Baltimore has been able to accomplish in its first year,” said Danielle Staton, Executive Director, Jeremiah Program Baltimore. “We were able to hit the ground running, engaging deeply with community leaders, partners, and families. We look forward to expanding our impact in the coming year.”
Furthering its roots in the community, JP Baltimore has added an accomplished group of leaders to its Community Board of Trustees, helping to provide guidance and insights for the Baltimore campus as it aims to support more single mothers and their children.
“We welcome this esteemed group to our board and are excited to leverage their perspectives and expertise at our Baltimore campus,” added Danielle Staton, Executive Director, Jeremiah Program Baltimore. “Our Community Board of Trustees is essential to helping enhance professional development service offerings, deepen relationships with local leaders, strengthen programmatic quality and impact, and expand JP Baltimore’s reach in our community.”
The board members include:
- Angelique Jessup Ph.D., Founder and Principal Consultant at The Connectus Group: Dr. Angelique Jessup is a multidisciplinary problem solver with expertise in literacy, early learning, school readiness, family engagement, K-12 education, juvenile justice, and workforce development. Bringing 15+ years of successful systems-level strategy and initiative development, she connects the dots across sectors and brings together change agents to work together to build partnerships, test strategies, and align efforts to build positive life outcomes for students and young people. Jessup holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The College of New Jersey and a master’s and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
- Simone Gibson, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Morgan State University: Dr. Gibson is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Urban Studies in the Department of Teacher Education at Morgan State University. Her research focuses on the preparation of both in-service and pre-service teachers to enact culturally responsive literacy instruction. This includes training teachers to enact structured literacy practices in ways that capitalizes on the linguistic and cultural traditions of readers from Black and Brown communities. She has nearly 20 years of hands-on experience in using training educators. More recently, Dr. Gibson’s research explores ways that varying international models may help to enhance popular reading pedagogy for educators in America.
- Tori Rose, Human Resources Management at U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Tori Rose is an experienced HR Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in coaching, strategic planning, public speaking, training, and management, Rose has a passion for the community and a strong sense of business development which helps her be an additional benefit to both her community and small business owners. Rose holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Bowie State University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from The University of Texas, San Antonio.
- Brittny Herring-DeVore, Ph.D., Director of Family Strengthening and Community Engagement at Center for Urban Families: Dr. Brittny Herring-Devore is a lifelong learner with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a master’s degree in Human Services and a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services from Walden University. She has held various leadership positions in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and is dedicated to serving and helping people improve their quality of life.
In addition to its new board members, JP Baltimore also moves into a new office space. Housed at 1900 N. Howard St., the new campus is adjacent to the Baltimore City Office of Child Support Services – East and symbolizes a commitment to accessibility and community roots. The space will serve as a hub for mothers and their children offering a welcoming environment for empowerment and support.
“Our new location is a testament to our commitment to the moms and children of Baltimore,” said Chastity Lord, President and CEO, Jeremiah Program. “We aim to provide a refuge for them and a space for growth as they continue to bet on themselves and look to the future.”
On Wednesday, October 25, join JP President and CEO Chastity Lord, Executive Director Danielle Staton, JP staff, and community members in celebrating JP Baltimore’s new space from 12-1:30 p.m. An open house will follow from 1:30-4 p.m. to tour the new space, meet staff and learn more about JP Baltimore’s initiatives.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit here.
About Jeremiah Program: Jeremiah Program (JP) is a national organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. By investing simultaneously in a mother’s vision for her personal and professional goals and the education of her children, she simultaneously reauthors her family’s outcome as well as her community’s — proof points matter. In 2023, JP is actively serving over 2,000 moms and children across nine cities: Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN; Las Vegas, NV; Minneapolis, MN; Rochester, MN; and St. Paul, MN.