Jeremiah Program Recognized as a Star Tribune Best Place to Work

Jeremiah Program Recognized as a Star Tribune Best Place to Work

Contact: Gillian Linden

Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester Campuses Supporting Single Mothers and Their Children Earn Top 200 Workplace Distinction in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (June 21, 2024)Jeremiah Program (JP), a Minnesota-based national nonprofit with one of the most successful strategies for helping single mothers and their children overcome the barriers that sustain generational poverty, today announced its inclusion as one of Star Tribune’s Top 200 Workplaces in Minnesota. This recognition is a testament to the organization’s commitment to fostering an inclusive, supportive, and mission-driven work environment across its Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester campuses.

The Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health, and satisfaction. This year, the publication received responses from nearly 150,000 employees at over 5,000 public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune,” said Chastity Lord, President and CEO. “We prioritize being a place where JP staff can bring their spirit to work. JP recognizes the importance of competitive compensation, inclusive policies, and building a culture of belonging.”

JP’s policies promote an inclusive work environment, such as flexible work arrangements, reasonable accommodations, and robust non-discrimination policies. In 2023, compensation was increased for all JP program staff—many of whom represent the same underinvested communities as JP families. As part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), JP has partnered with organizations focused on diverse talent pipelines, utilized structured and unbiased interview processes, and provided DEI training for all interviewers.

Amidst continued state-wide shortages in early childhood educators, JP reciprocated the investment its Child Development Center teachers are making in JP kids and families by increasing teacher pay to $23-29 per hour and offering additional opportunities for professional development, including a new Early Childhood Education Fellowship.

“We are strongly committed to our childcare staff here at JP,” added Lord. “Each individual is an integral part of JP’s mission, and we want to give them the resources they need to succeed, including benefits, education assistance and reimbursement, and savings and investment plans.”

JP also provides exceptional benefits, family-sustaining pay, and generous paid time off for all staff members.

In 2023, the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester campuses served nearly 500 moms and children.

To learn more about JP or to get involved, visit

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 actively served 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.