Jeremiah Program: News & Events
May 14, 2020
The Future is Now Jeremiah Program’s new virtual programming is more than a response to COVID-19. It’s an opportunity to provi ...read more ›
May 13, 2020
Jeremiah Program’s new virtual programming is more than a response to COVID-19. It’s an investment that will live past the pan ...read more ›
Return on Investment
Currently, 10% of the Olmsted County population is living in poverty, and the poverty rate is nearly double—19.3%—for single mother households. While more than ever a college degree is a predictor for family prosperity, single mothers face an especially daunting journey on the path to earning a post-secondary degree. They must juggle classes, homework, childcare, work, and running a household alone. In Rochester, the impact of a college degree on household income is especially significant: the poverty rate for women without an AA or a BA degree is twice as high as for men with the same level of education.
Olmsted County’s growing economy—due to the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative and increasing numbers of baby boomers leaving the work force—has resulted in a shortage of qualified workers. Jeremiah Program Rochester will both strengthen the economic vibrancy of the area and proactively help young families headed by single mothers walk the path from poverty to prosperity.