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National Leaders Promote 2Gen as Opportunity for Future

Aspen Institute Forum on Children and Families

As state and federal lawmakers prepare for the year ahead, there is momentum for solid strategies that move families toward opportunity. The second Aspen Forum on Children and Families, being held February 26-27, will bring together national leaders – policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists – to surface bold and practical ideas for investing in the full potential of children and families, two generations at a time.

Jeremiah Program will be one of the success stories highlighted on Wednesday as well as a presentation by Minnesota Viking linebacker Anthony Barr who participated in a Christmas event with Jeremiah December 2018. His foundation, Raise the Barr, “is committed to assisting single parents overcome poverty and/or difficult financial circumstances through attaining a post-secondary degree or certification,” according to its website.

As a Fellow at Aspen Institute, Gloria Perez, Jeremiah CEO, is deeply involved in the research and training on 2Gen opportunities. Ascend Fellows are visionary, entrepreneurial leaders with bold ideas that can move the needle on health and well-being and offer concrete economic and social
mobility pathways for children and their families.

Although the registration is closed for the forum, live streaming is planned for the entire two-day event.

About Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul Receives Otto Bremer Trust Grant

MINNEAPOLIS – December 27, 2018 – Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul is pleased to announce it’s been awarded $40,000 for general operating expenses from the Otto Bremer Trust to increase social and economic mobility among families headed by low-income single mothers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing and longstanding support from the Otto Bremer Trust that continues to help families transform themselves out of generational poverty into prosperity two generations at a time,” said La Juana Whitmore, executive director of Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. “The commitment to the Minneapolis-St. Paul community from the Otto Bremer Trust continues to inspire us to move our mission forward.”

“Jeremiah Program continues to build on the success of its services and programming aimed at helping low-income mothers and their children to move beyond poverty and into a life of economic independence,” said Daniel C. Reardon, co-CEO and trustee, Otto Bremer Trust. “This is a model worth emulating and we’re pleased to be investing in the work they are doing in the region.”

About the Otto Bremer Trust

The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), based in St. Paul, MN, is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $650 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit https://ottobremer.org.

About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time with limited government aid. Two-Generational – or 2Gen – programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities.

Jeremiah Program operates nationally in both residential programs with integrated housing and early childhood services and non-residential programs where housing and early childhood education are provided through community partnerships. The organization is on a consistent growth path with its newest programs in Rochester, MN and Brooklyn, NY. Jeremiah Program also has a presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; and Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN.

Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Receives Otto Bremer Trust Grant

Fargo, ND – December 27, 2018 – Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead is pleased to announce it’s been awarded $50,000 for general operating expenses from the Otto Bremer Trust to increase social and economic mobility among single-mother families living in poverty in Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Otto Bremer Trust for its support of programming at Jeremiah Program’s newest campus,” said Lonnie Pederson, executive director of Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead. “This generous gift will enable us to enhance the family services, coaching and outreach necessary to serve our single mothers and their children.”

“Jeremiah Program continues to build on the success of its services and programming aimed at helping low-income mothers and their children to move beyond poverty and into a life of economic independence,” said Daniel C. Reardon, co-CEO and trustee, Otto Bremer Trust. “This is a model worth emulating and we’re pleased to be investing in the work they are doing in the region.”

About the Otto Bremer Trust  
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), based in St. Paul, MN, is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $650 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit https://ottobremer.org.

About Jeremiah Program  
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time with limited government aid. Two-Generational – or 2Gen – programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities.
Jeremiah Program operates nationally in both residential programs with integrated housing and early childhood services and non-residential programs where housing and early childhood education are provided through community partnerships. The organization is on a consistent growth path with its newest programs in Rochester, MN and Brooklyn, NY. Jeremiah Program also has a presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; and Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN.

About Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead 
Jeremiah Program’s Fargo-Moorhead campus opened in January 2018. It features 20 furnished apartments designed to support single mothers, who are required to work part time or volunteer, attend college full time, and work toward a career-track education while participating Jeremiah Program’s weekly coaching and life skills classes. The ground floor of the campus also features a licensed early Child Development Center that can serve up to 52 children ages six weeks until starting kindergarten.

Jeremiah Program Rochester-SE MN Receives $475,000 from Otto Bremer Trust Grant

ROCHESTER – December 27, 2018 – Jeremiah Program Rochester-Southeast MN is pleased to announce it’s been awarded $475,000 ($400,000 capital and $75,000 general operating) from the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) to address issues of affordable housing, intergenerational poverty, and workforce development among families headed by low-income single mothers in southeastern Minnesota.

“The Otto Bremer Trust is a vital partner in bringing Jeremiah Program’s proven 2-Generation solution to end the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their young children to Southeast Minnesota,” said JoMarie Morris, executive director of Jeremiah Program Rochester–Southeast MN. “We are deeply grateful for Bremer’s $475,000 investment in our Rochester campus to provide a safe and affordable home for low-income single mothers and their children in our community to grow as parents, succeed as students, and prepare for career-track professions.”

“Jeremiah Program continues to build on the success of its services and programming aimed at helping low-income mothers and their children to move beyond poverty and into a life of economic independence,” said Daniel C. Reardon, co-CEO and trustee, Otto Bremer Trust. “This is a model worth emulating and we’re pleased to be investing in the work they are doing in the region.”

Funding will be applied to construct Jeremiah’s 64,836 square foot, 40-apartment campus and on-site Child Development Center (slated to open in 2020) and support programming/operations, which launched this September.

Previous OBT support was instrumental in Jeremiah Program’s early capacity-building activities in Rochester-SE MN. OBT investments helped staff build necessary partnerships to secure land for its building site; complete architectural sketches for the new campus; identify initial capital funding to finance the construction of the new facility; and inform and engage hundreds of Southeast Minnesota community members and organizations in collaboration, partnership, and as program volunteers.

Building on this important work, funding from OBT in 2018-2019 will be catalytic as Jeremiah engages its second and third cohort groups of single moms and their young children in 2019 and prepares to break ground in summer.

“Jeremiah Program is so fortunate to have a philanthropic partner in the Otto Bremer Trust,” said Community Board Chair, Elaine Case. “It will be through this partnership that lives are changed, our community is enhanced, and true social impact will be realized. Thank you to Otto Bremer for your consistent leadership and commitment in our community.”

About the Otto Bremer Trust  
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), based in St. Paul, MN, is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $650 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit https://ottobremer.org.

About Jeremiah Program  
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time with limited government aid. Two-Generational – or 2Gen – programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities.
Jeremiah Program operates nationally in both residential programs with integrated housing and early childhood services and non-residential programs where housing and early childhood education are provided through community partnerships. The organization is on a consistent growth path with its newest programs in Rochester, MN and Brooklyn, NY. Jeremiah Program also has a presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; and Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN.

Jeremiah Program Welcomes New Governing Board of Directors   

MINNEAPOLIS – December 31, 2018 – Jeremiah Program is pleased to announce its new governing board of directors: Erin Peterson, Inés Sira, and Jeremy Wheaton.

“Jeremiah Program is incredibly fortunate to welcome extraordinary members to the governing board, said Jeremiah Program CEO, Gloria Perez. “Their extensive business experience is a true asset and we’re grateful for their commitment to transforming lives, two generations at a time.”

Erin (McDermott) Peterson (Austin, TX), Partner and Global Talent Acquisition Consultant at PeopleResults  
Erin Peterson is a Talent Acquisition Leader and Consultant specializing in global recruitment, process innovation, employment brand, and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). She has been fortunate to work inside and consult with many well-known brands including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, Amazon, and NFP.

Erin is a frequent speaker at conferences and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, HR Executive Magazine and has published articles in the Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership (see below). She has a degree in Psychology from Concordia College, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Staffing Management Association (now STAR Chicago) and I.C. Stars, a Chicago based not-for-profit. She and her husband currently live in Austin, TX. Erin is currently serving as chair of Jeremiah Program’s Governing HR Committee.

Inés Sira (Minneapolis, MN), Global Business Leader, Scotchlite Reflective Materials, 3M  
Inés is a visionary executive with an outstanding record of delivering results and raising the bar in execution. She has a keen ability to accelerate business growth in all product life cycles and multiple business models, drive results and develop high performing teams by translating business strategies into actionable objectives. Inés is a creative leader who shapes business outcomes, champions change and can manage ambiguity and navigate within a matrixed organization.

She has deep experience in global, international and US business management, business development, strategic planning, marketing, digital and sales management, product development, operations, P&L management, regulatory, clinical research and reimbursement. Inés is currently serving on Jeremiah Program’s Governing Advancement Committee.

Jeremy Wheaton (Minneapolis, MN), President & CEO, ECMC  
Jeremy has spent 20 years leading high growth, entrepreneurial businesses to achieve strong outcomes through engaged teams, focused on a clear vision and strategy. Jeremy is a new CEO at ECMC and relocated to Minneapolis from the Chicago area. ECMC has made a multi-year investment in Jeremiah Program capacity-building and Jeremy is excited to build a strategic partnership with Jeremiah Program.

Jeremy was raised by a single mom and has a passion for the transformative value of education. He is currently serving on Jeremiah Program’s Governing Finance Committee.

About Jeremiah Program 
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies to end the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children two generations at a time. As a leader in the field of 2-Gen programs, Jeremiah uniquely focuses on the whole family to achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities.

Jeremiah Program currently operates nationally in both residential programs with integrated early childhood services and non-residential programs where housing and early childhood education are provided through community partnerships and resources. The organization is on a consistent growth path with its newest programs in Rochester, Minn. and Brooklyn, N.Y. Jeremiah Program also has a presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minn. Austin, Texas; Boston, Mass.; and Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.

Education is Power

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

In the culmination of our deep dive into Jeremiah Program’s five pillars, we are exploring the positive effects of career track education for Jeremiah families. In collaboration with Jeremiah’s other four pillars (supportive community, quality early childhood education, empowerment and life skills training, and safe and affordable housing), career track education helps launch Jeremiah mothers into lifelong success.

Career track education can look different for each of our families; some Jeremiah moms choose an associate’s degree and later complete their bachelor’s degree, and some achieve a teaching license or nursing certification. Our families live at Jeremiah program for an average of three years, giving them the time and flexibility to attend school, work, raise their children and launch themselves into a higher paying, rewarding career.

Jeremiah provides the foundation, the pillars and the support, and our families do the hard work every day, using their own determination and tenacity, to create change for themselves.

Jeremiah Program truly is a place for transformation.

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