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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.

Early Childhood Education Changes Lives

Jeremiah Program’s approach to tackling poverty is unique, focusing on two generations: mothers and their children. This method is doubly effective with moms working on earning an associate or bachelor’s degree, and children working on kindergarten readiness.

Research shows that children with the opportunity for pre-kindergarten education are better prepared for school, have better peer relationships, and continue to thrive after kindergarten. Advocating for children to have quality, caring, early childhood education as their brains develop, means children are socially, emotionally and educationally prepared for deeper learning and complex peer relationships in kindergarten and beyond.

Jeremiah Program’s on-site Child Development Centers (CDCs) are Parent Aware 4-Star Rated, meaning they demonstrate use of practices that best prepare children for kindergarten. Additionally, all teachers in the CDC are trained in a trauma-informed model of care, to best serve Jeremiah Program children. Patti Daily-Ruddy, CDC manager in St. Paul says, “We know the vast majority of brain development happens in the first five years. Quality early childhood education is key in determining future academic and life success. Jeremiah Program’s research based and trauma informed care provides the best possible start for our children.”

Please join Jeremiah Program in providing this life-changing, two generation program to more single-mother families in Minneapolis and St. Paul by making your gift here.

Why Supportive Housing Matters

Jeremiah Program is aiming to change the trajectory of single-mother families in the twin cities by providing five key program pillars designed to help families transform themselves from poverty to prosperity, two generations at a time. In our recent mailing you learned more about empowerment, Jeremiah’s 16-week pre-admissions course taken by single mothers. In this article we will highlight another pillar – safe and affordable housing.

One in four Minnesota households currently pay more than they can afford for housing, often forgoing other essentials like food or medicine in order to pay for housing costs. Homelessness is hard to track and often looks like couch hopping or staying with family members. Many of Minnesota’s homeless are children, who struggle with a myriad of issues related to homelessness: truancy, illness, increased exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences and more.

Many, though not all, Jeremiah families come from unreliable or unsafe housing situations. A few families come from shelters or have experienced long-term homelessness. All of the families at Jeremiah are living below the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and regardless of their income, Jeremiah families only pay 30% of their income for rent on the Minneapolis and St. Paul Jeremiah campuses. This allows families the ability to afford food, clothing, daycare, books for school, and other necessities.

In conjunction with Jeremiah’s other pillars of support, providing housing to our families means they don’t need to worry about a safe place for their child to grow up or how to pay for their apartment. Moms can focus on their education and spending quality time with their children, and Jeremiah children, in turn, can have the childhoods they deserve.

You can help support safe and affordable housing for Jeremiah families. Please visit jeremiahprogram.org/givemsp and make your gift today.

Tackle Poverty with Anthony Barr

Tackling Poverty Two Generations at Time

by transforming the lives of single parents and their families.

I established Raise the Barr to help break the cycle of poverty for low-income single-parent families by helping single parents complete their post-secondary education. That means Raise the Barr provides school tuition, helps pay childcare costs, prepares children for success in school, and provides emergency grants for single parents in Minnesota and California. We’ve been working with Jeremiah Program since the beginning. I’ve made it a priority to visit the children at Jeremiah Program once a month during the NFL season.

That’s why, this season I’m taking the field to make my tackles count for more! I’m personally pledging $100 for every tackle I have this season to transform the lives of single parents and their families, and I’m asking you to join me and make your pledge today. With your pledges, every tackle means more families’ lives transformed from poverty to prosperity.

Anyone whose total pledge or donation equals at least $55 will be entered to win a signed Anthony Barr Helmet and a thank you shout out from me on twitter and Instagram.

All of the funds raised from this campaign will be split between Raise the Barr and Jeremiah Program and our combined work to transform lives two generations at a time. No pledge or donation is too small or too big. Every little bit helps provide a lifetime of opportunities for single parents and their families.

Thank you for your generous support!

-Anthony Barr

“If I’m just present at some point to try and be that father figure-type person … just to give them someone to look up to and show that you can do that,” Barr said. “You don’t have to have two parents or be raised with a silver spoon in order to be successful. It’s what you make of it.”

Helping families like ours!