The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the Minneapolis-based Jeremiah Program $600,000 to help the organization respond to communities across the country that are searching for effective two-generational approaches to ending poverty.
Jeremiah will use the Kellogg funding to build a streamlined system to help more communities develop similar programs that move families from poverty to prosperity. Through technology, improved community assessments, new partnerships and stronger shared office systems, Jeremiah Program aims to significantly expand the number of low-income mothers and children served through its unique two-generation model.
“This funding makes it possible for us to build the kind of efficient system we need to respond quickly and nimbly to the growing number of single mothers living in poverty,” says Gloria Perez, President & CEO of Jeremiah Program. “Kellogg Foundation’s support will make it possible for us to help communities assess their needs and assets more rapidly, and to share the programming expertise we have developed over the past 15 years. In sum, this critical funding will help us go further and faster.”
Perez also notes that the grant will allow Jeremiah Program to improve its research and evaluation to drive the best possible outcomes for the mothers and children served.
About Jeremiah Program
Jeremiah Program is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization whose proven, holistic approach transforms families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Through safe and affordable housing, quality early childhood education, life skills and empowerment training and support for career-track education, Jeremiah Program prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance. Jeremiah currently has two fully operational sites—in Minneapolis and St. Paul—that serve 300 women and children annually. Phase 1 of a campus in Austin, TX, opened in fall 2013, with plans to break ground on a permanent campus in phase 2 in late 2014. In addition, leaders in Fargo-Moorhead and at Endicott College in Boston have made significant progress in establishing campuses in their communities. Several other cities are in the early exploration stage as well. Jeremiah Program was featured in the New York Times in February 2014 for its work.
About The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.