Rochester, MN (October 12, 2020)-- On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 12:00 p.m., Jeremiah Program will host a physically-distanced, outdoor ribbon cutting ceremony to officially signal the opening of Jeremiah Program’s seventh and largest campus in the nation. The 65,000 square-foot, 40-unit campus located on the corner of Valley High Drive and 19th Street began welcoming moms and their children into their new homes late this summer.
“The social and economic factors that perpetuate cycles of poverty can be complex and include race, gender, access to education, stable housing and systemic barriers to economic mobility that can seem insurmountable,” said JoMarie Morris, Executive Director. “Jeremiah Program’s holistic two-generational model empowers families to mitigate barriers by making available the resources they need to redefine and reframe what is possible. After five years of cross sector collaboration that included a feasibility study, focus groups and fundraising, the opening of the Rochester-Southeast Minnesota Jeremiah Campus is a shining example of how communities can come together to disrupt generational poverty,” said Morris.
Jeremiah Program is on track to achieving full capacity of 40 families by the end of the year; but funding however, due to the pandemic has the Rochester Campus with $150,000 left to raise in its $16.9M Home Sweet Home capital campaign and make up for the 2020 operating budget shortfall due to the cancellation of two large scaled community events.
The community is invited to an inspirational live virtual grand opening event, “Many Hearts Make a Home,” on November 10 from 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m. The event will feature a virtual guided tour of the new campus, interviews and music from JP Alum Ashley DuBose and a sneak preview of the Jeremiah Program short film, Disrupting General Poverty. For more information and to register go to http://bit.ly/HPHearts
About Jeremiah Program
Jeremiah Program is a national nonprofit aimed at ending the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. We offer one of the country’s most successful two-generation prosperity solutions for families headed by single mothers in poverty. The impetus for bringing the project to the area stemmed from the rising number of low-income single-mother households, lack of affordable housing and the increased need for a trained workforce.
Learn more at www.JeremiahProgram.org/rochester