Single mothers willing to work diligently toward a more stable life find a home at Jeremiah Program, where they can build a brighter future for themselves and their children.
Women entering Jeremiah Program earn an average of less than $8 per hour, typically have high levels of debt and poor credit ratings, and rely on public assistance. They usually live in unstable, highly chaotic housing situations and face the challenges of raising young children in poverty.
What sets the Jeremiah woman apart is her willingness to pursue a different reality for herself and her family. She may come to the program with a history of challenges, but she is ready to build a new future. She actively seizes the opportunity to turn despair into hope and dreams into reality; she is ready to become powerfully self-reliant. In sum, Jeremiah Program provides the opportunities, but the young women must do the work.
Jeremiah women are remarkable success stories. Within a few short years, they successfully complete the program having achieved their education goals. They have full-time, living-wage careers and the life skills necessary to be self-reliant and successful—for themselves and their children.
- Women entering Jeremiah Program earn an average of $7.56 per hour. When they graduate within 2.5 years, they have career-track employment and earn a livable wage of more than $17 per hour.
- Most Jeremiah women have relied on public assistance prior to entering the program, but after completing Jeremiah Program, they quickly begin reducing their use of public assistance.
- Women enter the program with a high school diploma or GED; 40% of graduates obtain a four-year degree, and 60% obtain an associate degree.
- Where they once lived in unstable housing situations, Jeremiah graduates can afford safe housing.
- Before Jeremiah Program, women have high levels of debt and poor credit ratings. Through the program, they learn to reduce and manage debt and practice sound financial management.
- 90% of graduates maintain consistent employment, and 76% have received a raise or promotion to other positions with their employer.
- Alumnae surveys show the 93% of children are performing at or above grade level.
Stories of Success from our 2012 Graduates
Meet more Jeremiah Women
AAS Degree in Acute Care Paramedic, Ridgewater College at Hennepin County Medical Center
Allicia’s completed an academic program that normally takes two years in just nine months. She worked hard to complete not only the class work, but also clinicals in a hospital and many ride-a-long hours in an ambulance. Her son is a happy boy who aspires to one day become the Red Ranger!
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Metropolitan State University & AA Degree in Biblical Studies with a one-year Bible Certificate from North Central University
Anita was recognized for her outstanding performance with a Student of the Year award from North Central University. She has demonstrated her commitment to success by attending two colleges simultaneously while also working and completing two internships. Her daughter Annalia is a lively five-year-old who loves race cars, Dora and sleepovers!
Associates of Arts Degree from St. Paul College
Jillian started Yoga Instructor Training at St. Paul College and the Physical Therapist Assistant program at St. Catherine University this past fall. Her children are active and enjoy their ECFE classes and quality family time bike riding, fishing, taking nature walks, and camping.
Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Rasmussen College, Fargo ND
Before Katrina completed the 12-week Life Skills course, she struggled with money management, nutrition, relationships and disciplining her three-year-old. Today, she reports that she is focused, calm and communicating well with family, friends and colleagues. For Katrina, this is just the beginning; she is focused on attaining a full, successful life for herself and child.