Single mothers willing to work diligently toward a more stable life find a home at Jeremiah Program. Here they can build a brighter future for themselves and their children.
Many women enter Jeremiah Program unemployed or earning low wages; they 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, successful, and nurturing to their children.
- 61% of women enter Jeremiah Program unemployed; the remaining 39% are earning an average of slightly more than $9 per hour. When they graduate, usually within 2.5 to 3 years, they have career-track employment and earn an average livable wage of $19.35 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 dependence.
- Women enter the program with a high school diploma or GED; 47% of recent graduates obtained a four-year degree, and 53% obtained 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.
- Alumnae surveys show the 93% of children are performing at or above grade level.
Stories of Success from Our Graduates
- Kari is one of our earliest graduates, now an employee at Jeremiah Program and the mother of an amazing high school student. Read her story.
- Libby is a current resident on our Saint Paul campus. She shares her journey here.
- Mary Claire recently graduated from Jeremiah, bought a house, has a wonderful job with Hot Mama, and is celebrating her son’s successes. More here.
- Nekey recently graduated from the University of Minnesota. Her son Giovanni is scoring in the 98th percentile. Read about this inspiring duo here.