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While Jeremiah makes a bold investment in single mothers and their children, they also deliver undeniable results.—Rebecca Powers, Founder, Impact Austin
There are more than 15,000 single mother families in Austin, with 56,000 children under the age of 18 living in poverty. They face significant barriers to breaking the cycle of poverty for their family due to the lack of higher education for the mothers, safe affordable housing for the family and quality early childhood education for these vulnerable children.
Jeremiah Program’s comprehensive model supporting single mothers and their children will complement the well-established services currently provided in the Austin community. Our goals for Jeremiah Program revolve around three core foundations for success:
Safe, Affordable Housing
On September 19, 2013, Jeremiah Program cut the ribbon on phase 1, four units of quality housing available built in collaboration with Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation. In late 2014, we will break ground on phase 2, a 47,000 square-foot campus with 35 two-bedroom apartments, ample communal space, support staff offices, and an accredited child development center designed to serve 55-60 children.
Early Childhood Education
In phase 1, Open Door Preschool will provide quality early childhood education for the children we serve. An on-site child development center is part of phase 2 planning and construction.
A a successful pilot in 2011 led to continuing sessions at Austin Community College in 2012. In summer 2013, we again offered Life Skills classes at Austin Community College. Four of the young mothers in these classes became the first residents in phase 1 of our program.
Apply to our Austin Program
Austin is currently accepting applications. The next Empowerment Training classes start in January 2014. You can learn more about the application process here, or download and mail in an application here.
Support our Austin Program
Help get Jeremiah Program up and running in Austin. Your financial contribution will help us achieve our goal of opening a campus with supportive housing, programming and on-site early childhood education. Click here to give!
To get involved, contact Shannon Moody, Executive Director-Austin, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in volunteering in Austin, Texas, contact Rachel Grant at email@example.com.