According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2,300 single mothers are living in poverty in the Fargo-Moorhead area, a number that has increased 16% over the last six years. The majority of these mothers have children under the age of 4. Barriers to their success include unsafe, unstable housing and a lack of affordable, quality childcare, both of which create barriers to pursuing a college education that leads to career-track jobs.
Planning is underway in Fargo-Moorhead to build a campus to serve the many single mothers who are determined to change their lives and their children’s futures. The campus will provide:
Safe and Affordable Housing
Jeremiah’s housing makes it possible for women to pursue their post-secondary education while living in a safe, campus-style environment. This supportive community is a critical component to the success of young families.
Support for Career-Track College Education
With Jeremiah Program’s support, women set educational goals, choose a career-track path, and get into and through their degree program. This individualized support promotes a culture of accountability and success, while adding well-trained, critically needed workers to our local Fargo-Moorhead economy. This support fully aligns with the community’s strong educational foundation of colleges and universities with a variety of degree programs targeted toward in-demand professions.
Quality Early Childhood Education
Children receive high quality early childhood education and care from a center located on-site. That means Jeremiah children enter kindergarten ready and on par with their peers, resulting in a reduction in the need for academic support programs.
Empowerment and Life Skills
Through the pre-admission empowerment program, women develop the confidence, independence, self-determination and self-management to transform their lives. Life skills training helps them learn to reduce debt, build credit, and manage their finances responsibly.
In spring 2015, we will once again offer empowerment courses for single mothers and interested community partners. Download the information here:
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Help get Jeremiah Program up and running in Fargo-Moorhead! Your financial contribution will help us achieve our goal of breaking ground on a our campus in 2015. Click here to give!
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