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Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead supports single moms and their families

Local program started in 2014 with the national arm having been founded in 1993

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Olivia Foss and her son, Leo, color in their apartment at the Jeremiah Program housing in south Fargo in the 2019 photo. Foss was one of the program's first graduates when she completed her nursing degree in May of that year.
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Since 2014, the Jeremiah Program has been helping single mothers and their children disrupt the cycle of poverty two generations at a time.

The nonprofit was founded in Minneapolis in 1993 and began expanding beyond that as need grew. Fargo-Moorhead’s program aims to support mothers in their personal and professional goals as well as challenges social stigmas about single motherhood, according to jeremiahprogram.org .

The organization focuses on helping single mothers access college and career support as well as quality early childhood education. In addition, mothers are offered a supportive community, a 12-week empowerment and leadership training course as well as safe and affordable housing. Participants of the program are encouraged to earn or finish a college degree as well as participate in leadership training to promote stability and independence.

In 2021, the organization affected 100 lives of mothers of children in the Fargo-Moorhead area, an increase of 32% from the previous year, according to its website .

In 2019, the Jeremiah Program in Fargo-Moorhead saw one of its first participants graduate from college. Olivia Foss had been living in the program’s apartment complex with her then-3-year-old son Leo as she completed nursing classes at Rasmussen University. In May 2019, she graduated and shortly after began working for Sanford Health in the oncology department, according to a May 25, 2019, Forum article .

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As of January, Foss began working at Edgewood in Fargo as nurse manager, according to a Facebook post by the organization, where she previously worked as a CNA.

According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research , single mothers are less likely to complete a college degree due to child care or financial issues; the Jeremiah Program aims to remove those barriers.

As with any nonprofit organization, the Jeremiah Program offers a number of ways individuals can support its work, whether that involves making a financial contribution or volunteering. Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities and needs is encouraged to contact info@jeremiahprogram.org .

The organization holds its annual fundraising gala in April. Applications for participation in the program are accepted year-round, with the training kicking off in September. Participants qualify based on income and must be on a two-year or four-year college track.

Danielle Teigen has a bachelor's degree in journalism and management communication as well as a master's degree in mass communication from North Dakota State University. She has worked for Forum Communications since May 2015, first as a digital content manager before becoming the Life section editor and then deputy editor. She recently moved back to her hometown in South Dakota, where she works remotely for Forum Communications as managing editor of On the Minds of Moms.
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