Move Families From Poverty to Prosperity Two Generations at a Time
Right now in the United States, 18 million children are growing up in single mother homes. Many of these single mothers face poverty-induced hardships that prevent them from pursuing the educational opportunities they and their families need to succeed. Struggles like finding childcare and financial resources continue to stack up until they're buried without support or hope of breaking out of poverty's grasp. Children—not knowing any other way to live—step onto the endless treadmill of cyclical poverty and the struggles are passed down generation to generation.
Generational poverty has met its match. One of the nation's most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity originated from Jeremiah Program, the innovator of a national two-generation model. Jeremiah Program works with determined single mothers and their children to provide affordable safe housing, empowerment training and life skills, personal career coaching, early childhood education, and a supportive community. Whereas other programs focus on either the parent or the child, Jeremiah Program welcomes both into its program and empower both towards academic success.
Over the past twenty years, the Jeremiah Program has documented success in helping thousands of families escape the cycle of poverty. A recent survey of Jeremiah Program alumni showed that 100% of surveyed graduates are living in safe housing, 91% are employed or continuing their education, and 81% of their children are performing at or above grade level; 80% have moved their families from below to above the Federal Poverty Line, demonstrating the organization’s impact on the wider community. On average, mothers who participate in their program have a college graduation rate of 55% (compared to only 27% of single mother students nationally (IWPR, 2017)).