Jeremiah program celebrates opening of new campus in Rochester

Updated: October 15, 2020 10:11 AM
Created: October 14, 2020 05:37 PM

(ABC 6 News) - On Wednesday, the Jeremiah program held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially signal the opening of its new campus.

The Jeremiah program is a place to help single moms and their kids' transition from poverty to prosperity. 

The new space is the seventh and largest campus in the nation with roughly 25 families moved in so far. 

The 65,000 square-foot, 40-unit campus located on the corner of Valley High Drive and 19th Street began welcoming moms and their children into their new homes late this summer. 

The building is expected to reach its full capacity of 40 families by the end of the year.

"There's nothing like it, when I come to work in the morning and I see the moms coming down the elevator, walking down the hall with their child in hand walking to the child development center it's just such an incredible joyful time," says JoMarie Morris, Executive Director of the Rochester Southeast Minnesota Jeremiah Program.

Nearly $17 million has been raised for the building. 

In southeast Minenesota, there are 22,000 single moms with children under the age of five living in poverty.

The community is invited to an inspirational live virtual grand opening event, “Many Hearts Make a Home,” on November 10 from 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. For more information and to register go here.

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