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Published October 20, 2011, 10:07 PM

Jeremiah Program helps transform the lives of young single mothers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new program that's designed to enlighten women about empowerment has big plans for our community. Supporters are spreading the word about the Jeremiah Program, which helps transform the lives of young, single mothers.

A new program that's designed to enlighten women about empowerment has big plans for our community. Supporters are spreading the word about the Jeremiah Program, which helps transform the lives of young, single mothers. At this empowerment crash course, speakers engaged women in conversation about how to take control of their emotions. Right now, they're talking about what makes women feel weak, and what they can do to combat those feelings. The program's next move is to build a campus in Fargo, where some single-mothers can live with their children, if they're enrolled in college.

Barb Hanson – Jeremiah Program: "It’s about safe and affordable housing, its about quality child development, so their kids are ready for kindergarten. It’s about life skills, parenting skills, healthy relationship skills, etc, employment skills.”

They're taking donations to develop the campus.

A single mother in West Fargo is excited to finally find a way to support her family. She's getting ready for the strict program, which makes sure moms are ready to commit to college, counseling, and change.

This tiny bubbly little baby is helping Courtny Evanson turn her life around.

Courtny Evanson – Single Mom: "Just working on myself, you know, so I can be a better parent."

Once a high school dropout, 20 year-old Courtny's changing. Because of this baby boy, Courtny has dedicated herself to getting a diploma.

Courtny Evanson: "I want to go to college and become a nurse."

She's searching for some way to achieve her independence, and create a comfortable life for her and Aden.

Courtny Evanson: "I need to change my way of thinking and not just react so I can have better outcomes in my life."

In order to find the support she needs, Courtny came to a meeting here and learned about the Jeremiah Program, which can help her take steps toward success.

Mary Margaret Mooney – Program Chair: "It enables people to move beyond poverty, not only for themselves, but for their children and hopefully for the next generation."

Courtny's finding comfort with the program.

Courtny Evanson: "Being just a better person so I can deal with problems in a better way."

Soon she'll start a 16 week counseling course, helping Courtny be self-sufficient, strong, and certain about her future.

Mary Margaret Mooney: "It will give her the platform to launch into better life for herself and her son, by providing the housing, the child development, the peer support.

Courtny's come a long way. Now she hopes the Jeremiah Program will bring her closer to prosperity.

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