Baskets of Welcome

United States – January 28, 2015, 15:30 PM

Each new family moving into a Jeremiah Program apartment in Minnesota receives a welcome basket filled with needed items for a new home - from bath towels to bed sheets, oven mitts to children's toys. Each basket costs between $125 and $150 to stock.

Over the holiday season, Infor employees in the St. Paul, Minnesota, office donated enough items to fill 16+ welcome baskets and more than $800 to purchase additional items.

"We chose this nonprofit organization for our annual holiday local charity effort because it is based right here in St. Paul, not far from the Infor office," explained Mary Trick, Infor EVP Global License Management and Maintenance. "It also focuses on one of my personal philanthropic concerns: the long-term empowerment of women and the welfare of their children."

Eight employees also spent several hours compiling the donations into baskets.

"Donations like Infor's make a significant and immediate impact on the families of Jeremiah Program," said Sarah Lonning, Jeremiah program coordinator. "Your thoughtfully donated welcome baskets will help to ease the burdens of busy single moms who already are juggling the demands of work, parenting, and a full college course load."

About Jeremiah Program

According to the Jeremiah Program website, the program was founded in Minneapolis in 1993 in response to the growing number of children being born to single mothers in poverty. It does not have any specific religious affiliation. From the start, the focus has been on higher education as the way for mothers to move out of poverty into career-track, livable-wage jobs, and ultimately self-sufficiency. Quality early childhood education, safe and affordable housing, personal empowerment and life-skills training, and a network of supporters are integral to the program model.

There is one campus in St. Paul and another in downtown Minneapolis. Residents live in independent, fully-furnished apartments in a secure community that combines services, support, and social interaction. Jeremiah women participate in life skills education classes during their time as residents, gaining the confidence and tools they need to become truly self-reliant.

Photo caption: Infor employees in the St. Paul, Minnesota, office assemble welcome baskets for families moving into Jeremiah Program apartments.

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