Poverty fighting program breaks ground in East Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A program fighting poverty across the country is breaking ground on a new campus today in East Austin.

Shannon Moody, the executive director of Jeremiah Program here in Austin, joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss the program.

The Jeremiah Program’s proven, holistic approach begins with establishing a supportive community for determined single mothers to pursue a career-track and a college education.

“A combination of quality early childhood education, a safe and affordable place to live, and empowerment and life skills training, their families are stabilized and able to find a path out of poverty,” said Moody.

The 49,865 square-foot building in the Guadalupe-Saldana Net-Zero Subdivision in East Austin will include 35 fully furnished two-bedroom apartments, and an accredited five-classroom Child Development Center with two covered playground areas, computer lab, and space for Jeremiah’s empowerment and life skills training.

Everyone is welcome to come out and see the groundbreaking ceremony starting at 10 a.m. on “Paul Teresa Saldana Street”.

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