Family housing dedication Wednesday

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September 22, 2003 // UPDATED 11:04 am - April 30, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Jeremiah Program, a supportive housing facility for single mothers, will host a dedication program Wednesday, Sept. 24 to honor families and recognize members of the community who have contributed to the program.

The Jeremiah building is next to the Basilica of St. Mary at 1510 Laurel Ave. A number of new families moved into the building this summer after the completion of a building expansion.

Sherian Grace Cadoria, a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, will be the featured speaker at the dedication ceremony. She was the Army's highest-ranking black female officer when she retired in 1990.

"Her story of courage in the face of adversity and her belief in God, which sustained her throughout her career in the service of our country, is remarkable and one that I know you will want to hear," wrote Gloria Perez Jordan, Jeremiah's executive director, in an invitation letter.

Mayor R.T. Rybak; Rebecca Yanisch, a former commissioner in Jesse Ventura's administration; Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman of Temple Israel; and Rev. Michael J. O'Connell of the Basilica of St. Mary are also expected to attend.

A number of artistic performances, including pieces by vocalists and Ethiopian, Japanese and Mexican dancers, will begin at 2:30 p.m. The dedication program begins at 4 p.m.

Visitors can also take tours of the building during the dedication.