Displaced Homemaker Services
Displaced homemakers are individuals who have worked in the home for a number of years and suddenly find that they are the primary source of household income. This situation may be a result of divorce, separation, death, or the disability of a spouse or partner. In many cases, displaced homemakers are underemployed and unable to support themselves or their children. After losing a primary source of income, displaced homemakers often need to return to the workforce.
Displaced homemaker programs help these individuals learn or update skills for today's job market. The goal is to help them become financially self-sufficient by providing education, job readiness training, network coaching, outreach, referrals to social services, and emotional support.
Resources for displaced homemakers
Local displaced homemaker programs draw on a wide range of contacts within their communities to help displaced homemakers find the assistance they need. Services at local programs include:
- job counseling, training, and placement assistance.
- job development services with identification of community needs.
- educational information and services.
- computer literacy training.
- financial management.
- legal information.
- life skills development.
- referrals to social services and outreach within the community.
- workshops on topics relevant to displaced homemakers.
Displaced homemaker programs in Cumberland, Ocean, and Union Counties offer short-term certificate education programs or short-term courses to help eligible displaced homemakers promptly enter the job market. These programs also provide transportation, child care, clothing, and food assistance.
Find your nearest displaced homemaker program