Displaced homemakers are individuals who have worked in the home for a number of years and, due to divorce, separation, death or disability of a spouse or partner, now find themselves as the primary source of household income. In many cases, displaced homemakers may be underemployed and unable to support either themselves or their children. After having lost their primary source of financial support, displaced homemakers may need to return to the workforce.
DOW's 15 displaced homemaker programs help these individuals obtain or upgrade skills for today's labor market. The goal is to help them become economically self-sufficient by providing education, job readiness training, networking, outreach, referrals and emotional support.
Local programs draw on a wide range of contacts within their communities to aid displaced homemakers find the assistance they need. Services include:
- Job counseling/training/placement assistance services specifically designed for displaced homemakers
- Job development services with identification of community needs
- Educational information and services
- Computer literacy training
- Financial management services
- Legal information and services
- Life skills development
- Referrals and outreach within the community
- Workshops on topics relevant to displaced homemakers
Displaced homemaker programs in Superstorm Sandy impacted counties - Atlantic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean - offer short term certificate education programs to eligible displaced homemakers.