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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.

The displaced homemaker program in Ocean County offers 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

Atlantic County Avanzar Displaced Homemaker Program
Bergen County Displaced Homemaker Program at the Bergen One-Stop Career Center
  Women's Rights Information Center
Burlington County Women's Opportunity Center
Camden County Center for Family Services Displaced Homemaker Program (ReStart)
Cape May County Center for Family Services Displaced Homemaker Program (ReStart)
Cumberland County Rowan College South Jersey-Displaced Homemaker Program
Essex County National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section: The Linda & Rudy Slucker Center for Women
Gloucester County Rowan College South Jersey-Center for People in Transition
Hudson County Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark Displaced Homemakers Program
Hunterdon County NORWESCAP Career and Life Transitions Center for Women
Mercer County Avanzar Displaced Homemaker Program
Middlesex County The Women's Center at Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County
Monmouth County Brookdale at Long Branch: Displaced Homemakers Services
Morris County The Women's Center at County College of Morris
Ocean County Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County
Passaic County Women in Transition: Wayne Counseling & Family Services
Salem County Center for Family Services Displaced Homemaker Program (ReStart)
Somerset County NORWESCAP Career and Life Transitions Center for Women
Sussex County Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County
Union County Union County College, Center for Economic and Workforce Development
Warren County NORWESCAP Career and Life Transitions Center for Women