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May is Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month in New Jersey

For Immediate Release Contact: Ernest Landante, Jr.
Monday, May 12, 2014 609-292-0422

TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake visited the Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County today to recognize Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month in the Garden State. Her visit continues the Christie Administration's commitment to the services and mission of New Jersey's displaced homemaker programs and the women they serve.

The Ocean County program was among eight displaced homemaker programs to share in the state's allocation of $1,354,300 in federal Social Service Block Grant funds to augment programs in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy.

"After years of dedicating themselves to providing for their families from within the home, it is important to help these individuals gain the tools they need to become self-sufficient," said Commissioner Blake. "Through initiatives like the Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County, we are empowering these women to develop or re-develop the skill set necessary to participate today's workforce and lead more productive lives."

The Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County at Ocean County College assists individuals transitioning from home to the paid workforce following separation, divorce, disability or death or a spouse or significant other.  Available services include pre-employment counseling and training; career counseling and planning; educational and training opportunities; academic advising; information and referrals to community resources and social services; supportive counseling; health and wellness programs; and self-esteem and confidence building.

"We allocated considerable SSBG funding to short-term training for in-demand occupations," said Dr. Kate Pandolpho, director of career, employment, and counseling services at Ocean County College.  "Thanks to the funding, eleven clients have either completed or are completing certification or training in phlebotomy and thepharmacy technician, medical assistant, and home health aide fields.  More clients are finding jobs thanks to the additional funds for job training and education.  Just this week six clients found jobs."

DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves. In partnership with New Jersey's communities, DCF ensures the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey's children and families. DCF funds and directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children, and families each month.

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