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DCF Commissioner Blake Addresses 23rd Annual Reception of the Displaced Homemaker Network of New Jersey


For Immediate Release Contact: Ernest Landante, Jr.
May 15, 2014 609-292-0422

TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake today presented a proclamation declaring May as Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month to the Displaced Homemaker Network of New Jersey during the organization's 23rd awards reception.  The proclamation recognizes the difficulties faced by homemakers who have lost their primary source of income and encourages self-sufficiency through a variety of support services.

"Displaced homemakers are extremely capable individuals who have suddenly found themselves unable to support either themselves or their family," said Commissioner Blake.  "New Jersey recognizes the sacrifice of these women to care for their children and families, and we laud the work being done by the Displaced Homemaker Network to help them gain the skills needed to put them on a path to personal and economic self-sufficiency." 

A displaced homemaker is an individual who has lost their primary source of income due to divorce, separation, death or disability of a spouse and who must now obtain or update their skills to enter the job market.  Displaced homemaker programs provide a range of services, including life skills development, computer literacy training, job counseling and training, job placement assistance and resources, and financial management services.

The State is using $1,354,300 in federal Social Service Block Grant funds to augment eight displaced homemaker programs in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy.

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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