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May is Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month in New Jersey

For Immediate Release Contact: Ernest Landante, Jr.
May 19, 2014 609-292-0422

TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Alison Blake visited the Women's Rights Information Center in Bergen 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 Bergen 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 (SSBG) funds to augment programs in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy.

"We are committed to assisting displaced homemakers on their path to personal and economic self-sufficiency," said Commissioner Blake. "These women have devoted themselves to providing for their families in a domestic role and deserve a chance to rejoin the workforce. Programs like the Women's Rights Information Center are helping make these goals possible by cultivating skills that will allow these women to be valuable candidates for employment in today's labor market."

The Displaced Homemakers Program at the Women's Rights Information Center, located in Englewood, assists women transitioning from home to the paid workforce following separation, divorce, disability or death of a spouse or significant other. The Center's programs and services are available to help these women move toward economic self-sufficiency.

"Training women for work and to earn a self-sufficient income improves family stability, strengthens neighborhoods and impacts our community's economy," said Suzan Grey Burr, managing director and director of the Displaced Homemaker Program at the Women's Rights Information Center.  "The SSBG grant is providing a great opportunity for displaced homemakers in Bergen County, helping them restart their lives and create a better future for themselves and their children."

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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