Ocean County Offers Services to ‘Displaced Homemakers’

Aug 21, 2019

Ocean County has assistance for those homemakers who have experienced a downturn in their economic situation: the loss of primary income because of separation, divorce, death, disability or serious illness. Anyone in need of assistance to become economically self-sufficient may qualify for services from the Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County, located at Ocean County College.

This is a comprehensive program that aims to provide support services to help individuals become gainfully employed following their time as homemakers. Since its inception in 2007, the Displaced Homemakers Program has served more than 2,000 clients.

Comprehensive services include pre-employment counseling and training; career, academic and educational advising; information and referrals to community and social services; supportive counseling; personal, professional and life skills programs; and assistance with education and job placement.

Clients of this highly regarded program have achieved personal, academic and professional success in their lives, including completing short-term training through OCC’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education – in allied health courses such as pharmacy technician, medical assistant, certified medication aide, EKG certificate and phlebotomist – while others have graduated from OCC, and some have obtained a baccalaureate degree.

Highlights of the 2018-19 year include: graduates from a joint OCC and Rutgers University program, and those who earned bachelor’s degrees via Kean-Ocean and from Stockton University; one client’s induction into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society; past program college graduates who are now giving back to their community by serving in various capacities, such as a high school teacher, administrators in family success centers, social workers and nurses.

During this funding year, the program offered 162 hours of free job readiness training and 220 hours of free computer skills training. For more information call 732-255-0400, extension 2297. —P.J.

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