Women’s Center Offers Help During Economically Challenging Times

MILLTOWN — The Women’s Center at the Joel Gensler Career Center, a division of Jewish Family and Vocational Service (JFVS), serves displaced homemakers in Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer and Union counties.

A Displaced Homemaker is any woman who has been at home caring for family members and relying on others for financial support. Women become “displaced” when they lose financial support through separation, divorce, death or disability of a spouse.

The Women’s Center is one of 15 Displaced Homemaker Centers throughout the state of New Jersey and is funded through a grant through the Division on Women, NJ Department of Children and Families. All of the services are free to women who qualify. The Women’s Center assists women by helping them to become ready to return to the paid labor force. Women receive job readiness skills such as computer training, resume writing, interviewing skills, and begin the process that ultimately will enable them to become employed so that they can support themselves and their families.

In addition to job search skills the women find support through career counseling, support groups and the opportunity to network with other displaced homemakers who are also transitioning into life as a single parent and mother.

If you or someone you know is a displaced homemaker and you would like to learn more about the program, contact Noreen Noel at 1-732-777-1940.

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