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Displaced Homemaker Program puts Thousands Back to Work

Labor Department Encourages More to Sign Up

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Albany, NY (November 20, 2009) -

Can't See the video? Click Here to Get Adobe Flash Player. New York State Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith urges homemakers being thrust into the workforce to take advantage of a little- known program that gives them critical skills to land a good job and support their families. The program is designed to help people who find themselves in need of a job due to marital separation, divorce, death of a spouse, or because a spouse has become unemployed.

Governor David A. Paterson said, "At a time when jobs are more important than ever, New York’s Displaced Homemaker Program has helped 4,000 women over the past year. This program is a hallmark of the good things that state government can do to help New Yorkers in their time of need."

Sandy LaPlante, who was a displaced homemaker, said her life would be different if this program did not exist. "It wouldn’t be good. I’d still be doing the part time cleaning thing. I’m very thankful. This program really helped me a lot," said Sandy.

"This program helps long-term homemakers, like Sandy, get the training they need to build their self- confidence, successfully enter the workforce and become economically independent," said Commissioner Smith.

The Displaced Homemaker Program has successfully served 200,000 women statewide over the past 31 years. That’s why the Labor Department is encouraging more people to take advantage of this successful program. It teaches long-term homemakers vital computer skills, job search techniques, and interview skills. The program also offers workshops on resume building.

Displaced homemakers have extensive needs. These are problems associated with economic loss – child care, transportation, housing and lack of basic necessities.

Also, the disruption of family life may result in emotional, medical and legal difficulties. For situations like these the program also offers crisis intervention, counseling and referrals to various community service agencies.

To learn more about the Displaced Homemaker Program visit or call one of the 22 centers across the state. For a full list of locations click on this link:

http://www.labor.ny.gov/careerservices/dhpcenters.shtm

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