The mission of the Womenâ€™s Center is to serve the varied needs of Displaced Homemakers in their quest for economic self-sufficiency. Displaced homemakers are individuals who have worked in the home for a number of years and due to the divorce, separation, death or disability of a spouse or partner, now find themselves as the primary source of household income. In many cases displaced homemakers may be underemployed and unable to support either themselves or their children.
The Womenâ€™s Center works to accomplish its mission by offering a full range of comprehensive services and programming that provides individuals the skills and knowledge needed to achieve their employment goals and become financially self-sufficient. We do this through career counseling, education and training, job readiness, networking, outreach, referrals and emotional support.
The Womenâ€™s Center at County College of Morris is a grant-funded program through the New Jersey Division on Women (DOW) and has been serving Displaced Homemakers for over 25 years, helping thousands of individuals become economically independent.
The Womenâ€™s Center serves individuals from Morris County and surrounding areas. We are one of twenty-two centers across the state of New Jersey. The Womenâ€™s Center at CCM is part of the Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey, Inc., a 501(c)(3) partnership of service providers and concerned citizens who support and advocate for the needs of Displaced Homemakers.
In 1974, the New Jersey Division on Women (DOW) was established by statute as a pioneering state agency for womenâ€™s advocacy. Today, DOW continues the tradition of advocating for womenâ€™s rights and opportunities by funding organizations, agencies and programs that serve New Jersey women.
In 1979, New Jersey enacted the Displaced Homemakers Act to assist individuals who lost their primary source of income due to divorce, separation, death or disability of a spouse and must obtain or upgrade skills to transition into the labor market.
In 2013, legislation was enacted designating May as â€śDisplaced Homemakers Awareness Monthâ€ť in New Jersey.
Across the state, Displaced Homemaker programs have assisted more than 750,000 women.