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Homemakers Returning to Work

For women and men who have spent much or all their work life caring for family and home, returning to the workplace or entering it for the first time can be a difficult transition.

That's especially true if the necessity to return to work is brought on by the loss of the family's primary financial support through some unexpected or urgent circumstances.

Through our MN Family Resiliency Partnership (MFRP) - federally known as Displaced Homemaker Program (DHP), we help individuals who have worked the primary caregiver for home and family develop the marketable skills you'll need to find and maintain a job.


Our goal is to help you learn the skills necessary for finding a job that can support you and your family within a year of starting our program. Here's how we help:

  • We assess your situation and coordinate and make referral to other services/agencies when necessary. We offer resources, referrals, and support to help stabilize and enter or re-enter the workforce.
  • We provide essential skills training, such as self-esteem, self-confidence, and goal setting to assist in stabilizing your family.
  • We can help you address issues ranging from non-payment of child support to dealing with violent partners. Peer counseling is available.
  • We work to assist you in pursuing a GED, diploma, certificate or degree that will help you find employment and develop a career. Into this mix we offer life skills courses. In addition, we provide pre-employment skills training for unemployed or under employed individuals.
  • We work with you to develop an individual action plan to assist in moving forward and obtain the skills to maintain and sustain employment.
  • Prior to looking for a job we can prepare and provide guidance to you. We provide workshops and one-on-one support with creating cover letters, completing application/resumes. In addition, we may be able to provide direct support services when available to address barriers to pre-employment, employment, and further education. This may include assistance in paying for day care during interviews or workshops, clothing and some transportation costs.
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