NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – In August 2020, the Minnesota Displaced Homemaker Program was renamed the Minnesota Family Resiliency Partnership. The name has changed, but the need for community support has not. In 2018 and 2019, 63 percent of those who participated in the program were victims of domestic violence, 85 percent received no judicial child support, and 27 percent were homeless. Over 5,400 people, including their families and children, received services designed to assist them in pursuing meaningful careers amid significant life changes. 97 percent of these participants successfully completed the program.
For over 40 years, the program has provided specialized pre-hiring and family stabilization services through a network of six regional providers across Minnesota. Participants are caregivers who previously relied on financial support from others and lost that income due to death, disability, divorce, abandonment, or loss of public support.
These services have become even more important as a global pandemic affects the number of jobs available and increases competition when parents also have to juggle childcare and secondary education support at home. Most of the time, women sacrifice employment to provide for families, and the longer they are unemployed, the harder it is to return. The partnership is more committed than ever to its mission during this time and will continue to support former caregivers in times of crisis and instability, while empowering all who serve to become agents of change in their own lives.
This career path program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, provides individuals with the job readiness skills and other services necessary to stabilize their families and homes while preparing them for work. Participants receive one-on-one support focused on career research, education and training, as well as acquiring the skills necessary to secure and maintain employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency.
In northeast Minnesota, the Minnesota Family Resiliency Partnership’s regional network of providers offers services in the following locations.
• Cloquet: 218-878-5004
• Virginia: 218-735-3740
• Hibbing: 218-231-8590
• Duluth: 218-302-8400
• International Falls: 218-283-
• Aitkin: 218-735-6123
• Two ports: 218-878-5004
• Grand Marais: 218-878-5004