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New Choices: Strategies for Success
A Program for Displaced Homemakers

  • Are you a homemaker who is now looking for work outside the home?
  • Do you need to improve your skills or further your education to get the job you want?
  • Is your current means of support near its end?

If you answered “YES” to these questions, you may be able to get help through the New Choices program!

Who is a Displaced Homemaker?

NC General Statute 143B-394.4 defines a displaced homemaker as an individual who meets all three of the following criteria:

  1. Has worked in the home providing unpaid household services for at least 5 years;
  2. Is unable to secure gainful employment due to lack of training/experience, is unemployed or under-employed; and
  3. Has been dependent on the income of another household member but is no longer adequately supported by that income, is receiving support from a spouse but is within 2 years of losing such support, has been supported by public assistance as the parent of minor children but is no longer eligible, or is within 2 years of losing such eligibility.

Services Provided

  • Career Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Financial Aid for School
  • Goal Setting
  • Information and Referral
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Job Preparation (job search, resume writing, applications, interviewing, etc.)

New Choices: Strategies for Success is operated by Catawba Valley Community College and is funded through a grant from the North Carolina Council for Women and Domestic Violence Commission.

Helping displaced homemakers in the Catawba Valley Area become self-confident and economically self-sufficient!

For more information contact:
Renee Neal, New Choices Program Coordinator
Catawba Valley Community College
2550 Hwy. 70, SE
Hickory, NC  28602
Phone:(828) 327-7000 ext. 4408
Fax:(828) 624-5208

2550 US HIGHWAY 70 SE • HICKORY, NC • 28602-8302 • 828.327.7000
Updated 05.07.2014: Content Editor