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Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency announces program name change

Jan 14, 2021 10:08AM ● By Editor
From Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency - January 14, 2020

Effective August 1, 2020, the Minnesota Displaced Homemaker Program has changed its name to the Minnesota Family Resiliency Partnership. While the name has changed, the need for support in the community has not. Across 2018 and 2019, 63% of those who came to the program were victims of domestic violence, 85% were not receiving court-ordered child support, and 27% entered the program homeless. Over 5400 individuals, including their families and children, were provided services designed to assist in the pursuit of meaningful careers amidst significant life change. Ninety-seven percent of those participants completed the program successfully. 

For over forty years, the program has been providing specialized pre-employment support and family stabilization services across MN through a network of six regional providers.  Participants are caregivers, previously dependent on the financial support of others, who have lost that income due to death, disability, divorce, abandonment, or loss of public assistance. 

These services have become even more significant as a global pandemic impacts the number jobs available and causes increased competition at a time when parents must also juggle caring for children and assisting with secondary education in the home. It is most often women who will sacrifice employment to care for the family, and the longer you are out of the workforce, the harder it is to return. The partnership remains more committed than ever to their mission during this time and will continue to support former caregivers through crisis and periods of instability while empowering all who are served to become agents of change in their own lives.   

Administered through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, this career pathways program equips individuals with the employment readiness skills and other services needed to stabilize their families and their homes, while also preparing them for work. Participants receive individualized support focused on career exploration, education, and training, along with gaining the skills needed to secure and maintain employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency.

The Minnesota Family Resiliency Partnership regional provider network includes:

1.        AEOA – Services available at the following locations.

·        Cloquet CareerForce :      (218) 878-5004                                               

·        Virginia CareerForce:      (218) 735-3740

·        Hibbing CareerForce:      (218) 231-8590

·        Duluth CareerForce:       (218) 302-8400

·        I’Falls CareerForce:         (218)283-9427

·        Aitkin CareerForce:         (218)735-6123

·        Two Harbors                    (218) 878-5004

·        Grand Marais                  (218) 878-5004

2.       META 5, Brainerd, MN

3.       Tri-County Action Program, Inc. – Rebuilding Lives, Waite Park, MN

4.       Avivo, Minneapolis, MN

5.       Life-Work Planning Center, Mankato, MN

6.       CHOICES of Southeast Minnesota, Rochester, MN.

Beth Peterson, CCAP
Director of Planning
702 3rd Avenue South
Virginia, MN 55792
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
218-735-6834 (desk)  
218-750-4885 (cell)