State Displaced Homemaker Program

Description and Purpose

The State Displaced Homemakers Program is intended to provide employment and training services to individuals who have been dependent upon someone else for support and who through death, disability of a spouse or divorce no longer have such support. Services for Displaced Homemakers include vocational counseling, job training and job search assistance. The purpose of the program is to intervene in an individual's life prior to their depletion of financial reserves. Intervening shortly after displacement prevents welfare dependence and helps attach them as quickly as possible to the labor market.

Economic Development

This program is one of the many programs administered by Workforce Services Division that is designed to provide a qualified labor force for business and industry. The services are designed to prepare an individual for the workplace and to have skills that business and industry need.


State Displaced Homemaker services are provided to Montana residents 18 years of age or older who have been in the home primarily caring for the home and family without compensation and for that reason have diminished marketable skills; and have been dependent on public assistance or on the income of a relative but are no longer supported by that income; or are unemployed or underemployed and are experiencing difficulty in obtaining suitable employment and whose youngest child will soon become ineligible for TANF; or is a criminal offender.

Administration and Evaluation

The program is administered by Division Management Services Bureau in the Department of Labor and Industry.  The bulk of the funding goes in direct grants to six private, non-profit organizations in local communities to serve individuals. Ten percent of the funding is retained by Workforce Services Division for administrative functions, such as fiscal oversight, maintenance of the participant data tracking system, etc. Division monitors physically go to each program operator site annually to review participant files and provide technical assistance.

Performance Standards

There are no mandatory performance standards however the Division Management Services Bureau has instituted performance measures for entered employment and wage at placement. Program operators have consistently met and exceeded expected performance. 


State Displaced Homemaker Service Providers
Service Provider Program Contact Phone Number
Career Futures, Inc.
55 West Granite
Butte, MT 59701

Mary Berg

(406) 723-9101
Career Training Institute
347 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601

Jasyn Harrington

(406) 443-0800
YWCA Employment & Training Center
909 Wyoming Avenue
Billings, MT 59101

Erin Lambert

(406) 252-6303
CAP of Northwest Montana
214 Main Street
Kalispell, MT 59904

Karen Nosek

(406) 758-5443

Lewistown District VI HRDC
300 1st Avenue N, Suite 203
Lewistown, MT 59457

Cassie Bergstrom

(406) 535-7488
Career and Placement Center
Miles Community College
2715 Dickinson
Miles City, MT 59301

Guy Lund

(406) 874-6215