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DISPLACED HOMEMAKER PROGRAM

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518.374.9181

Our DHP classes are focused on the skills you need to meet the challenges of today's workforce. Classes are comprehensive, individualized and intensive, and provide workshops/training in the following areas:

  • Computer training (Keyboarding, Introduction to Computers, and more advanced classes for interested participants)
  • Resume writing and cover letter preparation
  • Assertiveness, self-esteem and stress management
  • Budgeting
  • Job search strategies and interviewing techniques
  • Self/skills assessments and goal setting
  • Individual employment counseling and on-going support
  • Follow-up services for customer and employer

Our Employment Specialist matches participant’s skills with employer needs in all of the counties we serve.  Staff also provides support services and advocacy to individuals and families who may be facing a personal crisis.  This service is confidential and available as needed.  Additionally, Career Readiness provides services, such as resume updates, to class participants for up to a year after program completion.

 
NEARLY 50 YEARS OLD AND GOING STRONG
DHP is the longest-running employment program offered by SCAP; we began offering DHP in 1978. Senator Hugh Farley, also known as the Father of DHP, played an instrumental role in building support for these services.

What makes SCAP's program unique is that we firmly believe in the people who come to us, that they are ready and fully capable of learning new and more successful ways of earning a living.   For example, we guide participants in how to write their resumes through a series of steps involving self exploration and techniques where individuals build a professional grade resume by themselves.  Research shows that people who have a professional grade resume and, know how to use it, are that much more likely to be hired for the job of their choice and for more than minimum wage.
 
OUR STAFF
We have over 40 years combined experience in the Employment field with specializations and advanced degrees in Special Education, Teaching and Mental Health Counseling.  This allows us another unique position in the community where we know the nature of the business, trends in the employment sector, political trends influencing the community and how to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others and our partners to provide the best service for the least amount of money. 

Flexibility, creativity and innovation are key to the success of the program.  SCAP partners with numerous agencies in 3 counties.  These relationships coupled with our extensive experience has led SCAP to be the experts in Schenectady, Fulton and Montgomery Counties for providing quality comprehensive employment services with follow up and job retention services.

TESTIMONIALS
In addition to leaving our program with a realistic view of the workforce and of their own skills, participants gain the confidence and enthusiasm needed to reach their employment goals and make a new and improved life for themselves, their families and their community.

I cannot thank you enough!  I actually look forward to getting up in the morning.This program has helped me in every way!”
- Recent Participant

I think the program is awesome and I think more people should take a chance onit. I love how helpful everyone at SCAP is! "
- Recent Participant

“I feel better about myself in many ways.  I learned to make my goals incremental and meet them without being afraid to make mistakes.”
- Recent Participant

"Thank you SCAP! I feel that I now have useful tools at my disposal to help me feel more confident, prepared and in control."
- Recent Participant


For more information contact SCAP:

913 Albany Street, Schenectady, NY - (518) 374-9181

In Fulton and Montgomery Counties contact SCAP's Project LIFT at FMCC - (518) 736-3622 Ext. 8974, 8971



Go to SCAP's Long Story Short campaign to read inspiring stories about real people SCAP has helped.


PUBLICATIONS
Download SCAP Employment Services publications


HISTORY OF DHP
SCAP began offering Career Readiness lasses in 1978 as the Displaced Homemaker Program.  In 1995, in response to the changing needs of the community, our services were expanded to eligible men and women of all ages.