The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the largest federally-funded program for older adults who seek civic engagement plus employment and training assistance. In 2010, more than 125,000 SCSEP participants—women and men 55+—were paid to work part-time in local programs and organizations, many of them assisting other older adults.
“Respecting Our Elders: The Case for Preserving and Expanding the Senior Community Service Employment Program” – read this commentary from Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, April 2012.
SCSEP Success Story
At the Employment Security Commission office in Boone, N.C., SCSEP participant Dennis Waters, 59, greets and guides anxious job-seekers. Two years ago, this skilled carpenter’s assistant couldn’t find work and had to move into a homeless shelter. He may have to return there now if SCSEP funding cuts eliminate his assignment.