Stories from the Field

Hill Briefing Examines SCSEP’s Role in Workforce System

January 29, 2018 | Employment & Training Reporter

Earnings for Senior Community Service Employment Program participants who move into unsubsidized jobs exceed program costs, and despite its smaller size, the program serves more low-income older workers than mainstream federal workforce development programs.

At first glance, news that the nation’s unemployment rate is now 4.1% — a downward trend now spanning 80 quarters – would appear to merit celebration. One would assume that an economy moving towards full employment would lift the nation’s mood, even amidst the ongoing political drama in Washington, DC.

As the number of younger workers in America is set to decrease within a few years, employers are looking to older workers to fill talent gaps in their workforce. Increasingly, they can. Workers 55 and over are projected to make up 25 percent of the civilian labor force by the year 2020, up nearly double from 13 percent in 2000.

Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) is delighted to announce that on Monday, August 21, 2017, U.S.
Senator Ben Cardin will take part in two discussions with SSAI Senior Community Service Employment
Program (SCSEP) participants and other local seniors and residents of Baltimore City and Baltimore

Monday, August 21, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will take part in two discussions in Baltimore-area communities to exchange ideas on the array of ways that the federal government can better serve Maryland communities.

By the time she makes her house payment and pays her utility bills each month, most of the Social Security check Pamela Gilkey receives is gone.

When you can’t budge it

July 18, 2017 | The Beacon

The Trump administration issued a preliminary “skinny” budget proposal a few months ago, followed more recently by its official 2018 budget request to Congress.

Senior Service America, Inc., (SSAI) a national nonprofit organization and one of America’s oldest and largest operators of employment programs for America’s seniors, has announced the selection of Gary A. Officer as its new executive director.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of 23 senators, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), in calling for robust funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) – the only federal community service and work-based job training program for low-income or unemployed older Americans. President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposes to completely eliminate the program.

May Is ‘Older Americans Month’

June 5, 2017 | The Post-Journal

May is “Older Americans Month.” This year’s theme is Age Out Loud because we are celebrating the many attributes and contributions to the community from our wonderfully mature. We set aside this month to recognize the value exemplified from this very vibrant population.