Senior Community Service Employment Program
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) gives lower-income, mature adults (55 or older) opportunities to join or re-enter the workforce. This year, we will provide job-skills training for 125 individuals who will gain valuable workplace tools and benefit local non-profits and public agencies while they develop their work skills:
SCSEP is a community service job-training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides paid training for job seekers who have low incomes, are unemployed and need training to return to the workforce.
SCSEP participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers.
The program provides more than 40 million community service hours to public and nonprofit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services.
Participants train an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to employment opportunities for participants.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program through Chattanooga Goodwill requirements:
- Be a resident of Hamilton, Bradley, McMinn, Rhea, Meigs or Polk counties in Tennessee
- Be 55 years of age or older
- Be low income individuals according to federal poverty guidelines
- Priority is given to veterans
Goodwill assesses a qualified individual’s skills and abilities and places him in a short-term position with a nonprofit organization or public agency in the community. Participants acquire valuable experience and skills while having the opportunity to work in a professional environment. Following the short-term phase of employment, Goodwill helps the participant find a permanent job, often at the agency where he trained or with another employer in the community.
Goodwill’s SCSEP has helped more than 8,500 older workers in communities across America since 2006. SCSEP benefits:
They earn much-needed income. More than 25 million Americans ages 60 and older are economically insecure — living at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($29,425 per year for a single person).
Older adults struggle with rising housing and health care bills, inadequate nutrition, lack of access to transportation, diminished savings, job loss and social isolation.
Older Americans will play an increasingly important role in our economy and America’s leadership in the world marketplace. By 2019, more than 40 percent of Americans over the age of 55 will be employed, making up a quarter of the total U.S. labor force.
Contact Goodwill Senior Community Service Employment Program Director Kimberly Crider, MSW, LAPSW 423) 629-2501 x3130 email@example.com
Hamilton County Host Agencies: Alexian Brothers Senior Ministries Chattanooga Community Kitchen Chattanooga Goodwill Soddy-Daisy Senior Center Good Neighbors Inc. Habitat for Humanity ReStore Little Miss Mag Learning Center Partnership for Families, Children & Adults The Salvation Army SE TN Development District TN Dept of Safety & Homeland Security United Way Urban League WTCI-45 Bradley County Host Agencies: The Caring Place Cleveland Bradley Public Library Chattanooga Goodwill Habitat for Humanity New Life Bible Church Community Kitchen Salvation Army TN Dept. of Safety McMinn County Host Agencies: Chattanooga Goodwill Industries City of Etowah Museum Society Englewood Textile Museum Etowah Area Senior Center Swift Museum Foundation Inc. SE TN Development District TN Dept of Safety & Homeland Security Meigs County Host Agencies: Meigs Senior Center Meigs County Ministries Polk County Host Agencies: City of Benton People Helping People Rhea County Host Agencies: Chattanooga Goodwill Rhea County Executive Office Senior Lighthouse Center