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

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




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