Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans operated under a U.S. Department of Labor grant. We thank the Center for Workforce Inclusion, Inc. for selecting our organization to operate SCSEP in our community.

The Chattanooga Goodwill Industries SCSEP program is funded through the Center for Workforce Inclusion as part of a multi-state $46.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This funding provides 90% of the support for SCSEP with the Center for Workforce Inclusion and its subgrantees providing approximately $5 million in nonfederal match.The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.’

 We provide paid job-skills training so unemployed individuals gain valuable workplace tools and benefit local non-profits and public agencies. 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. 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.

Are you interested?

Call Carolyn Jenkins at (423) 629-2501 ext. 3080 for more information.

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.

Are you over 55, looking for a job? Goodwill Industries has a program that can help you gain the confidence and training for a new career.