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

SCSEP is authorized by the Older Americans Act. 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.

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.
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Contact Goodwill
Senior Community Service Employment Program Director
Kimberly Crider, MSW, LAPSW
(423) 629-2501 x3130