The Senior Community Service Employment Program began as part of the War on Poverty 40 years ago and was so successful that it became a national program under the Older Americans Act in 1973. It is referred to by its acronym - SCSEP and operates in nearly every county in the nation. To participate in SCSEP, a person must be:
Age 55 or older;
Legally eligible to work in the United States; and,
Living in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level.
Age 65 years or older;
Have a disability;
Have limited English proficiency or low literacy skills;
Reside in a rural area;
Have low employment prospects; and,
Homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
SCSEP particpants are provided a minimum wage while learning new skills and improving their opportunity to become gainflly employed. Employment training takes place in a non-profit and government agencies, such as libraries, senior centers, schools, and parks. The program provides a win-win situation for participants and their communities. Participants help community organizations expand their service capacity while developing their job skills, self-confidence and a restored sense of self-worth.
SCSEP benefits to community service and government agencies:
Increased capacity to provide additional services.
Agencies may try out a potential employee.
Possible increase in productivity.
SCSEP benefits to employers:
Reduced training costs.
Money to try out a potential employee for one full month at no cost.
Pool of experienced, dependable and qualified candidates
For more information about SCSEP, contact the U.S. Department of Labor at: www.doleta.gov/seniors