Senior Community Service Employment Program
The Senior Community Service Employment Program, or SCSEP, provides useful part-time community service assignments for older people with low incomes and promotes the transition to unsubsidized employment.
“Before becoming a participant on the SCSEP program, I was just sitting at home alone during the day. I had the energy to keep working, but I felt that no one would hire me at my age. Through my training, I feel like I have a purpose again and I get to help others which is very fulfilling. I am able to take weekly computer classes to improve my computer skills and am learning a lot.” -Ruth L.
SCSEP is open to adults age 55 and up whose total family income is at or below 125% of the federal poverty level, and who reside in one of the following counties: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, or Walton.
“With the help of this program, I am learning how to read and am studying to get my GED.” – SCSEP Participant
Trainees receive community service assignments at nonprofit agencies where they provide an average of 20 hours of service each week and earn $7.25 per hour. Trainees develop marketable skills while providing up to 1300 hours of annual service to their training site.
Other benefits include:
- The opportunity to co-enroll in the Workforce Investment Act or Adult Training Programs to develop or increase occupational skills
- Educational opportunities, including GED assistance
- Annual physical examinations
- Development of job-seeking skills
- Counseling and referral on personal and job-related problems
- Assistance in obtaining unsubsidized employment
“I started in the program in June, 2016 and it has improved my quality of life in so many different ways. I have a reason to get up every morning, for my training. I like meeting people and helping them in any way I can. My training helps me to have a better quality of life with the extra income.” -Margaret P.
How is the community service assignment program determined?
Upon enrollment, each individual is assessed to determine the most suitable community service assignment and to identify appropriate employment, training and support service objectives. The assessment is made in partnership with the trainee, and considers that person’s preference of occupational category, work history, skills, interests, talents, physical capabilities and potential for transition to unsubsidized employment.
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If you would like more information about the SCSEP Program please contact our Family Services Navigator at (706) 549-4850.