SCSEP (Senior Community Service Employment Program)
For older adults who still want to be involved in the workplace, it can be tough to find jobs. Catholic Charities’ SCSEP program offers the chance to find meaningful work again—and to keep learning and growing.
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and operated in cooperation with Senior Service America Inc., SCSEP subsidizes employment for low-income seniors (age 55 and over) through jobs—up to 20 hours a week at minimum wage—with nonprofit organizations and governmental entities. Participants are able to gain valuable work experience and have the opportunity to learn new skills. The goal of the program is for the men and women who participate to gain permanent, unsubsidized employment that helps them maintain their independence.
In fact, the acronym for the program stands for Senior Community Service Employment Program – terms that aptly describe the seniors who get involved in the program.
SCSEP is currently offered in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Wabash, and Whitley counties.
This program incorporates working with a variety of local nonprofit and governmental agencies that serve as host agencies. Those agencies provide a steppingstone for program participants as they return to the workforce. Host agencies provide and support training in areas of employment such as housing, retail, food pantries, elder care, computers, administration, and community outreach programs.
Catholic Charities sponsors RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), a project of the Corporation for National and Community Service. RSVP mobilizes people 55 and older to help meet a wide variety of community needs and places volunteers based on their talents, interests, and schedules.
Volunteers are placed with local social service agencies, schools, libraries, hospitals, parks, and other nonprofit entities, and are covered by insurance while performing their volunteer duties. Participants are celebrated for their volunteer efforts during annual recognition events.
RSVP is offered in DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Steuben counties. To learn more about RSVP and what you can do to help others, contact the chapter in your area.