The Senior Community Employment Service Program (SCSEP) is designed to help seniors find work, develop new skills, and build their financial security by taking advantage of the on-the-job training program. Through SCSEP, Goodwill matches eligible individuals age 55 and older with nonprofits or public agencies to obtain work experience in a professional work environment. SCSEP is a national employment and training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and awarded to Marion Goodwill through a grant.
Prior to enrolling in the SCSEP program, Melissa was working a part-time job in the food service industry. She was living with her mother who had suffered several strokes in a short period of time. Melissa left her job to care for her mother at home. Her mother eventually had to go to a nursing home and then passed away. Melissa had no income to support herself and nowhere to live.
Our SCSEP manager worked one-on-one with Melissa. They did an evaluation to determine her skill set and career interests. Melissa’s on-the-job training is in the contract services department at Goodwill, putting together parts and literature packets. This training allows her to sit, due to her disability, and work with her hands. It’s work she can do well.
Through the Goodwill Housing Program, we were able to place Melissa in an apartment. The apartment is handicap accessible. Tenants’ income in this three-unit building are screened to meet eligibility of below 50% medium income.
The SCSEP program has helped Melissa build work experience, confidence and maintain economic security and well-being. Melissa is Goodwill Strong.