What is the purpose of the Senior Community Service Employment Program?
The Senior Community Service Employment Program, known as the SCSEP, has a dual purpose: to provide useful part-time community service assignments for persons with low incomes who are 55 years old or older, while promoting transition to unsubsidized employment.
What are the eligibility criteria?
Eligibility criteria are based on age, income and place of residence. The applicant must be 55 years of age or older. The family income must be at 125% of poverty or below. A disabled person may be treated as a “family of one” for income eligibility purposes. The older person, upon initial enrollment, must reside in the state of Georgia.
What are the enrollment priorities?
Enrollment priorities are as follows: eligible individuals with the greatest economic need; eligible individuals who are 60 years old or older, and eligible individuals who seek re-enrollment following termination from an unsubsidized job through no fault of their own. Within all enrollment priorities, persons with poor employment prospects are given preference.
What are the benefits of enrollment?
Trainees are paid hourly for up to 15 hours of community service per week. They are also paid at the same rate while in classroom training. They may be paid for up to 260 hours of training per program year. No trainee may be paid for more than 1300 hours annually.
Trainees also develop marketable skills through performing community service assignments at training sites such as schools, libraries, health centers, senior centers, home delivered meals programs, homemaker services, day care centers, Departments of Family and Children’s Services, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Action Agencies, and recreation centers. They serve in positions such as clerical aides, secretaries, receptionists, data entry assistants, maintenance aides, food service staff, cooks, drivers, library aides, and school paraprofessionals.
Other benefits include the opportunity to co-enroll in the Workforce Investment Act or Adult Training Programs to develop or increase occupational skills; annual physical examinations; development of job-seeking skills; counseling and referral on personal and job-related problems; consumer information such as Social Security and Medicare; a renewed sense of self-esteem through involvement in community service activities; and assistance in obtaining unsubsidized employment.
How is the community service assignment or classroom training 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.
What kind of plan is made with trainee?
The assessment is used as a basis for developing an individual employment plan in partnership with trainee. The IEP reflects the needs, interests and desires of the trainee, and establishes a time frame for the achievement of stated training and employment objectives. It includes the desired community service assignment, classroom training, and the obtainment of needed community services. It will always state a job goal and a plan for transitioning into unsubsidized employment.
What Georgia Counties are included?
Our service area includes 110 Georgia counties.
Area Agency on Aging
PO Box 1480, Oakwood, GA 30566
If you or someone in your family believe SCSEP is the program for them then contact us at the numbers above.