What is the Senior Community Service Employment Program
Backed by the U.S. Department of Labor, this program exists to help older low-income unemployed Americans to find jobs. It is run by nonprofit organizations, allowing elders to attend part-time training. Even though it was established in 1965, it is still relevant today.
As for every program given by the government, it comes with its benefits as well as the requirements needed to get in. One commonly known requirement is that you will have to be the age of 55 or older. The average amount of time worked a week is around 20 hours and are paid at least if not more than the legal minimum wage. According to the National Council on Aging, your income will be determined by the highest amount between the federal, state, or your area’s minimum wage.
Minimum wage may not seem like much, but it has become increasingly difficult for seniors to remain active in their careers. As time moves forward, situations of seniors in the workforce being replaced by fresh and younger employees are becoming prevalent around the world.
Technology updates quickly, so people are easily expendable if they aren’t able to keep up in today’s society. This is why this program exists, to help the ones who are replaced due to the pace of society’s standards.
What Comes With the Program
You will be given the skills necessary for your future job through training. Here are some of the skills included:
Computer Technician – Many people from the older generation struggle to use a basic computer since it wasn’t used as the main source for learning in school during their time. Being able to use a simple laptop, or technology for that matter has become mandatory in modern businesses.
Customer Service Representative – There’s no better skill than to be able to communicate with other people. If you are able to sell while keeping your integrity, this is where the magic happens. Social skills are becoming more absent in the new generation due to the convenience of technology.
Child Care Provider – You will be expected to take full responsibility for the young children you look after. This opportunity will open your mind to look at different perspectives as they have grown into a completely different world that you have. Once you can see and experience it yourself, you will be able to come up with modern solutions for modern times.
Most of the participants that are qualified end up having permanent jobs after the training is finished. Of course, you will receive income as you are learning your skills.
In order to enroll in this program, you must meet a few requirements:
- You must be the age of 55 or older
- You must be unemployed, proving that you need assistance in finding a source of income.
- The annual income for your household must be 125% of the Federal poverty level or less.
If you are still unsure if you are eligible, click here and it will take you to a website that has all the statements shown above. Under the “Program Requirements”, there should be an orange button that says “Check if you may be eligible for this benefit”.
A new page will pop up asking you questions about your birthday, household income, and the number of people living with you. If you aren’t qualified, it will recommend you to use the benefit finder, pushing more questions on you. If you prefer a more accurate, quicker response, contact your local office. Directions on how to find the contact information will be in the next paragraph.
Applying for the Program
To find an available senior community service employment program near you, you have to visit this website. It should say older worker program finder and on the bottom should have a box that says “search by location”. Input the location and hit the search button on the right.
The page should refresh but should now contain new information on the bottom with the name of the office, its location, and the contact details. Give them a call and the receptionist will be able to give you all the information that you need in order to join the program, given that you provide them with your situation.