Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Are You an Unemployed Senior Citizen Who Needs Work

WARREN, MI - MAY 29:  A General Motors worker ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife     Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could retire with a hefty savings put back for the golden years.  That was once part of the American dream, but due to the economic upheaval, for most, that is a dream of the past.  People live longer than they use to, and are healthier, and more active these days.  So if you are in the lower income bracket, and you are 55 or over, where do you turn to re-enter the work force.
     There is a program out there to reintegrate you back into the work force.  This program in known as the SCSEP.  SCSEP stands for the Senior Community Service Employment Program.  It is a program offered by Experience Works and is funded by Title V of the Older Americans Act, and by state and local grants.  It is available to senior citizens that are 55 or older, unemployed, and their total family income is not more than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines.
     What exactly does this program offer individuals?  Seniors are provided training, counseling, and job assignments in faith-based and community organization prior to returning to the workforce.  Those involved in this program may be placed at eligible agencies where they can receive around 20 hours per week at minimum wage, while learning new skill and improving existing skills.  Their are many benefits that can be obtained through this program.  So if you are a senior citizen and would like to get back into the job market, this is one program that deserves a second look.
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