Monday, June 3, 2019

Senior Community Service Employment Program

Older Americans’ Month
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
By Elmetra Patterson
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L to R: Willie Norris Shields (Dean Park, landscape assistant trainee), Elmetra Patterson (Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Host Agency supervisor), Catherine Triplett (Winston County Economic Development, receptionist trainee), Louise Tucker (Women, Infants and Children {WIC} receptionist trainee), Louise Shavers (NCBA Job developer), Diane Coleman (NCBA Job Counselor)


On Thursday, May 16, 2019, The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) held its annual Older American Month Celebration at their office, 100 Railroad Street, Water Valley, MS. All staff, program participants and host agencies were invited to attend. The theme for this year: Connect, Create and Contribute. CONNECT with friends, family, and services that support participation. CREATE through activities that promote health and personal enrichment. CONTRIBUTE time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

In attendance were over 100 people from various counties. The Winston County participants are listed in the photo above. Mr. Chester Johnson, program manager, conducted a business meeting which encouraged participants to seek employment and report twice monthly their job search. The goal is to find employment as soon as training is complete to provide space for other seniors to have the opportunity to participate. Mrs. Clara Reed, Founder and President of Mid-Delta Health Systems did a presentation about the agency. They operate in 31 counties and have been in business for 42 years. Pertinent information was given on skilled health care and in home services for seniors and disabled. Mrs. Evyone Smith gave a motivational speech which encouraged program participates to do a good job and give back to the community once they have completed their training. Games, fun and food was enjoyed by all.

NCBA has a contract with the federal program, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The requirements for participation:
Must be unemployed;

must be 55 years of age or older with priority given to application who are 65 years or older; must be capable of performing part-time training duties; must reside in the state where they will be assigned; and must have an annual family income which does not exceed 125% of the federal poverty income guidelines.

Participants train an average of twenty (20) hours per week and are paid no less than the federal or state minimum wage. For more information, please contact the Program Manager’s Office, (662) 846-6992.