Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Older Worker Week Observation

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L to R: Louise Shavers (NCBA Job developer), Louise Tucker (Women, Infants and Children {WIC} receptionist trainee), Catherine Triplett (ECCC,
receptionist trainee), Willie Norris Shields (Dean Park, landscape assistant trainee), Elmetra Patterson (Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Host Agency supervisor)
(photo courtesy of Dorothy Reeves of NCBA)

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) held its annual Older American Worker Week Observation at their office, 100 Railroad Street, Water Valley, MS. All NCBA 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, the Mississippi Program Coordinator, conducted a business meeting which encouraged participants to seek employment and report twice monthly their job search. The goal is for participants to find employment as soon as training is completed to provide space for other seniors to have the opportunity to participate.

MS Stephanie Gobert of Legal Services and Elder Law did a presentation which focused on the three major documents that seniors need: Will, Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Directive (Living Will). She provided the contact information for those who needs assistance with these documents or any other legal problems. Mrs. Beulah Greer, CEO of Community Student Learning Center, presented information on affordable housing for the elderly. This program is funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. Pertinent information was given on USDA loans and grants to renovate or repair homes for seniors and disabled. The contact # for her is 662.834-0905. They also provide Fair Housing counseling and Home Buyers Education.

The Census Bureau 2020 representatives provided information about the upcoming Census Day which is April 1, 2020. The importance of Census was enumerated and all participants were encouraged to be counted. To apply for employment with the Census one should go to www.Census.gov. Games, fun and food followed and they were enjoyed by all.

NCBA has a contract with the federal program, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The requirements for participation:
  1. Must be unemployed;
  2. must be 55 years of age or older with priority given to application who are 65 years or older;
  3. must be capable of performing part-time training duties;
  4. must reside in the state where they will be assigned; and
  5. 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 Coordinator’s Office, (662) 846-6992.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

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Chester Johnson, Mississippi NCBA Program Coordinator
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)