SCSEP program seeking low income seniors

    Are you a senior that is 55 or older, living on a low income, and interested in finding employment? If you meet this criteria and live in Blackford, Jay, Delaware, Grant or Madison county please contact Carly Nichols at (260)726-9318 to learn about the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP).

    It’s a way to earn while you learn in your efforts to find employment.”

    SCSEP is the only federal government program mandated to assist unemployed older adults seeking to rejoin the workforce by working in the community.

    Community & Family Services, Inc. announced last year that it had been awarded a grant of $361,418 from Senior Service America, Inc. It was expected that 90 percent of the grant – originally from the U.S. Department of Labor – would provide temporary employment to at least 57 low-income older adults living in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Jay and Madison counties.

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    Since 1965, CFS, a private not-for-profit corporation, has provided assistance and advocacy for low-income residents. The agency’s core counties as a Community Action Agency are Adams, Blackford, Huntington, Jay, Randolph and Wells counties. The agency also provides services in Grant and Wabash counties. With the SCSEP grant, service counties now extend to Delaware and Madison counties as well. The purpose of CFS assistance is to help individuals experiencing economic distress to become independent and self-sufficient.