Older Worker Services

The largest program offered by AARP Foundation is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This program, funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act as well as state and local grants, enables us to help thousands of low-income individuals, age 55 and older, throughout the United States.

Through this program, seniors benefit from training, counseling, and community service assignments at faith-based and community organizations in their communities, prior to transitioning into the workforce.

Participants are placed at eligible host agencies (primarily at faith-based and community organizations) for which they are paid the minimum wage for an average of 20 hours per week. A host agency is either a private nonprofit organization (other than a political party) that is tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954, or a public agency operated by a unit of government.

Thirty-eight percent of AARP Foundation's SCSEP participants found permanent jobs, notably as teachers' aides, emergency dispatchers, care providers, and clerical assistants.

Job Training Objectives

• Gain job-related training designed to assist participants in performing their community service assignments and in finding employment

• Develop new skills and upgrade existing skills

• Understand safe work practices and healthful work environments

• Learn effective job search skills and develop good work habits

Program Qualifications

• Be 55 years of age or older, and a resident of the state where enrolled in the SCSEP program

• Annual family income must not be more than 125% of the established federal poverty income guidelines

• Be eligible to work in the United States

• Be currently unemployed

If you are interested in and believe you are qualified for this program, call (361) 578-0341 and ask for the AARP Foundation representative.