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Senior Employment Program Funding Renewed

Center for Workforce Inclusion, Inc. awards $222,969 to assist in workforce training

South Dennis. August 30, 2023 – Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. announced today that it was awarded a $222,969 Workforce Inclusion grant from the Center for Workforce Inclusion, Inc. (Center). Almost 90 percent of this grant – originally from the U.S. Department of Labor – will provide temporary employment to no less than 22 low-income older Bay Staters living in Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties. These older adults will participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a cornerstone program of the Older Americans Act and the only federal job training program targeted exclusively to low-income, older jobseekers.

In its 59th year, SCSEP promotes personal dignity and self-sufficiency through work. The training attained through SCSEP provides in-demand skills for older, unemployed, low-income Americans. The Center, a top-tier U.S. Department of Labor National Grantee of SCSEP, works through a network of local partners delivering career training programs for eligible 55-plus-year-old workers across the United States. To date, the Center has served more than 500,000 eligible older workers in permanent employment through the SCSEP program. “Our long-term, local partners are a key to the strength of the Center and provide the systems to train older Americans into strategic advantage for employers across the country.” said Gary A. Officer, Center for Workforce Inclusion President and CEO. “We are very pleased to continue our support of the Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. for the 45th consecutive year.”

“SCSEP helps our community’s eligible 55+  jobseekers learn news skills and refresh old ones when they are coming back into the workforce,” said Maryanne Ryan, Chief Executive Officer.  At their training sites, SCSEP job seekers help local community, faith-based, and public agencies carry out their mission, such as Helping Our Women in Provincetown and Eastham, A Baby Center in Hyannis and the Center for Living in Vineyard Haven.

Mary Holmes, Director at the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living says, “We are so very fortunate to have Litchmore Hall here at the center.  He has added immensely to the program.  He is careful, generous, conscientious and has been engaged in all our work from the very beginning.  Being able to train another person on dementia care and understanding age related disability is so helpful as we expand our reach as an organization on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Linda Vancour, Katie Viera, Mary Holmes, and Litchmore Hall are members of the team who make programming available at the M.V. Center for Living. Photo courtesy of Dena Porter for the MV Times.

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