We wanted to share this February 18 story from the Pikesville, KY Medical Leader. It's a great example of the impact SCSEP can have in the lives of participants and communities!
(Full story after the jump)
Senior Employment Helps Residents, Businesses
PIKEVILLE — Do you want to learn new skills, help your community and earn income? If so, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is looking for you.
SCSEP is a federal program that prepares older, low-income adults to re-enter the workforce by placing them in paid, part-time positions in the community. Sherry Burchell of the Kentucky River Area Agency on Aging (KRAAA), housed in the Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) in Hazard, administers SCSEP in Pike and Floyd counties.
With students, book groups, story hours for children and folks learning computer programs and job-hunting online, the Pike County library branches in Pikeville, Elkhorn, Phelps, Virgie and Belfry have never been busier.
SCSEP participants are “an essential part of library services,” according to Delania Adkins, head librarian for the Pike County Library District. “It’s a wonderful investment of our federal dollars. While we haven’t had staff cutbacks, we don’t have as many employees as we probably need—SCSEP participants allow us to do things we otherwise couldn’t.”
And compared to younger workers referred by other social service programs, SCSEP participants are “by far the most dependable,” says Adkins. “They come to work on time, they’re eager to learn,” she said. “I don’t know words to say what a great asset they are to the library.”
And while SCSEP participants serve their communities, their lives are enriched, both work-wise and emotionally. For more information about SCSEP, contact Burchell at 606-436-3158 or visit chfs.ky.gov/dail/scsep.htm.
A contract change eliminated her job two years ago and she became unemployed for the first time since she was 15 years old. She visited with grandchildren, she took floral decoration classes, but then Mary, a self-described “people person” who was a licensed practical nurse for 25 years, realized that wasn’t enough.
“One day I said to myself, Mary, let’s go find some people.” She called Burchell. Starting at the Pikeville-Pike County Library by checking books in and out, Mary is using computers on the job for the first time.
“Once I get the computers here under my belt, I might take classes elsewhere to improve my skills so I have more options after my SCSEP assignment ends,” she said.
Working at the library is very worthwhile for her. “I love the people,” she said. “And as an LPN, I know that feeling productive, and having something to look forward to, is good for your health. I have told so many people that they should get into SCSEP and do something.”
“I’m in and out of the library five days a week, surrounded by people who know and appreciate me,” Eloise said. “And it was SCSEP that allowed this to happen. Until I came into the library regularly, I didn’t understand how it lifts you up.”
A longtime homemaker, Eloise was grieving for her recently deceased coal miner husband when a friend in SCSEP suggested that she join her at the Elkhorn branch. “I sure did appreciate it, because I was down in the dumps bad and had to get out of the house,” she said.
Since finishing her SCSEP assignment, Eloise has continued to hunt for work to supplement her Social Security income and quilting class pay. Her spirits remain good, thanks to the library. “I feel like I’m serving the community, and it was SCSEP that allowed this to happen,” she says. “It helped me out 100 percent—financially, mentally, in every way. I tell everybody SCSEP is wonderful and more people ought to know about it.”
At the library, Ann learned computers for the first time. She increased that knowledge with an eight-week computer course in Auxier. As her SCSEP assignment was ending, a friend at the library told her about part-time child watch program at the Pikeville YMCA. She took that job and recently, needing more income, took a second one doing drug screenings — work that requires computers.
“When I went in, the first thing they asked was did I use computers,” she said. “My SCSEP assignment introduced me to computers which definitely helped me.”
Materials from the SCSEP Business Meeting have been posted in the Resources section! PowerPoints and handouts from the plenary sessions, workshops, and state directors' meetings are now available for download. A transcript from the Friday morning listening session on Title V reauthorization will be posted at a later date.
To access these materials, click on the "Resources" tab, then on the folder entitled "SCSEP Business Meeting Materials".
The updated Data Validation handbook has been posted in the "Resources" section of the Community of Practice.
The revised Handbook provides mostly minor changes to some of the source documentation requirements. It also contains the Summary and Analytical Report, which has been re-introduced to the DV process. This version of the Summary and Analytical Report contains a new Running Error Rate (in addition to the Overall Error Rate and Reported Error Rate). The Running Error Rate is a measure that reflects how well each data element has done relative to how many times it has been validated.
If you have any policy related questions, please contact your FPO and cc Bennett Pudlin (email@example.com). For technical questions regarding the functionality in SPARQ, please contact BCT Partners at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 404-0688.
Did you know that in the past two years, the SCSEP National Office has produced over 30 training webinars and podcasts? We've covered dozens of topics in areas such as participant services, recruitment, and laws & regulations. These training modules are a great resource for training your grantee and local project staff.
To help you quickly locate the training you need, we've compiled an index of all of our virtual training modules. Click here or view the "SCSEP Virtual Training Modules" document under Resources. We'll continue to update this index as we add additional modules.
Urban Institute Forum on Unemployment in Young and Older Workers
Posted on January 20, 2011 by Emma Wallace0 Comments Add Comments
On January 25, The Urban Institute is holding a forum on the unemployment problems of young and older workers that might be of interest to you. Participants can view the forum in person (in Washington, DC) or online. For details, visit www.urban.org/events/Young-and-Older-Workers.cfm.
In addition, The Urban Institute recently published a paper on unemployment among older workers that is of particular importance to SCSEP grantees: Can Unemployed Older Workers Find Work?, by Richard W. Johnson and Janice Park.
Comment on a post
We need your comments to help our community flourish. Provide your Professional thoughts and opinions by replying to a post that interests you.
Become a Guest Blogger
Are you a expert in the topics being discussed on this site? Connect with our site moderators to request guest blogger privileges.
Be sure to check our Comment Policy before participating!