Centralina Awarded Senior Service America Grant

The Centralina Council of Governments was awarded a grant of $404,754 from Senior Service America, Inc. Almost 90 percent of this grant –originally from the U.S. Department of Labor – will provide temporary employment to at least 77 low-income older adults living in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties. These older adults will participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) a major program of the Older Americans Act. SCSEP is the only federal government program mandated to assist unemployed older adults seeking to rejoin the workforce by working in their community.

“We are very pleased to continue our support of the Centralina Council of Governments for the 3rd consecutive year,” said Tony Sarmiento, Senior Service America Executive Director. The Centralina Council of Governments has received this annual SCSEP grant since 2014.  Senior Service America is the second largest sponsor of SCSEP after a national grant competition held this year. 

“This program delivers a triple win for older adults and the whole community,” said Jim Prosser, Centralina COG Executive Director. First, SCSEP participants are helping more than 20 local community, faith-based, and public agencies carry out their mission, including Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Senior Centers, Charlotte/Mecklenburg NC Works Career Centers, Crisis Assistance Ministry and Salvation Army. Second, older workers are receiving on-the-job training to enhance their skills. And third, older workers are keeping healthy by remaining connected and not isolated in their community. 

Bill Marsh, Career Development Veteran Services Specialist with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont agrees that both the participant and the agency benefit greatly from the program “Every day I work with the SCSEP participants and I can see what this program does on a regular basis. I just want to say thank you.  You’re giving my clients some hope and we are so grateful for this.”  

Many low-income older adults want and need paid work, says Donna Satterthwaite, Senior Service America Director of Employment Services. “By serving their community, older workers receive renewed skills as well as renewed hope, knowing that they are not forgotten. Older North Carolinians are fortunate to be given the opportunity through SCSEP and the dedicated staff of the Centralina Council of Governments.” 

For more information about SCSEP, contact Natasha Pender, SCSEP Manager at 704-348-2713 or npender@centralina.org.


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Related COG Areas: Aging and Quality of Life