Senior Community Service Employment Program

By Betsy Smith, Network Shareholder and Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan
There is a recent trend of older adults who are retired but continue to work regularly. Working after retirement can be beneficial for seniors for both financial and health reasons. Many seniors have some savings but may be worried that it’s just not enough. Working part-time will help bridge the gap and help make ends meet. In addition, retirees may choose to work because it provides more than a paycheck. Working after retirement can help delay the onset of age-related diseases like dementia. Keeping mentally and physically active helps people feel younger longer. Working also keeps seniors socially active, helps prevent feelings of isolation, and can provide a sense of purpose. Also, some people just can’t imagine not working.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federal program that helps unemployed older adults find work. SCSEP matches adults with part-time training assignments for both public and non-profit organizations. Seniors can be trained in a variety of positions including customer service, childcare, health care, and computers.
There are certain requirements to participate in SCSEP. Participants must be at least 55, unemployed and be on a limited income. Priority is given to veterans and spouses of veterans, individuals over 65, individuals with disabilities, low literacy skills, and others who have low employment prospects. SCSEP can often lead to permanent employment. To find SCSEP programs in your area use CareerOneStop’s Older Worker Program Finder or call 1.877.872.5627.


Betsy is the MiCAFE Network Shareholder and Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan. She has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since September 2019. As the MiCAFE Network Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan, Betsy provides outreach, training, recruitment, and education to MiCAFE Network Partners and stakeholders.