Easter Seals job training participants and program staff from across the country met with key Congressional offices to discuss Easter Seals' Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in the summer of 2013.
SCSEP is a U.S. Department of Labor program that provides low-income, unemployed individuals, age 55 and older, with temporary work experiences and job training that help them find permanent employment in their communities. Easter Seals is a national SCSEP provider with programs in eight states: Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Utah.
As part of the Easter Seals Participant Advisory Council national conference held in Washington, a dozen Easter Seals SCSEP participants and staff described the program and their training experiences in a series of educational meetings with congressional staff of key members of the United States Senate Committees on Appropriations; Budget; Finance; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the Special Committee on Aging. The meetings were meant to inform congressional staffs about SCSEP, the only federal program dedicated to helping older workers find jobs.