First State Celebrates Outstanding Older Workers

On Wednesday, September 26th, First State celebrated the valuable contributions of older workers the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) and encouraged the public to appreciate and hire older workers. In addition to recognizing SCSEP participants, the event honored host job training sites, project staff, outstanding older workers and employers. Receiving special honor as outstanding employees were 68 year old Richard Butner of Greenwood and 72 year old Charles Savage of Georgetown. Easter Seals and A.C.E. Resource Center I were also honored for being outstanding employers in the program. Delaware SCSEP Grant Administrator, Max A. Amoako, was the event's keynote speaker. He stressed the economic value of older workers and the importance of SCSEP in helping seniors get a job and become more financially independent, thus eliminating the need to depend on government and social programs. Amoako highlighted the great strengths of hiring older workers and the benefits they bring as a result of their age. "Your age is not a disability, it's an ABILITY," he said. "Older workers are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and ready to work, and they are a tremendous benefit to Delaware's economy and workforce." "We all benefit when we hire older workers," he added. The September 26th Older Workers Celebration comes during National Employ Older Workers Week (09/23/2018 to 09/29/2018), an annual event which highlights the value of hiring older workers while showcasing the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). SCSEP provides on-the-job skills training to individuals 55 and older with limited financial resource. The goal of SCSEP is to help seasoned workers gain supplemental income and marketable skills that enable them to secure subsidized employment in the competitive workforce. In Sussex County, SCSEP services are administered by First State Community Action Agency which has helped more than 200 older workers re-enter the workforce since 2005. The Senior Community Service Employment Program is authorized by the Older Americans Act and funded yearly through the U. S. Department of Labor and Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities. In Sussex County, program services are administered by First State Community Action Agency.

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