Many unemployed Ohioans, aged 55 and older, are still looking for work and opportunities to earn a paycheck.
Although this can be difficult at times, the AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program ( SCSEP) is here to help those that are struggling to find jobs that are hiring and ones that are right for them.
“We have a maturing population, and not enough people in the work force,” said Michelle Simko, project director for SCSEP in Cleveland. “When these people lose their jobs, it’s like they’re losing their identity. We want to help them get that back.”
The SCSEP helps unemployed, low income members of the 55+ by matching them with local nonprofits and public agencies that will help them increase skills and build self-confidence. This program, while earning them a modest income, will prepare them to go out to several networking events and job interviews.
AARP wants to give members of the 55+ every possible chance to find a job if they are motivated and willing to work, even if they have just been laid off.
“We are great at helping people who have lost their jobs,” said Debra Shinoskie, project director for SCSEP in Columbus. “If someone loses their job, we stay in contact with them at least once a month and bring them back in if they need help getting employed again.”
Those interested in joining the program must meet certain eligibility requirements and fill out the SCSEP checklist.
SCSEP experience most often leads to permanent employment, so check to see if you are eligible for the program and begin the path to your new career.
Contact one of the SCSEP offices in Ohio for more information:
Cuyahoga County (Cleveland): (216) 881-1155
Franklin, Madison and Delaware County (Columbus): (614) 258-7295
Franklin and Licking County (Central Ohio): (614) 322-0600