Senior employment program marks 55 years

73-year-old Ray Seals loves working.
Before he joined the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) a year ago, he was unemployed, and was finding it difficult making ends meet on Social Security alone.
“I really found myself in a rut,” he said.
Seals is a recent addition to the SCSEP team at MAC. He mans the reception area podium in the afternoons, greeting visitors to the MAC building and taking temperatures as part of the agency’s routine COVID-19 screening.
“I sleep better, I feel better about myself. I’m productive. I’m not just taking up air,” Seals said. “It keeps me busy. I find that activity is the great depression fighter.”
SCSEP is the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work.
SCSEP matches eligible older adults with part-time training assignments for non-profit organizations. Participants build skills and self-confidence, while earning a modest income. For many, their SCSEP experience leads to permanent employment.
SCSEP is marking 55 years of service this year. Sept. 20-26 is National employ Older Workers Week.
To learn more about the SCSEP program on the Lower Shore, Call MAC at 410-742-0505.