Goodwill offering jobs for people 55 or over

Goodwill offering jobs for people 55 or over

GOODWILL OF THE OLYMPICS AND RAINIER REGION NEWS RELEASE -- Goodwill is pleased to announce August openings for their Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which offers training and paid employment for low-income persons 55 years of age or older.  Goodwill forecasts at least 100 openings in 11 Southwest and Western Peninsula counties over the next 12 months.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work based training program for older workers.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and run through Goodwill of the Olympic and Rainier Region’s six work opportunity centers, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income persons 55 years or older who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects.

Participants train an average of 15 - 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage.  When ready, they are then placed in temporary training at a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including day-care centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals.  The community service training and temporary employment serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities.  The program goal is to place 30% of its authorized positions into unsubsidized employment annually.

In addition to individual benefit, the program moves participants off of welfare, food stamps and other public assistance.  Seniors gainfully employed also spend their income on the local economy, benefitting businesses and services in the area.

“Program participants receive assistance with developing an individual employment plan, along with community service placement and training specific to that service assignment,” said Kelly Fox, Vocational Services Manager/Eastern Washington SCSEP Coordinator; Yakima Work Opportunity Center. “They also receive additional training identified in their individual plans, and supportive services, wages, fringe benefits, annual physicals, and assistance in securing unsubsidized employment,” said Fox.

Frank Encinas’ Yakima journey…

For nearly two decades, Frank Encinas lived as a homeless person in Yakima County, surviving on a small VA pension.  Finally, he learned about and applied for the SCSEP program in March of last year, expressing an interest in the retail field.  Goodwill gave him on-the-job training at the Yakima Goodwill store, where he learned how donations were handled, priced and merchandised.  Soon Frank’s career plan came into focus - he wanted to pursue retail through permanent employment at the Yakima Goodwill store.  As he worked his temporary SCSEP job, he spoke to his supervisor, the store manager, every chance he could.  Management became impressed with Frank’s ability and willingness to learn new things, leading to regular employment late last year.

TO APPLY FOR THE SCSEP PROGRAM

Contact the following Goodwill program manager for your area:

· Pierce county-JoLynn Dunavant-253 573 6759
· Thurston County, Jefferson county, Clallam County-Kathy Hurley-360 456 0273
· Grays Harbor County, Mason County, -Dora Louton, 360 532 0041
· Cowlitz County, Lewis County-Lenette Connolly Hastings-360 501 8350, (Cowlitz County)  360 330 2428 (Lewis County)
· Kittitas County, Klickitat County, Yakima County-Gail Goode 509 452 6061

Across the U.S. there are approximately 46,000 participants in the program, with a 44% success rate in transitioning participants to unsubsidized employment.

About Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region:  Getting America Back to Work…

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Goodwill provides innovative job placement, career training and education to connect Americans with a higher quality of life.  As a unique nonprofit business, our thrift shop revenue and public donations fuel programs that help people with limited income, disabilities and disadvantages overcome barriers to employment.  This year Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region will help 9,000 people with education, job training and placement so they can become independent self-supporting citizens.  Of these, nearly 2,700 people will be offered office, culinary, barista, catering, retail, custodial, warehouse, transportation/logistics construction and other careers thanks to partnerships with 1,000 companies across Washington.  These critical career development and placement services are funded through generous financial gifts, grants, fees, commercial services and the operation of 34 thrift stores throughout our western and south central Washington operations.  Info: www.goodwillwa.org .