Maxine Smith, a Delaware native, moved to York, Pennsylvania a few years ago. Not only did she have to adjust to living in a new environment, she had to reenter the workforce after several years of not working. “It was like I was starting work for the first time in my life,” she said. “There were times when I had to go back into the old memory bank and try to bring back things that I know, or thought I knew, back to the forefront.”
Maxine was referred by family and friends to the Crispus Attucks Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Shortly after applying, she was given a job opportunity at the Crispus Attucks Housing and Development office. There she assisted with data entry, scanning, and filing of important documents and historical artifacts. She enjoyed working flexible hours and having off on Fridays. As an added bonus, she learned a lot about Pennsylvania’s history, mainly the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum. “I learned that York’s very first Christmas tree display was here,” she said.
After several weeks of proving her work skills in the Housing and Development Department, she was offered a more permanent, part-time position working as an Accounting Assistant to the Crispus Attucks Finance Department. Here she has the opportunity to utilize her past work experience.
“It doesn’t matter your age or work skills, they will work with you…” she said. “The staff are all very friendly, giving, helpful and most of all…patient with me.”