Senior Employment Services

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is an employment training program designed to assist the mature worker, age 55 and older, in re-entering the job market. It operates under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Under Title V of the Older Americans Act. Each year SCSEP enables a multitude of low-income seniors to "earn and learn" while working in local non-profit programs serving their community.

How Does SCSEP Work?

Employers value the skills and experience older workers bring to the workplace, so they are looking for people like you.  If you’re 55 or older with a low income, local organizations are ready to help you refresh your job skills and re-enter the workforce.

The program provides temporary paid training that contributes to the general welfare of the community. Eligible individuals are enrolled in a non-profit or public agency for 20 hours per week at minimum wage.

All participants benefit from:

  • skill acquisition or skill enhancement opportunities
  • opportunities to invest in younger generations
  • personal and employment-related counseling
  • assistance in the transition to unsubsidized employment

SCSEP participants are offered training in non-profits and public agencies throughout York County. In the past, our participants have received training in the following, all while giving back to the community.

  • Beautification Projects
  • Computer Instruction
  • Literacy Instruction
  • Nutrition Programs
  • Schools & Child Care Centers
  • Senior Citizen Centers

SCSEP Serves the Community By

Assisting older workers with achieving permanent employment
Providing older workers with paid training to enhance future employment opportunities
Enhancing services to the community by placing the program participants in community service agencies
Serving as a link between employers seeking to hire older employees and the older worker

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for SCSEP, you must be:

  • 55 or older
  • Unemployed
  • Living in Adams or York County
  • Living on a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level

How do I apply?

To apply, you will need to bring the following items:

  • State or Federal Picture ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Documentation of any source of  income (i.e., your Social Security or Unemployment Determination)


Contact our office for a complete application and to determine eligibility as not all income is counted.

Hear from our Participants

Larraine’s Confidence Refound

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is an invaluable resource for older adults seeking to re-enter the workforce. After 8 years of care giving, I both needed and wanted to return to work but lacked the confidence in my work skills. SCSEP afforded me the opportunity to regain my skills and confidence in a supportive environment while earning a modest living. They also provide job seeking workshops to assist with my search for unsubsidized employment. This wonderful transitional program made my need and desire a reality and I am very grateful for its existence.

SCSEP Participant - Data Entry Specialist

Have Questions?

Contact or visit our office Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. 

717-848-6700 (phone)           717-848-6719 (fax)

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