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Senior Community Services Employment Program


June 30, 2018 will be the end of an era at Land of Sky Regional Council. After 40 years of hosting the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), LOS is turning over administration of the program to two other agencies. Also known as Title V (of the Older Americans Act), SCSEP is a Department of Labor grant program for unemployed, low-income seniors over 55 to get training and gain skills for unsubsidized employment.

In 1978 the Area Agency on Aging at LOS took over the program from the Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Program. Through the years hundreds of participants have served in non-profit and government host agencies in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties. These seniors have helped their host agencies provide services to the community while gaining valuable experience themselves.

With the aging population in our region growing, the Area Agency on Aging is working to best balance the community’s service needs with available programs and resources. It was decided that two of our regional service provider partners would each continue to offer the a portion of SCSEP program slots currently administered by Land of Sky.

The Area Agency on Aging at Isothermal Planning and Development Commission in Rutherfordton will take on approximately 20 SCSEP slots funded through the state of NC. The State of Franklin Health Council, Inc. in Bryson City will take another 30 slots funded through a national non-profit agency, Senior Service America, Inc. State of Franklin plans to have a local staff liaison based in the Buncombe area.  Each of these agencies has experience working with the SCSEP program and are looking forward to service seniors in our region.

For more information contact:

Lori Simpson
Aging Specialist
Isothermal Planning and Development Commission
828-287-2281 ext. 1222
Fax 287-2735 or 351-2375
PO Box 841
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Marlene Vinson, Director
State of Franklin Health Council, Inc.
125 Brendle St
Bryson City, N.C.  28713
Phone: 828-488-3213
Fax: 828-488-6714
Website: swainpublictransit.com