Urban League Expands Senior Jobs Program to 13 Counties with $900,000 SCSEP Grant

The Winston-Salem Urban League expands its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) from six (6) to thirteen (13) counties offering nearly $900,000 for career and job support services to older North Carolinians. The program expands to seniors in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey. WSUL currently serves Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin. Approximately 123 low-income, unemployed seniors, ages 55 and older are eligible for assistance effective October 1, 2017.

The program expansion is made possible by an $897,852 grant from United States Department of Labor and the award-winning national non-profit, Senior Services America, Incorporated (SSAI).

Created in 1968, under Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz, SCSEP helps unemployed, low-income older Americans move to work opportunity. The United States Department of Labor fosters, promotes and develops the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Chair of the Committee on Education and the Workforce remarked, “Older North Carolinians are the foundation of our communities. The Committee on Education and the Workforce works hard to make sure their needs are met. This is a great win for our communities.We are very pleased to partner with the Winston-Salem Urban League.”

“We recognize the importance of this program to the people of Winston-Salem and we are confident in the ability of the W-S Urban League to meet our desired outcomes for the community”, said Gary A. Officer, Executive Director of Senior Service America, Incorporated. Senior Service America is the second largest U.S. Department of Labor National Grantee of SCSEP.

James Perry, CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League commented, “On behalf of the community we serve, we thank Congresswoman Virginia Fox, Chair of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Labor Secretary Acosta and Senior Services America Director Gary Officer. For so many in our community, the Senior Community Service Employment Program is not only a job line but a lifeline. We are humbled to be the organization entrusted to connect so many older North Carolinians to opportunity.”

Low-Income, unemployed North Carolinians can call 336-725-5614 or email cgilreath@wsurban.org to apply for the Senior Community Service Employment Program.