Some LP County senior citizens may qualify for paid job training 


Goodwill’s participation in the Senior Community Service Employment Program offers unemployed seniors, 55 and older, an opportunity to receive paid training while learning new skills. 

The program connects seniors with local nonprofits or community service agencies where they can build work experience through on-the-job training while earning an income. 

“In the midst of the pandemic, many of our seniors are facing long term financial hardship.  Having SCSEP available is a pathway to independence – even in these difficult times.  Once new skills are developed, we work with participants in transitioning to permanent employment,” said Debie Coble, President and CEO. 

Host agencies benefit as well because older workers have many beneficial characteristics, such as a superior work ethic, maturity and judgment.

SCSEP pays participants training wages. It is available in 16 Indiana counties, including La Porte County, for low-income seniors who qualify.  Priority is given to individuals over 65, as well as veterans and their spouses. 

The program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $611,432, with 11.6% in additional funds contributed by Goodwill Industries of Michiana. 

For more information, contact Sharon Lavengood at (574) 276-9995 or

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