NICOA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has been working very hard to keep all of its participants safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants, who normally go to a host agency for 15-20 hours a week to gain skills to become more employable and compete in the job market, are on paid sick leave. Participants will remain on paid sick leave until the governors of their states open their training sites and it is safe for them to return.
Staff have spent countless hours on the phone with participants, ensuring that they are at home and staying safe. NICOA provides all SCSEP staff with the most up to date information on COVID-19, so they can confidentially relay accurate information to participants.
During this time, program participants have stayed positive (although going a bit stir crazy). We have only gotten a couple reports of participants that have contracted COVID-19, so we feel that we made the best decision putting our participants on sick leave and having them stay home.
All our prayers go out to all our elders and their families as this pandemic takes its toll. We encourage you all to keep your heads up and to be patient until we can all return to some sort of normalcy.
NICOA’s SCSEP Director