Jose Mosqueda trained at the Pukuu Cultural Community Services Center in California as a caseworker assistant. During his time in the National Indian Council on Aging’s (NICOA) Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Jose gained many skills that helped to make him a critical part of the Pukuu Cultural Community Services Center.
After exiting SCSEP he was employed by Pukuu Cultural Community Services and continues to serve as a critical part of their everyday mission. SCSEP has provided him the opportunity to help others and has made a difference in his life.
“My personal experience with NICOA has been rewarding, due to not just learning to manage computers, but NICOA also gave me the opportunity to serve people like Native Americans and learn about their culture, needs and history. NICOA also provided me the opportunity to return to the workforce and change my living environment.
NICOA did not just do all that, but provided the opportunity to meet more people like host Fernandeño Tataviam of the Band of Mission Indians/Puku Cultural Community Services. I am thankful to Executive Director Rudy Ortega Jr. and Financial Director Elisa Ornelas. From the beginning, both have been so patient helping NICOA participants with any questions. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity NICOA has given me.”