The National Indian Council on Aging’s (NICOA) Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) mission is to provide opportunity for low-income elders through paid training, meaningful community service and skills development. The following highlight the resiliency and success of real SCSEP participants who are living proof of the value this program has on these elders, their communities and employers.
SCSEP Success Story – Diane Martinez: Current NICOA SCSEP participant Diane Martinez shares her journey through homelessness before finding success in the SCSEP program.
SCSEP Success Story – Patricia Harrison: Former NICOA SCSEP participant and current Salvation Army Red Shield Kitchen employee Patricia Harrison talks about how the program changed her life.
SCSEP Success Story – John Hairston: Former NICOA SCSEP participant and current Salvation Army employee John Hairston shares his experience with the program.
SCSEP Success Story – Darrell Drapeau: Former NICOA SCSEP participant Darrell Drapeau went on to be elected as a member of South Dakota’s Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee, which governs the tribe.
SCSEP Success Story – Jim Dunphy: Jim Dunphy is perfect example of how returning value into someone’s life can benefit others.
SCSEP Success Story – Jacqueline Lewis: “When I applied to this program I felt defeated. The job hunting process had changed so much from the earlier years. NICOA’s SCSEP teaches you that you can still step out and succeed at 55 or older.”
SCSEP Success Story – Jose Mosqueda: “My personal experience with NICOA has been rewarding. NICOA provided me the opportunity to return to the workforce and change my living environment.”
SCSEP Success Story – Doreen Tenorio: “I am very grateful that NICOA placed me here. I am really learning so much.”
A Day in the Life of a SCSEP Staff Member: Yolanda Harrison, central region employment specialist with NICOA’s SCSEP shares her experience visiting Denver host agencies.