Senior Services

What are Senior Services - SCSEP?

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is offered by MERS Goodwill in many counties throughout eastern, central, and southeast Missouri, along with southern Illinois.  It is designed to provide subsidized, part-time, training and work-experience to low-income persons age 55 or older that need help finding a job.

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SCSEP Community Service

SCSEP has a long history of placing volunteers at non-profit and government agencies to assist in the operations the organization.  SCSEP volunteers can assist with duties like customer service, reception, data entry, file maintenance, inventory, stocking, janitorial or whatever the needs of the host organization may be.  Participants are usually required to volunteer a scheduled 20 hours per week.  All expenses and liability are covered through the grant, so there is no cost to the host organization.

SCSEP Training

The only thing asked of the host organization is that they supervise and train the SCSEP volunteer.  One of the primary goals of SCSEP is to train the participants on the job skills they need in order to eventually find permanent employment (either at the host organization or elsewhere).   A skills assessment and an Individual Employment Plan (IEP) define and focus the training goals for each participant.  Most participants are assigned a variety of tasks that give them both recent experiences to record on their resumes, and the confidence of having more up-to-date skills.

SCSEP Placement Services

The ultimate goal of SCSEP is to prepare and transition each participant into permanent employment.  The IEP for every participant includes a requirement that they actively search for a job.  A job case manager is assigned to each participant to provide assistance with the job search, resumes, and interview coaching.

SCSEP Supportive Services

SCSEP can provide a variety of supportive services, the most important being a training wage for the time a participant spends training at their host organization.  Each participant is paid minimum wage for the 20 hours per week they volunteer/train at the host organization.  In addition, assistance with interview or work clothing as well as other supportive services to assist the participant with employment may be provided.

For more information, please visit the national website for the program.

You can also call MERS Goodwill SCSEP with any questions, or to obtain the forms necessary to participate in Title V – Senior Community Service Employment Program.

Contact the Lippman Center for eligibility and enrollment information.

Goodwill® proudly participates in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a national employment and training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. A $22,836,313 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor provided 90 percent of the funding for Goodwill’s SCSEP programs in the program year 2023. Goodwills provided the remaining 10 percent through in-kind contributions worth $2,537,378. See for funding details.

St. Louis, MO – MERS Goodwill Industries, Inc. received a subaward of $2,113,623, and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $245,657 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.