TX program helps veterans, seniors find jobs

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 3:00pm

A government-funded job program called, the Senior Community Service Employment Program provides job training opportunities for seniors and vetearns.

It helps a range of different individuals including those that are unemployed, veterans, or seniors just needing help to get by.

"It's very helpful for people who are on social security to find part time employment to supplement that money," said Jane Holly, a senior citizen participating in the program.

Program leaders such as Dorothy Clay understand the potential problems seniors may face, and are focused on finding solutions.

"Paying the rent, trying to decide, 'should I buy food, should I get my medication?' So the fact that we can kinda help bridge that gap financially, that is the utmost important to me," Dorothy explained.

Participants will have the opportunity to work 20 hours a week at different facilities including: day cares, schools, libraries, and even hospitals.

"They try to fit you in where you're going to be happy and work out," Jane explained.

Some part time placements can even lead to bigger opportunities.

"We had a man that came in here - he was in the program for two months, and he got a full time position," Dorothy said.

The ultimate goal of the program is to help seniors and veterans become self-sufficient by offering different training opportunities and resources within the community.

"Especially or senior citizens, they worked for this country, they built it up and they did so many wonderful things. I think it's time to help them," Dorothy said.


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