AGING SERVICES: National Employ Older Worker Week

Older Workers are a Valuable Asset for Employers
September 21 through 27 is National Employ Older Worker Week

For employers, older workers are reliable, experienced and motivated with strong work ethics and flexible schedules.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 41% of Americans ages 55 and older will be employed making up 21% of the US workforce.   Many of those updated their job skills through programs such as the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  Ninety-five Connecticut residents found part time and full time employment through SCSEP between July 2013 and June 2014.  Those older workers now work for local schools, health care and home care services, social service or municipal agencies and several are self-employed.
SCSEP services are offered in our state through the State Department on Aging, Easter Seals Capital Region and Eastern Connecticut and the Associates for Training and Development.  Our program provides the state’s employers with the staff needed to be competitive.  For more information about SCSEP in Connecticut, please see below.



A Senior Community Service Employment Program funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act through the U.S. Department of Labor enables us to provide job skills training to low-income Individuals, age 55 and older in Connecticut.
Ready to Work participants are placed in temporary training assignments where they gain valuable on-the-job work experience and training needed to gain meaningful employment.

Participants will work 20 hours a week at the training sites for which they will be paid minimum wage.


  • To assist participants in acquiringmarketable jobs skills and
  • To help participants secure meaningful unsubsidized employment

Program Objectives

  • Participate in community service assignments to learn new skills in on the job training
  • Assistance in resume development
  • Assistance in developing job search skills
  • Increase opportunities to obtain jobs in the private sector
  • Referrals to supportive services as needed
  • Change stereotypes about older workers through public education and demonstrated success


  • Be unemployed
  • Be 55 years of age or older and a resident of Connecticut
  • Have an annual family income that is not more than 125% of the federal poverty income guidelines.

Family Size Annual Income
   1 - $14,363
   2 - $19,388
   3 - $24,413

For additional information about Ready to Work, please contact Jennifer Gorman at (860) 424-5643 or at

Ready to Work Providers

Greater New Haven Area:

Agency on Aging of South Central CT
One Long Wharf Dr
New Haven, CT 06511
Ron Webb
(203) 785-8533

Litchfield County:

Education Connection
PO Box 909
Litchfield, CT 06759
JodiLynn Binkley
(860) 567-0863

Greater Stamford Area:

Jewish Family Service of Stamford
733 Summer St, 6th Flr
Stamford, CT 06901-1208
Ilene Locker
(203) 921-4161

Greater Bridgeport Area:

Southwestern CT Agency on Aging
10 Middle St
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Gretchen James
(203) 333-9288

Greater Norwich and Greater New London Areas:

Thames Valley Council for Community Action  
401 West Thames St, Unit 201
Norwich, CT 06360-7155
Ted Pappagallo
(860) 425-6603

For Other Senior Community Service Programs Contact:

Hartford, New London, Tolland and Windham Counties:

Easter Seals Capital Region and Eastern CT
22 Prestige Park Cr
East Hartford, CT 06108
Pete Pylypyszyn
(860) 728-1061 x231

Fairfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties:

Associates for Training and Development
(800) 439-3307

Content Last Modified on 9/23/2014 7:54:27 AM