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Eighty Year Old Veteran Secures Employment Through Help Of Senior Community Service Employment Program

SCSEP Success Story

Post Date:06/20/2017 2:27 PM



SOUTH BEND, IN – Robert Bostic, an 80-year-old Veteran, found permanent, unsubsidized employment that helped him maintain his independence and improve his quality of life through the assistance of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). SCSEP connects seniors with agencies that provide part-time subsidized employment and training opportunities that help return participating seniors to the workforce.

Robert had been out of the workforce for several years and found he needed more income. Knowing He had worked in security until 2013, SCSEP staff assessed Robert’s wants, needs, and abilities. For his worksite training, Robert was placed at the South Bend Museum as a Gallery Monitor.

“One of the things I needed to do was to keep moving forward not only with learning new skills and improving on the ones I already had, but to also physically keep moving,” said Robert. ”SCSEP Director Peggy Miller, determined that my training placement at the South Bend Museum as a Gallery Monitor would fall in conjunction with my past security experience, as well as keep me moving physically as I monitored the museum. It was hard at first to get up and move, but now I feel stronger than when I first started with the program.”

Robert’s Job Preparation, Job Readiness, and Job Keeping skills were improved through worksite training and WorkOne workshops. Robert was given the training and combination of services needed for him to reach his employment goals. “At 80 years old I was able to secure employment outside of the program, and for that I am very grateful,” said Robert. At 80 years old, Robert Bostic found help, hope, and permanent employment thanks to SCSEP.

Older workers, including Veterans like Robert, are entering the workforce at a fast pace and are helping stimulate the local economy, which strongly benefits the entire community. If you are a low-income senior, or know of a low-income senior, in need of paid training – contact SCSEP Director Peggy Miller by calling: (574) 855-5330 or sending an email to:


About SCSEP: The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides unemployed low-income older adults with part-time subsidized employment serving the community, improves their well-being, and prepares them for unsubsidized employment.  This program incorporates working with a variety of local nonprofit, faith based and governmental agencies that serve as host agencies. These agencies provide a steppingstone for program participants to help them return to the workforce by training at their work site for 20 hours per week. The goal of the program is for those who participate to gain permanent, unsubsidized employment that helps them maintain their independence, and improve their quality of life.

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