Jewish Council for the Aging Receives $706,000 Grant 

Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington Receives $706,000 Grant

The Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington (JCA) received a $706,373 grant from Senior Service America. Inc. (SSAI) to assist workers age 55 and above return to the job market. About 90 percent of the grant will be used to provide paid training for at least 83 low-income older adults who live in Frederick and Montgomery counties through JCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

“This program delivers a quadruple win for older adults and their community,” said David Gamse, JCA CEO. “First, our SCSEP participants are helping more than three dozen charities and public agencies to carry out their missions. Indeed, the grant pays the wages of our older interns in return for the training that host agencies provide, and those agencies include the America and China International Foundation, Ethiopian Community Center, Holy Cross Hospital and JCA itself.”

Second, “Older workers are remaining connected and productive rather than being isolated. Third, SCSEP is providing the dignity of work to low-income job seekers who have some of the toughest employment challenges. And finally, through SCSEP, we are strengthening our local community and demonstrating to all that ability is ageless,” Gamse said.

The program is a cornerstone of the Older Americans Act and is the only federal job-training program targeted exclusively to low-income seniors. It promotes personal dignity and self-sufficiency through work. Its temporary,  part-time community service assignments provide a hand-up, not a handout, for older, unemployed low-income Americans.

Those eligible participate for up to four years although the average tenure is 18 months. The training and hands on experience they receive frequently leads to permanent employment.

As the second largest U.S. Department of Labor National Grantee of SCSEP, Senior Service America works through a network of local partners delivering various career-training programs for older workers in 34 states. To date, Senior Service America has placed over 12,000 older workers into permanent employment through SCSEP.

“Our long-term local partners are a key to the strength of SSAI and provide the systems to train older Americans into strategic advantage for employers and the country,” said Gary A. Officer, Senior Service America President and CEO. “We are very pleased to continue our support for the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington for the 44th consecutive year.”

About the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington

The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) helps older adults in Greater D.C. maintain independence, dignity, vitality and self-respect. It also helps people of different generations understand, learn from and care for one another. JCA accomplishes this through a myriad of community-based programs built upon vibrant programmatic partnerships with funders, fellow charities and local communities; and by providing opportunities for volunteers to make the National Capital Area a great place to age.

About Senior Service America

Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) is committed to making it possible for low-income and other disadvantaged older adults to participate fully in determining their own future and the future of their communities. SSAI provides employment opportunities to low income and older adults in 34 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For 50 years, SSAI has operated the Senior Community Service Employment Program and currently partners with a diverse network of local organizations in 13 states. For more information, please visit