Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The JCA Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides on-the-job training for people with low income who are age 55 and older and live in Montgomery and Frederick counties, Maryland. Trainees receive minimum wage while working at nonprofits and government agencies to build their skills and resumes while delivering valuable community service. SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor grant and in cooperation with The Center for Workforce Inclusion. This funding provides 90% of the support for SCSEP with CWI providing a 10% match or $5 million.

Enrollment priority is given to veterans and qualified spouses of veterans, then to individuals who are over 65, have a disability, have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, reside in a rural area, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have low employment prospects, or have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system. 

The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 

For information, contact SCSEP Director Cathy Nestoriak at 301-255-4249 or


  • Jobseekers, ages 55 and older
  • Meet established low-income guidelines
  • Desire an opportunity for employment and training

Program Benefits

  • On-the-job training with local non-profit or government agency
  • Training, skill building, and professional connections
  • Stipend of at least hourly minimum wage
  • At least 20 hours per week commitment
  • Income eligibility exemption for Federal housing programs and SNAP benefits

How to Apply

Kathaleen Manly

Ruth Flets

SCSEP at Interfaith Works

I like the program, and I am learning computer basics and conversational English, thanks to JCA. Now I have purpose.

For More Information

Phone: 301-255-4249


Interested in becoming a SCSEP Host Agency? 

If you are 501(c)(3) or a government agency and have about 20 hours a week of work for a SCSEP-qualified worker, your agency can become a SCSEP Host Agency. SCSEP Job Seekers will work on-site 20 hours weekly, and we will pay them. It is a Win-Win!  

Becoming a SCSEP Host Agency means you agree to provide a safe and healthful work site for each job seeker, to provide the orientation and training necessary to perform assigned duties in accordance with a written community service assignment description, to provide additional training as opportunities occur, and, to the extent possible, treat each job seeker as a regular member of the Host Agency staff while they develop job skills working for you. Please contact for more information.