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SCSEP: Senior Community Service Employment Program

SCSEP Program Overview

SCSEP is the largest federally-funded program specifically targeting older adults seeking employment and training assistance.


The goal of SCSEP is to help participants gain work experience and overcome barriers by receiving on-the-job training at not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) community based organizations or government agencies. The dual purpose of the SCSEP program is to provide community service while also improving participant’s job skills to enable them to find full or part-time unsubsidized employment.

Nationally, NAPCA serves over 1,200 older workers through the SCSEP program annually. In 2016, NAPCA SCSEP participants contributed over 600,000 hours to our community through their community services.

This project received $13,967,915 (90.91% of its total cost) from grants awarded under the SCSEP grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.  $1,396,791.50 (9.09%) of the project is financed by non-federal funding sources.

Program Overview
Participant Testimonials

Project Locations

Phone: (206) 838-8170
Fax: (206) 322-5387

Betty Chan, Project Coordinator


National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

1511 3rd Ave, Ste. 914

Seattle, WA 98101

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King/Pierce Counties, WA

Phone: (415) 677-7600
Fax: (510) 336-0144

Kelly Zhou, Project Coordinator


Self-Help for the Elderly

2400 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94602

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Alameda County, CA

Phone: (559)-452-0881
Fax: (559)803-6154

Francis Trujillo, SER-SCSEP Coordinator


SER-Jobs for Progress

255 North Fulton, Ste. 106

Fresno, CA 93701

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Napa, Solano, Sonoma Counties, CA

Phone: 213-617-8553
Fax: 213-617-8615

Danee Prasert, Project Manager

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

1767 N. Hill Street, Ste. 301

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Los Angeles County, CA

Phone: (714) 560-8877
Fax: (714) 836-8188

Norman Lee, Project Director


Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center

850 North Birch Street

Santa Ana, CA 92701

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Orange County, CA

Phone: (916) 394-6399 ext. 143
Fax: (916) 394-6392

Dave Lin, Project Director


ACC Senior Services

7334 Park City Drive

Sacramento, CA 95831

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Sacramento County, CA

Phone: 415-677-7502
Fax: 415-391-3760

Kelly Zhou, Project Coordinator


Self-Help for the Elderly

601 Jackson Street, 2nd Fl

San Francisco, CA 94133

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San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara Counties, CA

Phone: (312) 913-0981
Fax: (312) 913-0982

Harris Lee, Project Director


National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

122 S. Michigan Ave, Ste. 1414

Chicago, IL 60603

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Cook County, IL

Phone: (312) 791-0418
Fax: (312) 791-0509

Bob Zhou, Project Director


Chinese American Service League

2141 South Tan Court

Chicago, IL 60616

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Cook County, IL

Phone: (217)-560-3065
Fax: (217)-560-3073

Stacey Parr, Workforce Services Director


National Able Network, Inc.

567 W. Lake St., Ste. 1150

Chicago, IL 60661

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Northern Illinois Counties, IL

Phone: 617-357-0226 x203
Fax: 617-423-7672

Kun Chang, Project Director

Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

75 Kneeland St., Ste. 204

Boston, MA 02111

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Norfolk, Suffolk, Middlesex Counties, MA

Phone: (215) 224-0358
Fax: (215) 224-0724

Joseph Lee, Project Director


Philip Jaisohn Memorial Center

6705 Old York Road

Philadelphia, PA 19126

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Philadelphia, Montgomery Counties, PA

Phone: (713) 271-6100 ext. 206
Fax: (832) 218-6992

Maggie Sun, Program Manager


Chinese Community Center of Houston Texas

9800 Town Park Dr.

Houston, TX 77036

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Harris County, TX

Phone: (718) 939-6137 ext. #319
Fax: (646) 862-0509

Helen Jang, Project Director


Korean Community Service of Metro NY

2 W 32nd St., #604

New York, NY 10001

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Bronx, Kings, Queens Counties, NY

Participant Testimonials

In 2012, I enrolled and began SCSEP training at Bayview Manor in Seattle as a kitchen assistant. I acquired many skills, including food preparation, customer service, cleaning, and assisting cooks and staff. I also obtained my food handler's permit. I was able to learn and improve my skills during training and as a result I got hired by my host agency as a part-time server.
Former SCSEP Seattle Participant
Where We Serve

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Joining Our Program
Joining the Program
How does NAPCA SCSEP work?
Individuals that are selected will get assigned to a host agency (non-profit or governmental agency) where they will be provided supervision and training.  Participants will be allowed to work part time for up to 20 hours a week and will be paid the local, state or federal minimum wage, whichever is higher.  Periodic individual employment plans and assessments will be conducted to provide further assistance to the participants. Skills learned through the host agency and training sessions will be useful in assisting participants to transition into unsubsidized employment.
Eligibility for Interested Applicants
Am I eligible to enroll in the SCSEP?

All SCSEP participants must have ALL the following requirements:

  Age 55 years or older
  Have an income at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level
  Eligible to work in the United States according to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
  Reside in one of the counties that NAPCA SCSEP serves (see  project locations)

If you are interested in SCSEP, please fill out a preliminary eligibility form and send it to your local project site or fax it to 206-624-1023 attention to SCSEP.

  Download: English Application Form
  Download: Chinese Application Form
  Download: Korean Application Form
  Download: Vietnamese Application Form
Eligibility to become a Host Organization
How can my organization partner with NAPCA SCSEP as a host agency?

Organizations who want to become a host agency with NAPCA SCSEP must fit into one of two criteria:

  • Private non-profit organization with current 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service
  • Government agency

If your organization is within the area of our project sites, fit the qualifications, and interested in participating as a host agency please fill out host agency application form and send it your local project site or fax it to 206-624-1023 attention to SCSEP.

  Download: Host Agency Application Form
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