VANTAGE Aging to Host Region 5 SCSEP Conference Highlighting Unique Partnership

Columbus, OH (May 18, 2021) – VANTAGE will host a Region 5 round table conference for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This year, the two-day event will highlight the impact of job training programs and resources on aging individuals. The conference will take place virtually on May 18, 2021 and May 20, 2021.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a paid work-based job training program for older Americans. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the minimum wage. Participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. 

With its state partners, VANTAGE Aging has developed a pilot project partnership with Grafton Corrections’ Reintegration Center that has led to a more expanded collaboration with the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ohio Rehabilitation and Corrections Department to expand SCSEP into One-Stop Centers located in Grafton Corrections’ Reintegration Center and Pickaway Correctional Institute.     

Incarcerated SCSEP participants earn wages during their assignment, allowing them savings to support their transition back to the community. The restored citizen will also have a continuous relationship with VANTAGE SCSEP upon release in one of VANTAGE Aging’s service area communities.

“VANTAGE Aging is honored to be hosting this Region 5 conference. We look forward to facilitating knowledge, ideas and collaboration among the conference participants in order to further improve the delivery of our services to our SCSEP participants,” said VANTAGE Aging CEO Ted Watko.

For more information on this partnership or the Region 5 SCSEP conference, contact Kate Harkin at 614-886-9084.


About VANTAGE Aging

VANTAGE Aging provides high-quality programs to empower the economic, social, physical, and mental well-being of adults as they age. Non-medical in-home care is provided by Home Wellness Solutions. Job training for low-income adults age 55 and older is offered through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Evidenced-based volunteering to meet local and national needs is provided by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers. Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio provides home-delivered and congregate meals to provide nutritional support to the homebound and disabled. Behavioral health services are administered by the Blick Center. Overall, VANTAGE’s programs come together to offer a path for positive aging. Founded in 1975 as a senior citizen program, VANTAGE has since become an independent, nationally respected organization with offices throughout the state. For more information, call 330-253-4597 or visit

Contact Information:

Amina Hall, Director of Community Engagement

The Senior Community Service Employment Program of VANTAGE Aging

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