Elder services awarded $320,000 grant

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Updated August 26

The Elder Service of Cape Cod and the Islands was recently awarded $319,853 from Senior Service America, Inc., according to a press release.

Almost 90 percent of the grant, originally from the U.S. Department of Labor, will provide temporary employment to at least 38 low-income older adults living in Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties, the release states.

These older adults will participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

The SCSEP helps low-income, unemployed adults age 55 and up find work, such as part-time assignments for nonprofit organizations, often leading to full-time employment, according to the SCSEP website.

According to the administrator for the Edgartown Council on Aging, Paul Mohair, many older adults on-Island would want to take advantage of this program because the cost of living on Martha’s Vineyard is so high.

“Access to the workforce is a huge issue these days. Obviously it is illegal to discriminate by age, but we all know it happens,” Mohair said. “This county is the fastest aging county in the state — these kinds of programs are only going to be more important in the future.”

Updated to clarify that the National Council on Aging does not operate SCSEP programs in Massachusetts.