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Akron non-profit receives $233,904 federal grant

Published: June 17, 2014 2:04 PM

Akron, OH - Mature Services was recently given a one-time demonstration grant to increase and provide improved services to aid low-income older workers.

Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the funds will be used by Mature Services to develop programs designed to increase employer engagement to improve unsubsidized job placement opportunities.

SCSEP (Senior Community Service Employment Program) provides part-time paid training, through community placement, for older workers who are over the age of 55 and low-income. This program allows them to upgrade their skill set and gain practical experience, while providing valuable support services to community agencies. Participants in SCSEP gain work experience in many community services and activities including non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals and senior centers.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to expand our outreach and collaboration with employers throughout the region,” said Paul Magnus, Vice President for Workplace Development at Mature Services. “At a time of diminished resources, the funds will also allow us to expand staff and develop new opportunities for our program participants.”

The grants were awarded through a limited competition and there was a strict criteria that needed to be met to qualify as a recipient. Only applicants that had met specific benchmarks for utilization of past funds as well as performance could apply, and Mature Services met that criteria

“Mature Services works hard to utilize the funds we receive to best serve our clients,” said Linda Valentine, president and CEO of Mature Services. “It is because of our success in meeting our goals that we merited this grant, and we are excited to develop new programs that will further serve our clients and the community.”

Mature Services is a non-profit organization that has been keeping pace with the changing needs of older adults since 1975. Among the services offered are employment and training programs, home delivered and congregate meals, homecare services, addiction and recovery, mental health counseling, and volunteer opportunities. To learn more, call 330-253-4597, or go to www.matureservices.org.

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