Carolyn has been a participant in the Senior Community Service Employment Program for one year. She works an as office assistant at BCBW Community Services in Breese and fully enjoys her role. BCBW provides assistance to low-income families by providing them with food, clothing, and assistance with utility bills and rent. Carolyn’s job is to ensure that all clients’ needs are met. When Carolyn lost her job two years ago she struggled emotionally and financially. She suffers from arthritis in her back and had a difficult time finding a new job. “I began feeling like I wasn’t needed and now, with this job, I feel needed again,” Carolyn said. She became familiar with the program when she heard about it from her current supervisor, Deb. “This program has helped me build my self-esteem and makes me feel like I am making a difference,” she said. “I am so thankful for my job.” Her favorite part about her job is seeing a smile on a child’s face when they receive new clothing or a toy. According to Carolyn, SCSEP not only helped build her self-esteem, but also taught her to communicate better with others.
Vicki has been in the Senior Community Service Employment Program for nearly two years. She works in the communications department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Vicki formerly worked as a nurse, but had to leave her job when she was diagnosed with respiratory problems. To Vicki, the program and her job at the hospital are essential to her well-being. Her favorite part of her job is that she gets assigned different tasks nearly every day and it keeps her busy. Since becoming involved in SCSEP, Vicki has improved her computer skills and learned how to work with a variety of office machines. According to Vicki, the opportunity to participate in the program kept her moving forward when she had nowhere else to turn. “This program has helped me in so many ways,” Vicki said. “Without it, I don’t know where I would be.”