Employment Services

For over 40 years, we have offered free employment services to job seekers 55 years of age and over, as well as, employers seeking qualified job candidates throughout all of Erie County.
Program Partners:

Our Services

For Job Seekers

  • Resume preparation
  • Development of interviewing skills
  • Training opportunities
  • “Making Your Age an Asset” – An intensive workshop covering employment related issues to the mature job seeker
  • Job placement assistance for full and part-time positions ranging from entry level to executive level

For Employers

We offer employment services at no charge to employers. Good workers are hard to find and hiring mature workers makes sense.

  • No need to place expensive ads
  • No need to spend unproductive time screening large volumes of resumes
  • No need to spend time trying to arrange interviews

For further information please call our office directly at 716-881-6350 or complete the form at the bottom of this page, and our office will contact you in a timely manner.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans operated under a U.S. Department of Labor grant. We thank the Center for Workforce Inclusion, Inc. for selecting our organization to operate SCSEP in our community.

Individuals 55 years of age and older who meet the SCSEP income guidelines may be enrolled in the program. SCSEP participants are provided part-time assignments at local non-profit, governmental and public agencies.  A few examples are:  receptionists, clerical assistants, data entry clerks, bookkeepers, custodians, child/adult day care assistants, and nutrition assistants.

Earn While You Learn

Our paid training assignments allow the SCSEP participants to develop or enhance their skills. Formal and informal training is given on the community service assignment. In addition, Supportive Services Corporation provides job development services, classroom training, or a combination of these.

Supportive Services provides full financial responsibility (wages, state-mandated fringe benefits, worker’s compensation and general liability) for participants who are placed in a community service assignment. Written personnel policies & procedures and time sheets/pay schedules are provided for each enrollee.

Who Qualifies?

Family SizeMonthly Income ($)Annual Income ($)
11,32915,950
21,79521,550
32,26227,150
42,72932,750
53,19638,350

Host Agency: Community Service Training Site

A Host Agency must be a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) or governmental/public agency to qualify as a host agency. Training sites (host agencies) are selected to furnish supervision, instruction and training for assigned SCSEP participants. Host Agencies’ responsibilities include supervision, keeping time sheets and completing performance evaluations. Host agencies also agree to consider hiring participants whenever job openings occur for which the participant is qualified.

Testimonial

"Through the SCSEP program I have learned that I am as important as the younger generation in the work force. Through this program I have been able to expand my knowledge of computers. I had several classes at SCSEP that helped me with my job search skills and made me feel more comfortable looking for employment. I was helped with my resume. I went to the veteran program where I also got help in looking for employment thanks to SCSEP. SCSEP placed me at a Host Agency that I had a lot of hands on experience with computers which I didn't have before. Through this program I was able to find employment. I will forever be grateful for this program because it made me a better person and built up my confidence. Anyone 55 and up that is interested in finding employment should at least try SCSEP. Thank you for caring about me."
Phyllis G.

Press

As the job market remains strong, older workers are sticking around

Published: Sat, Feb. 15 2020 7:01 AM EST

… Senior Service America works with local organizations around the country like Supportive Services Corporation in Buffalo, New York, sponsoring programs designed to keep or bring back older people to the workforce.

Anita Wolniewicz, a program director at Supportive Services, says she has seen strong interest from workers past retirement age that want to work. In one federal program that helps place older workers with non-profits while they look for more permanent work, 27% of participants have been 66 or older over the past year, Wolniewicz said…

SCSEP: Helping Seniors Find Work

Published: Dec 29, 2020

By 2024, older workers will represent the largest single segment—25 percent of the labor force in the United States. For more than forty years, Supportive Services Corporation has been assisting older job seekers by providing free employment and training services in Erie County…

Slice of Life with Brenda Alesii

Recorded: Feb. 20, 2021

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Supportive Services Corporation’s SCSEP program is funded by a $46.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This funding provides 90% of the support for SCSEP with the Center and its sub-grantees providing approximately $5 million in nonfederal match. The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Supportive Services Corporation embraces equity, diversity and inclusion as pillars of excellence that require continuous commitment in denouncing racism, intolerance and exclusion.