Jim Dunphy’s story as told by Laura Cater:
The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has been a tremendous asset to the Town of Florence and the Dorothy Nolan Senior Center. This program has been an incredible help to the program’s current participant, Mr. Jim Dunphy.
Mr. Dunphy is a kind-hearted individual with many fascinating experiences to share with others at the center. But in addition to those qualities, he has attained worth and a boost in confidence thanks to SCSEP.
Prior to participating in this program, Mr. Dunphy appeared to spend his time in unproductive and aimless pursuits. Now, I have seen how the program has given him purpose, guidance and value.
Jim spends some of his earnings assisting the less fortunate in our community. He shares money, food, and his time with the homeless in our community. His unselfishness has benefitted others who are less fortunate.
I am proud to say that through NICOA SCSEP and Mr. Dunphy’s own determination, not only has he helped himself, but our senior center and the community as well.
He is the perfect example of how returning value into someone’s life, can benefit others. This would have not been possible without your support of the program.
Thank you for making our participation possible in NICOA SCSEP.
NICOA, through SCSEP, is part of a network of national organizations and state governments that offer a federally assisted job training program focused on the needs of low income older adults. SCSEP is authorized by the Older Americans Act Title V and administered through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. NICOA, which has been a grantee since 1989, is an agency serving American Indian elders with funds set aside specifically to serve that population. SCSEP fits well within NICOA’s overall mission to advocate for improved comprehensive health, social services, and economic well-being for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.
The goals of SCSEP are to transition participants into unsubsidized employment so that they can achieve economic self-sufficiency, and to promote useful opportunities in community service.
For more information on NICOA SCSEP visit https://nicoa.org/for-elders/economic-well-being/job-training-for-older-adults-scsep/