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Sept. 29, 2014: Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County Awarded Grant to Train, Employ Older Adults


Contact: Jennifer Ortega,; (925) 602-6819

Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County Awarded Grant to Train, Employ Older Adults

Pleasant Hill, Calif. (September 29, 2014) – The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDB) announced today that it has received a grant of $613,905 from Senior Service America, Inc. Almost 90 percent of this funding—originally from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)—will pay wages and benefits to at least 87 low-income older adults living in Contra Costa County to work in temporary, part-time jobs through June 30, 2015. These older adults will participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), established by the Older Americans Act more than 40 years ago. Administered by USDOL, SCSEP is the only federal government program mandated to assist unemployed older adults seeking to rejoin the workforce.

Since 2008, Senior Service America has awarded an annual grant to the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, one of its five local partner agencies operating SCSEP in California.

“The WDB has greatly enjoyed its partnership with Senior Service America over the past several years and we look forward to our continued work together with helping more low-income seniors in Contra Costa County realize better futures,” said Stephen Baiter, executive director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County.

While employed as SCSEP participants, the older workers are assigned to more than 30 local nonprofit and government agencies, including the Antioch Senior Center, Richmond Senior Center, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, Lao Family Community Development, Saffron Strand Inc, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California, Department of Rehabilitation, Concord Child Care Center, Michael Chavez Center for Economic Opportunity, Shelter, Inc, STAND For Families Free of Violence, West Contra Costa Family Justice Center, Literacy for Every Adult Program, SparkPoint Contra Costa, Salvation Army, and various Contra Costa County departments. The older workers also receive on-the-job training to enhance their opportunities in the local job market.  

“Far too many low-income older adults are among the long-term unemployed,” says Tony Sarmiento, executive director of Senior Service America. “This program provides them with skills and renewed hope as they serve their community. Older Californians in need are fortunate to be served by the dedicated staff of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County.”


About the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County
The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a 41-member, business-led body whose members are appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to shape and strengthen local and regional workforce development efforts. The WDB brings together leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, community-based organizations, and public agencies to align a variety of resources and organizations to enhance the competitiveness of the local workforce and support economic vitality in our region.

 About Senior Service America, Inc.

Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) is a national nonprofit organization that provides civic engagement and employment opportunities to low-income older adults. As one of 15 national SCSEP grantees of the U.S. Department of Labor, SSAI is based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and provides more than $40 million annually to a diverse network of 81 local partner organizations in 16 states. For more information, go to, call (301) 578-8826, or

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