The State Department of Health and Senior Services is putting the spotlight on a program aimed at helping older Missourians find jobs. It’s the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, which is run in Missouri by the State Department of Health and Senior Services. The Health Department’s Charisse Pappas says the Program targets low-income people who are 55 or older by getting them back into the workforce through training assignments at non-profit companies. During the training period, which can last up to five years, the participant is paid minimum wage. Older workers who enter the Program must have income no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level for a single person is $9,800 – for two people it is $13,200.
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