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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas


Meet Melvia

Workforce Challenge

Melvia had been unemployed for over a year. She felt her lack of education, advanced age and declined health was keeping her from obtaining gainful employment. In addition to caring for herself, she was also the guardian of a young grandchild. Melvia was desperate and living off the help from friends and family.

Workforce Solution

Melvia was enrolled into the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). She was immediately assigned to perform 20 hours per week of community service for which she was paid the federal minimum wage. Melvia was given training assignments that would not negatively affect her existing health conditions. She was also connected to Senior Job Club where she obtained much needed networking and support. Melvia's final position was with Episcopal Social Services assisting in preparing meals for homeless clients.

Outcomes & Benefits

The paid training Melvia received from SCSEP while at Episcopal Social Services enabled her to demonstrate her hard work ethic at the same time enhancing and updating her job skills. She was hired as a part time Assistant Kitchen Manager (she only desired to work 25 hours/week)at $9.00/hour.


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