Senior Employment Services

The Senior Community Service Employment Program assists persons who are fifty-five years of age or older and economically disadvantaged with training and supervision while they seek other employment.


Persons, fifty-five years of age or older, who are within 125% of the poverty level guidelines qualify to be enrolled onto the program.


  1. To serve persons who are fifty-five years of age and older and most in need.
  2. To upgrade skills or train new skills at a host agency site serving the community in which they reside.
  3. To help each individual develop a plan that will help them become more employable.

Explanation of Services

The program is authorized to enroll 40 individuals in five of the East Tennessee Counties. The individuals are placed in nonprofit host agencies for training and supervision. They receive $7.25 per hour and are allowed 20 hours each week or 40 hours in a two-week pay-period. The enrollees obtain counseling when needed and encouragement to build self-esteem and to become more self-efficient.

Number of Persons Served

The program usually serves between 50 and 60 individual each year.

Source of Funding

The program is federally funded through the Tennessee Department of Labor and Senior Services of America.

Counties Served

Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott, and Union.

For More Information in these Counties Please Contact: Kelly Cox at (865) 590-1052  or by E-mail at


Anderson, Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, and Sevier.

For More Information in these Counties Please Contact:  Arlita Brisbin at (865) 691-2551 (x4347) or by E-mail at