"A Community Action Agency"

Serving Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac Pope, Pulaski, and Union Counties in Illinois

Direct Senior Services

In addition to RSVP, Shawnee Development Council, Inc. operates three other programs geared to seniors in Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski, and Union Counties .  These programs provide needed services for a large number of clients throughout the area. 

Community Care Program (CCP):  The Community Care program provides homemaker services such as light housekeeping, transportation to doctor and essential shopping, personal care, meal preparation, laundry, etc. to persons 60 years of age and over who need help in certain areas, but who are otherwise capable of staying in their own home. 

To find out how you may benefit from the program contact your local SDC office.  A referral will be made to the Shawnee Alliance for Seniors who will send an assessor to meet with you and determine your needs.  If determined eligible for services a trained homecare assistant will be assigned to you.  All homecare assistants receive regular training.

Senior Companion Program (SCP):  Persons who receive CCP services may also qualify for the Senior Companion Program.  If there is a determined need a senior companion is assigned to offer companionship to the senior or family respite.  All companions are age 60 or older and receive regular training. 

Persons interested in becoming a Senior Companion may complete an application at any SDC county office.  Companions must be income eligible,  have a valid driverís license, a car, and proof of auto insurance.  Senior companions will receive a stipend for all assigned hours volunteered as a companion through this program.

Title V Senior Community Service Employment ProgramThe Title V Program is an employment and training program designed to assist income eligible workers age 55 or older to re-enter the job market.  Participants receive on-the-job training and upgrading of marketable skills.  Work experience is provided through assignment to local not-for-profit organizations.  Enrollees can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week at their assigned host agency and will receive minimum wage for those hours.

Helpful Links:

US Department of Labor SCSEP          

Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers

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