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Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Expands Through Operation A.B.L.E.

Operation ABLE Press Release

Operation A.B.L.E. Expands Reach of Popular Employment Program For Seniors

Residents of NH and Most of Central and Eastern Mass Now Eligible

BOSTON, MA February 1, 2017 – Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based on Long Experience) today announced its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has been expanded to include New Hampshire and additional portions of Massachusetts.

“Workers 55 or older and out of work often find they need help getting up to speed on the latest job search techniques, sprucing up their office skills while earning an income,” said Joan Cirillo, President and CEO of Operation A.B.L.E. “The Federal SCSEP recognizes that older workers tend to be unemployed longer than average and need training opportunities to become competitive in the marketplace.”

The program helps unemployed job seekers, who meet certain income and age requirements, work towards permanent employment by providing training and work experience with local non-profits and government agencies. Participants receive training and job seeking advice while earning income by working up to 20 hours per week in an environment that helps improve existing skills. SCSEP is funded through a grant from the Federal Department of Labor.

“SCSEP has been a very popular program here at ABLE. For more than a decade we have helped thousands of older workers find employment in the Greater Boston and Worcester area,” Cirillo said. “Now the Federal Department of Labor has expanded our responsibility to include all of the State of New Hampshire and Massachusetts counties of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk.”

As of February 1, 2017, residents of New Hampshire can apply to become a SCSEP participant by contacting ABLE’s satellite offices in Manchester located at 228 Maple Street or calling 603-206-4400 and in Berlin the location is 961 Main Street, or by phone, 603-752-2600.

“The goal at ABLE is for our participants to move into employment within a year, with freshly updated job skills and the confidence to become valued assets for their employers,” Cirillo added.

Operation A.B.L.E. holds a free SCSEP information session in Boston every Friday at 10 a.m. for those seeking more information about the program. Massachusetts residents should call 617-542-4180 to make a reservation and for the nearest SCSEP location. Details of the program are also available at www.operationable.com.

About Operation A.B.L.E.
Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston has been the only organization in Massachusetts whose sole mission has been to provide comprehensive training and employment services for job seekers 45 years of age and older. Since it began, more than 35,000 individuals have been assisted by Operation A.B.L.E., which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.

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Contact:
Rick Ellis
Operation A.B.L.E.
Communications Coordinator
617-541-4180 X 131
REllis@operationable.net
www.operationable.net

Operation A.B.L.E. Names Lydia Greene New Board Chair

Operation ABLE Press Release

Lydia Greene, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer with Tufts Health Plan New Board Chair

BOSTON, MA December 14, 2016 – Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based On Long Experience), has announced that Lydia Greene, Tufts Health Plan Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer is the organization’s new Board of Directors Chair, succeeding Ann S. Anderson, who retired as Board Chair after six years of service. Ms. Greene had been serving as Vice Chair of the A.B.L.E. Board of Directors since 2013. Lydia Greene Tufts Health Plan Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Operation A.B.L.E. is the only organization in Massachusetts whose sole mission is to get job seekers 45 and older back to work. Since it began in 1982, A.B.L.E. has assisted more than 35-thousand individuals in their quest for work.

As she moved to the new position, Ms. Greene said, “The Operation A.B.L.E. mission of providing employment and training opportunities to job seekers 45 and older from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds is something I care deeply about. The A.B.L.E. program has helped countless individuals over the years find and keep employment, while also helping Massachusetts employers by providing well-qualified candidates to meet their employment needs. I am proud to be affiliated with this organization as they have a real and lasting impact and am excited to serve as its Board Chair.”

Joan Cirillo, President & CEO of Operation A.B.L.E. noted, “We are thrilled to have Lydia as our new Board Chair! She is a great strategic thinker, but also very pragmatic. It’s a terrific combination of skills for any non-profit and we’re so glad to have her at Operation A.B.L.E.”

As Board Chair, Lydia Greene brings a wide-ranging set of skills and community involvement to her position. At Tufts Health Plan, she is responsible for human resources, including compensation and benefits, diversity initiatives, wellness, talent acquisition and organizational development. She also oversees internal communications, corporate reputation management, brand communications, media relations, external communications and company real estate and facilities.

Ms. Greene was previously vice president of human resources and diversity at Tufts Health Plan, where she oversaw all HR programs and practices. Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan in 2004, she held senior level human resources management positions with Progress Software, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire, Lockheed Sanders and Emerson Hospital.

In addition to now serving as Board Chair of Operation A.B.L.E. she is co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Boston Y Achievers program and co-chair of the Jobs Committee as part of Perkins School for the Blind’s Perkins-Business Partnership.

Lydia Greene received her B.S. degree in management in 1983 from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

About Operation A.B.L.E.
Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston has been the only organization in Massachusetts whose sole mission has been to provide comprehensive training and employment services for job seekers 45 years of age and older. Since it began, more than 35,000 individuals have been assisted by Operation A.B.L.E., which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.

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Contact:
Operation A.B.L.E.
617-541-4180
www.operationable.net

Operation A.B.L.E. Receives Major Federal Expansion Grant

Operation ABLE Press Release

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Operation A.B.L.E. Expansion Grant

BOSTON, MA November 21, 2016 – Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based on Long Experience) of Greater Boston, has been awarded a major grant by the U.S. Department of Labor, which will allow it to expand its existing Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), into Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts, and to all of New Hampshire.

The SCSEP program is designed to offer on-the- job training and employment services for low income individuals who are at least 55 years old. This expansion will serve another 650 low income individuals and help them get back to work. Participants will receive paid on-the-job training in their own community for up to 20 hours a week, and get help searching for a job and new work experience to add to their resume.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, when making the announcement, said, “These funds support our goal of helping every American who wants to find a job that leads to better economic stability.”

Tee Provost, A.B.L.E.’s SCSEP Director, noted that A.B.L.E. “is uniquely positioned to be the best resource to manage the further expansion of the SCSEP program, and that means we can do more for more people.”

Mark Gyurina, Chief Program Officer, for Operation A.B.L.E. pointed out that “with this new grant, we can expand our service area and use A.B.L.E.’s experience and expertise to serve even more of the region’s mature workers.”

The President & CEO of Operation A.B.L.E., Joan Cirillo, who spearheaded the process through which the agency received the grant, commented, “Since 1982, we have been the only organization in the state whose sole mission has been to get mature job seekers back to work. During our 34 year history, we have assisted more than 34,000 individuals, and this grant will allow us to further extend A.B.L.E.’s impact. It is perfect for our portfolio of older worker products. We are so delighted to receive this award.”

About Operation A.B.L.E.
Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston has been the only organization in Massachusetts whose sole mission has been to provide comprehensive training and employment services for job seekers 45 years of age and older. Since it began, more than 35,000 individuals have been assisted by Operation A.B.L.E., which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.

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Contact:
Operation A.B.L.E.
617-541-4180
www.operationable.net