It had been quite a while since I’d been in the workforce. I was frustrated and felt like my age was working against me. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) updated my skills and gave me volunteer work experience that helped me to land a job I love.
Lena Deveraux couldn’t be happier with her new job working in the gift shop at Benefis Orthopedic Center in Great Falls, Montana. Assisting customers, running the cash register, and occasionally putting her cooking skills to work in the snack bar is the perfect fit for her interests and skills. Plus, it offers just the right schedule for the busy grandmother who is singlehandedly raising her grandson Devin. (She adopted him)
Over the years, Deveraux – a member of the Blackfeet Nation – had worked several jobs before settling into providing home care for a friend. When that changed, she wasn’t sure what to do. “It had been quite a while since I’d been in the workforce,” she says. “I was frustrated and felt like my age was working against me,” she says.
All that changed with the help of The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). After updating jobs skills and gaining work experience through several different community service assignments she was transferred to the orthopedic center. She felt right at home helping-out in the kitchen, but she admits she was a bit nervous about working in the gift shop learning how to use the cash register. With patience and persistence, she succeeded!
The experience proved to Deveraux that she was capable of learning new skills –her confidence was at an all-time high and she was soon hired! When she was unable to find care for Devin on Saturdays, her boss kindly created a “Junior Volunteer” position for him so he could report to work with his grandmother. Throughout the week he spends time in childcare, but always looks forward to his new “job”. Sporting his own special badge, he eagerly performs a variety of housekeeping duties around the gift shop. Talk about win-win!