Our seeds were planted in response to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. Carefully cultivated by the National Farmers Union, our national nonprofit organization sprouted in 1965 as Green Thumb. This innovative pilot program focused on putting poor, displaced farmers back to work – utilizing their skills to answer Lady Bird Johnson’s call to beautify America. In return, farmers earned a much-needed income, helping them support their families and stay out of the poor farm. Green Thumb, along with National Farmers Union helped lead a social change, creating the model for what’s known today as the Senior Community Service Employment Program or SCSEP. The SCSEP is Experience Works’ legacy and continues to help struggling older adults overcome barriers to achieve an improved quality of life through training and employment –especially important for individuals who are most-in-need with no other options for help such as those with disabilities, and those living in remote or rural areas.