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Caritas Family Solutions to recognize Older Americans Month

olderamericansmonthlogoIn recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Senior Community Service Employment Program at Caritas Family Solutions will recognize more than 70 participants at a gathering Wednesday, May 15, at the Bellevue Memorial Park at 401 Bellevue Park Drive, beginning at 10 a.m.

Christine Garland, national director of the employment program at Senior Service America Inc. will be a guest speaker. Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert will address the group and read a proclamation. There will be music, refreshments and a balloon release as well as several resources for seniors and an opportunity to learn about the program.

Caritas Family Solutions, in partnership with Senior Service America, offers employment-training through the program for those age 55 and older. It is the only federal program targeted to help older workers and provides experience and training that leads to permanent employment. To date, Senior Service America has placed 12,610 older workers into permanent employment.

Workers 55 and over are projected to make up 25 percent of the civilian labor force by the year 2020. This happens as the number of younger workers in America is set to decrease within a few years. Older workers are a mature, skilled group of talent, and research shows a multi-generational workforce makes better business decisions together.

The theme for Older Americans Month 2019 is “Connect, Create, Contribute,” recognizing that older adults play a key role in the vitality of neighborhoods, networks, and lives.

Founded in 1947, Caritas Family Solutions is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide direct services that meet the social and emotional needs of people of all ages. Services include adoption, pregnancy care, foster care, counseling, residential treatment for abused and neglected children, multisystemic therapy for at-risk youth, independent living for adults with developmental disabilities, and assisted living and employment assistance for low-income seniors.

Caritas serves more than 4,500 individuals annually across Southern Illinois from offices located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, East Alton, and Effingham. For additional information, visit

Senior Service America Inc. is committed to making it possible for low-income and other disadvantaged older adults to participate fully in determining their own future and the future of their communities. For 50 years, the organization has operated the federal Senior Community Service Employment Program through a network of local subgrantee organizations. For more information, please visit

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