Archives for May 2014

Center for Family Life honored with City Council Proclamation

Council Member Carlos Menchaca stands with SCO’s Julia Jean-Francois and Vanessa Bransburg as Center for Family Life is honored by the New York City Council.

The New York City Council honored Center for Family Life on May 29, 2014 with a proclamation recognizing CFL for its outstanding work supporting worker cooperatives in New York City. Vanessa Bransburg, Director of Cooperative Development and Julia Jean-Francois, Co-Director of Center for Family Life represented CFL in a ceremony recognizing nonprofit organizations that are leading NYC’s cooperative business development movement. [Read more…]

National Foster Parent Appreciation Month: SCO Foster Parent Bernice’s Story

Bernice Bolden“My purpose is to help guide these girls to become productive citizens. I introduce them as my Godchildren because God gave me this purpose,” says SCO Foster Parent Bernice Bolden.

Bernice has opened her home to foster children for over 20 years. She fosters teenage girls because she knows what a young girl goes through, having lost her own mother at age nine. Five girls currently live with Bernice, or “Momma B.” as they call her, and she brings love, stability and a sense of family for all in her care. She also works with SCO to train new foster parents – teaching them how to deal with different age groups, different situations and teaming with birth parents to raise a child. [Read more…]

Families at our Bushwick shelter received professional portraits, thanks to “I aM a KiD tHat GiVES” and photog Fernando Riviera.

SCO Family of Services/Madonna Heights 34th Annual Ladies Golf Classic & Dinner

 Update: View photos from the event here

Madonna Heights Ladies Golf Classic  2013Rescheduled: Monday, August 11, 2014

10:30 a.m. – Brunch

Noon – Shotgun Tee Off

5:30 p.m. – Reception & Dinner

The Huntington Crescent Club

15 Washington Dr, Huntington, NY 11743

Honoring “Spirit Award” Recipient Kathy Sullivan

Tickets: Contact Laura Lopilato at 631.643.8800 ext: 291 or llopilato@sco.org [Read more…]

SCO Honors longtime volunteers Laura Gay & Jean Simensky

Longtime volunteers Laura Gay and Jean Simensky of Locust Valley, Long Island were honored at SCO Family of Services’ annual Fashion Show at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, LI on May 7, 2014. [Read more…]

SCO Family of Services awards 2014 Pat Brown Scholarship to Lataysha Moore

In her last year of high school, Bushwick senior Lataysha Moore excelled, despite having to cope with a lot more than the usual hurdles involved in graduating and getting into college. In recognition of her achievements, Lataysha was awarded the Pat Brown Scholarship at SCO’s Fashion Show benefit on May 7th. The annual scholarship is given to a young person in an SCO program who has overcome obstacles to achieve academic success. [Read more…]

CFL’s “Life Lines” Community Arts Project presents DREAMS

CFL Life Lines 'Dreams' flyer“Life Lines” Community Arts Project was proud to present this year’s original production, “DREAMS” during the week of May 12 – May 16, 2014, with six performances at Sunset Park High School. Our cast of 150+ participants includes students from Sunset Park High School, MS 821, MS 136, as well as from other Brooklyn middle and high schools. “DREAMS” provides a glimpse into the lives of 16 teenagers and parents as they follow their hearts and explore their innermost hopes, despite the obstacles standing in their way. [Read more…]

25th Annual SCO Fashion Show Draws Nearly 400 Supporters

SCO Fashion Show Lataysha Moore

2014 Pat Brown Scholarship Award winner Lataysha Moore accepting the award at SCO Family of Services’ Fashion Show.

SCO’s 25th Annual SCO Fashion Show benefit drew nearly 400 supporters at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove on May 7.  SCO used the opportunity to honor Lataysha Moore, an intrepid Brooklyn high school senior living in a homeless shelter, and longtime volunteers Laura Gay and Jean Simensky. The benefit raised funds to help SCO provide life-changing results for more than 60,000 people each year at over 110 locations throughout New York City and Long Island. [Read more…]

Center for Family Life “Making it in Brooklyn” Gala a Great Success

DSC_0547reSCO/Center for Family Life’s 2014 Gala Fundraiser & Cocktail Party was a great success! The smell of chocolate led supporters through the Brooklyn Army Terminal and into the magnificent Jacques Torres Chocolate Factory, where we celebrated the spirit of entrepreneurship, leadership and community development.

We honored five individuals with our “Celebrating Community” Award: Cooperatives United for Sunset Park (represented by Sara Castillo, Elvira Rojas, Yuri Sanchez, and Monica Valerio) and Jacques Torres, individuals whose success as immigrant entrepreneurs has lead our neighborhood’s economic revival and inspired its residents to believe that they, too, can “make it in Sunset Park.”
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BK Live Features SCO Program Directors: Julia Jean-Francois and Rick Gallwey

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