Archives for August 2014

CFL’s “Life Lines” Visual Arts Troupe “Capturing Memories” in New Mural

Standing (L-R): CFL Visual Arts Specialist Jack Rivas; participants Leeandrew Huertas, Stephanie Yu, David Sanchez and Freddy Villanueva. Kneeling (L-R): Participants Adrianna Hung Qin and Jai Wen Mei; staff member James Filsaime. Not pictured participants: Antonio Toro and Darwin Tapia.

Center for Family Life’s “Life Lines” Visual Arts Troupe had the opportunity to present a piece of artwork at the Dedalus Foundation Gallery in Sunset Park’s Industry City on August 14th. High school students worked collaboratively to research ideas, draft images and ultimately create the 8′ x 4′ canvas mural, which depicts a family looking out over Sunset from the vantage point of the park. The mural, titled “Capturing Memories,” depicts students, their families and images along the horizon, representing the Sunset Park community.

“The park symbolizes family, togetherness and memories,” said Stephanie Yu, one of the students. “Sunset Park is a tight-knit community and the mural was created to represent that closeness.” [Read more…]


x peace cropIt was Field Day in Jamaica, Queens yesterday for the residents and staff of our homes for adults with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn and Queens. Tug-of-war, relay races, water fights and even few pies in a few faces made for a fun, festive atmosphere on a picture-perfect day.

“We wanted to get everyone together out in the community to enjoy themselves outside of their normal routines,” said Program Manager Michael Spivey, who helped organize this first ever event. “This is like our extended SCO family.” [Read more…]

SCO Employee and Self-Advocate Shawn Nitz Honors NYS Assemblymember Harvey Weisenberg

Shawn Nitz and Harvey Weisenberg 2The Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS and NYSARC hosted an event August 12, 2014 in Melville, NY, honoring NYS Assemblymember Harvey Weisenberg for his years of advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. 

Shawn Nitz – who is both an SCO employee and an individual who receives services from SCO, as well as a strong self-advocate – made the first presentation on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.   “Shawn did an outstanding job and presented like a pro!” said Susan Moran, Assistant Executive Director of Program Services for SCO.

Here is his statement: [Read more…]

SCO’s Center for Family Life Celebrates a Summer of Service

5 DYCD Summer of Service 14On August 7, the 64th Street Community Garden welcomed elementary school students from PS 503 and 506 to celebrate the conclusion of Center for Family Life’s 2014 DYCD Summer of Service program. For the past four years, the Summer of Service program has engaged youth and parents by creating opportunities for family members to get involved by harvesting crops and participating in learning activities that promote healthy nutrition and support a vibrant outdoor life. [Read more…]

Madonna Heights Ladies Golf & Dinner Classic A Big Success!

More than 100 supporters hit the greens this week for the 34th Annual Madonna Heights Ladies Golf & Dinner Classic at Huntington Crescent Country Club. The event, which honored Kathy Sullivan, former Director of Development at Madonna Heights, raises funds to support our Madonna Heights programs for teens, women, children and families.

It was a picture perfect day for golf – more than making up for the original June date which was rained out. Following the golf, attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour featuring raffles and tournament prizes.  Hats off to the Madonna Heights Ladies Golf Committee for a wonderful event!

See photos from the event below (click to enlarge).

SCO’s Rosemary Stein talks “Kids Tools For School” Drive on K-98.3 Long Island

Radio Station PhotoSCO’s Rosemary Stein visited the Island Outlook radio show on K-98.3 Long Island to discuss Astoria Bank’s “Kids Tools For School” Drive. On the August 10, 2014 segment, host Leeana Karlson spoke with Stein, Barbara Glasser of Astoria Bank and Bill Entwistle of Village Office Supply about the 15th Annual drive that collects and distributes school supplies to children in need.

Stein says of SCO’s role in the school supply drive: “We match up where the need is to the wonderful generosity of Long Islanders, so we make sure that these supplies go to those most in need.”

Listen to the whole segment below to hear how SCO and our partners ensure Long Island’s children in need are ready for school, and to learn how you can help.



If audio player above does not load, you can listen here: Island Outlook – K-98.3 Long Island

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Madonna Heights Welcomes New Principal Carmen Pinto

Carmen PintoAs Carmen Pinto drove home from her first day as principal of SCO’s Madonna Heights School in early July, she was struck by a strong feeling that taking this new position was the best possible decision she could have made. The feeling stayed with her throughout her daily commute to and from the Madonna Heights campus every day during her first week, cementing her belief that she had really found her perfect job. [Read more…]

SCO was happy to host Assemblyman David Weprin for a visit to our Ottilie campus in Queens!

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