Archives for October 2016

A Fresh Start – Angela’s Story

Angela had been struggling with substance abuse for some time when she lost custody of her 2-1/2-year-old daughter. Determined to do whatever it took to get her back, Angela checked into a rehab center where she learned of SCO’s Morning Star program. Morning Star offers residential care and transitional services for women in recovery from substance abuse, as well as recovering mothers with young children, in need of a structured, sober environment.

In May 2016 Angela came to Morning Star where she was reunited with her daughter. “When I got her back, I cried from happiness,” she said.

Angela is doing well in her recovery process. And Morning Star’s trained parenting professionals are helping Angela with parenting skills to strengthen the bond with her daughter – making her little one feel safe, secure and loved. “At Morning Star, I’ve learned how to be a mom.”

When she leaves Morning Star, Angela plans to become a peer specialist so she can help others in need.

“I have a life now. I’m clean. I’m happy. My daughter is happy and doing great in Pre-K.”

“If it wasn’t for this place, I wouldn’t have my daughter back. I don’t know where I’d be.”

Youngsters in our Early Childhood Education Centers read “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” as part of the “Read for the Record” campaign to promote early childhood literacy.

Family Dynamics Goes to Ellis Island

Our friends at Garden of Dreams and the New York Rangers treated the children from SCO Family Dynamics’ after school program at MS 35 to a fun and educational trip to Ellis Island. The kids boarded the ferry and were transported back in time to 1920, where each was given the identity of an immigrant arriving at Ellis Island. The hands-on history lesson was led by the incredible Park Rangers as well as our own NY Rangers: Chris Kreider and Oscar Lindberg along with alumni Dave Maloney and Tom Laidlaw.   The amazing trip was part of the Garden of Dreams’ ‘Show Kids New York’ program.

Many thanks to the Garden of Dreams, the staff at Ellis Island, and the New York Rangers for hosting this fantastic experience for our children.

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NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

golden-steps-co-opThe Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past ten years. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages and dignified employment through their cooperative businesses. Since 2012, CDP has been helping other community-based organizations develop worker cooperatives through our NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative. With the generous support of the New York City Council, CFL will provide at least 6 months of training and technical assistance to selected “Implementer” organizations to incubate worker cooperatives in their communities.

If you would like to learn more about this Initiative, please take a look at our Request for Proposal. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 21, 2016. Information Sessions will take place on October 21st and October 31st: To learn more and RSVP, please email Rachel Isreeli at risreeli@sco.org.

“Dads Take Your Child to School Day” was a big hit with fathers at our Early Childhood Education Centers.

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