Women’s Health & Wellness Center

Demetrios Yatrakis Appointed to SCO Board of Directors

May 17, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of essential human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island, is pleased to announce the appointment of Demetrios Yatrakis to its Board of Directors. Mr. Yatrakis will assume his position on the Board immediately.

“On behalf of the entire Board, I am delighted to welcome Demetrios to the SCO family,” remarked Kelly Williams, SCO Board Chair. “Demetrios’ business expertise, deep commitment to community, and enthusiasm will help us advance our mission of helping New Yorkers build a stronger foundation for the future.”

“We are honored to have Demetrios join our dedicated Board of Directors and look forward to working together to further our commitment to achieving life-changing results for the children, youth, families and adults we serve,” added Douglas O’Dell, SCO Executive Director.

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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.

Early Education Stretches into Summer

©Marisol_Diaz_2016_ Morris_Koppelman_mg_9914Three- and four-year-olds at our Jerome Hardeman Early Childhood Education Center have been learning, reading and playing together all summer long, thanks to the generosity of the Sirus Fund, whose financial backing made our full-day Summer Extension Program a reality.

And after saying their ABC’s, our young learners are saying, “Om,” stretching their bodies and minds with child-friendly yoga classes offered at SCO’s Early Childhood Centers in Brownsville, thanks to the Sirus Fund. [Read more…]

Racing to Success: Our Beacon Center’s New STEM Racing Club

Using slot car racing as a fun, hands-on learning tool, our Family Dynamics Beacon Center‘s new STEM Racing Club gives middle school students at MS 35 in Bed-Stuy an accelerated course in science, technology, engineering and math.

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SCO Family of Services Welcomes Heath Bloch as Chief Operating Officer

Heath Bloch headshot(August 3, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY) SCO Family of Services, a provider of human services for more than 100 years, announced that social services nonprofit leader Heath Bloch, LCSW will join SCO’s Executive Cabinet in the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

“We are impressed by Heath’s demonstrated executive leadership, strategic planning and execution, and operational management abilities, as well as his clear commitment to SCO’s mission, and look forward to having him join SCO’s leadership team,” said SCO Executive Director Douglas O’Dell.

As COO, Mr. Bloch will oversee the leadership managing the operations of the eight agency program divisions and partner with his colleagues on SCO’s Cabinet – the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Strategy Officer – to oversee and manage all of the agency’s administrative operations and systems. [Read more…]

Madonna Heights’ Morning Star Program Helps Address Growing Need on Long Island

lupinnaci cropLong Island currently faces a worsening addiction crisis, as heroin use and prescription pill abuse surge to epidemic levels. The growing number of women in Suffolk and Nassau counties struggling with substance abuse/addiction make treatment programs more critically important than ever – particularly those tailored to the unique concerns of women in recovery, such as pregnancy, parenting, poverty and trauma history. Madonna Heights is proud to offer one such recovery program: Our Morning Star program offers residential care and transitional services for women in recovery from substance abuse, as well as recovering mothers with children, in need of a structured, sober environment.

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci recently met with staff and residents of our Morning Star II residence (pictured), which serves women in recovery and their children, to discuss how recovery programs like Morning Star are critical to addressing the rising levels of opioid addiction in Suffolk County. Two residents shared their personal stories with AM Lupinacci, including a young mother in recovery named Christine, who courageously shared her story with News 12 Long Island recently in the hopes that it might encourage other young women in similar positions to seek the help they need.

SCO Expands Juvenile Justice Programs

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SCO has recently opened the Young Adult Workforce Program for young men and women, ages 18-21 who are currently incarcerated at Rikers Island. Run in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Correction and with funding from the NYC Dept. of Education, the goal is to work with the young people both pre- and post-release to connect them with family, work, education and other resources to ensure their success upon reentry into the community.

SCO has also been awarded the Juvenile Justice Initiative contracts for Brooklyn and Queens. Three JJI teams (2 in Brooklyn, 1 in Queens) will be working with court-involved youth by providing in-home family therapy with the goal of keeping them in school, at home and arrest-free.

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