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.

Chalkbeat: SCO’s Bronx Arena High School re-engages struggling students by ditching the traditional classroom

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Congrats 2016 SCO Grads!

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The past month was filled with graduations and moving up ceremonies throughout SCO as students received diplomas, awards and certificates in recognition of their amazing achievements!  Here are highlights from just a few of our programs:

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Madonna Heights Ladies Golf Classic 2016

Pages from Invitation FINAL OUTSIDEIt was a gorgeous day for golf as supporters hit the links for our 36th Annual Madonna Heights Ladies Golf Classic!

Thanks to our participants and sponsors for making it such a success and congratulations to this year’s Madonna Heights Spirit Award winner Vicki DeLaurentis! [Read more…]

Family Dynamics Art Auction Most Successful Ever!

Family Dynamics’ 6th Annual Benefit Art Auction & Reception Raises Record Funds for After School Arts Programs for Brooklyn Youth

More than 250 New York art enthusiasts contribute more than $146,000 to Brooklyn nonprofit

invite image onlyNEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2016) – More than 250 local art lovers gathered at 91 Horatio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for the 6th Annual Family Dynamics Benefit Art Auction & Reception to raise awareness and funds for Family Dynamics’ after school art programs. In its highest-grossing year to date, the event raised more than $146,000 for the nonprofit, which serves children and families in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Crown Heights and East New York neighborhoods.

The evening’s silent and live auctions featured artwork donated by 30 New York-based contemporary artists. Among the artists in attendance was Honorary Artist Chair, Vadis Turner, whose mixed media piece, entitled “Vessel and Smoke,” fetched the highest bid of the night. A fun and engaging paddle raise at the end of the live auction alone raised more than $10,000, which will go directly toward funding a year’s worth of art supplies and program materials. [Read more…]

Where the Possible Becomes Real: SCO Annual Report 2015

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ANNOUNCEMENT: NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

Si Se PsuedeThe 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 Women’s Foundation and the City Council, CFL will provide 6 months of training and technical assistance to selected “Planner” 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 Friday, May 6, 2016. Information Sessions will take place on April 8th and April 14th: To learn more and RSVP, please email Rachel Isreeli at risreeli@sco.org.

Free Income Tax Support & Preparation Services at CFL

TAX FLYER_Final_English_Center for Family Life_Page_1Center for Family Life has partnered with Food Bank for New York City to offer free income tax support and preparation through April 15th! Click here for more information.

Visit us for 100% FREE tax filing and financial support:

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SCO Family of Services Holds Second Annual Taft Academy Conference

An innovative and collective approach to staff and leadership development
Huldah Schutt, a Teacher Assistant at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, shares her group’s answers during a breakout session at the 2nd Annual SCO Taft Academy Conference.

Huldah Schutt, a Teacher Assistant at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, shares her group’s answers during a breakout session at the 2nd Annual SCO Taft Academy Conference.

The SCO Taft Academy is a unique professional development initiative for 700 staff from SCO Family of Services working with children and youth with special needs who attend SCO’s five residential schools located in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Bronx counties. Through an array of staff development opportunities, the SCO Taft Academy advances high quality care for children and youth with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges, helping them reach the greatest degree of self-sufficiency, family engagement and community integration possible. [Read more…]

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