SCO Family of Services Expands Programs for Children and Families in Brownsville

August 31, 2017, Brooklyn, NY – SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of social services, announced the creation and expansion of a variety of programs and services to help children and families living in Brownsville, Brooklyn. SCO has partnered with community organizations, government agencies, and private foundations to launch new early childhood programs, parenting support programs, and community-wide initiatives to improve outcomes and help the community’s children and families thrive.

The focus on Brownsville is part of SCO’s strategic plan of deepening its roots in targeted communities – ensuring access to the full mix of its programs and services while building provider networks to meet the diverse needs of the community.

“We are proud of the important work we are doing in Brownsville and our ongoing commitment to the children, parents, and families in this community,” said Douglas O’Dell, Executive Director of SCO Family of Services. “With the support of our community and government partners, we are bringing resources and opportunity where it is most needed.”

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Madonna Heights School Class of 2017 Celebrates Graduation!

NY Assembly Member Chad Lupinacci, Keynote Speaker at the Madonna Heights School Graduation.

August 23, 2017 – Dix Hills, NY – Our Madonna Heights School celebrated the graduation of nine young women at an emotional ceremony held on our Dix Hills campus August 18. Graduates shared their stories of struggle, hope, perseverance and triumph as they overcame obstacles and self-doubt to achieve the momentous goal of earning their diplomas. They thanked staff for always believing in them no matter what each day might bring, and for giving them the courage to believe in themselves.

“Resilience is that indefinable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes,” said Madonna Heights School Principal Carmen during her remarks. “That is the best way to describe our students, and more specifically, our graduates. Every one of them is a story of resilience.”

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SCO Family of Services Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Develop Integrated Health and Wellness Center for Women in Suffolk County

SCO among 13 Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program Awards on Long Island

August 1, 2017 – Dix Hills, NY – SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of social services, health care and mental health services to vulnerable populations, announced it has been awarded $933,000 to develop an integrated Women’s Health and Wellness Center at SCO’s Madonna Heights campus in Dix Hills, Long Island, as part of New York’s Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program (SHCFTP).  The capital grant enables SCO to expand and enhance its current mental health and substance abuse services, with the addition of a new primary medical care clinic to provide a fully integrated care environment for women and children.  SCO’s award is one of only 13 projects funded on Long Island.

“We are excited to bring much-needed integrated health services onto our Madonna Heights campus to better serve our community and expand access to care for women and children,” said Douglas O’Dell, Executive Director of SCO Family of Services. “This transformative initiative is designed to improve both patient care and the patient experience through a holistic, person-centered approach to a comprehensive medical, mental health, and substance abuse services.

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SCO/Family Dynamics Beacon Center Wins NYC Council Award for Gymnasium Refurbishment

July 24, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY – Thanks to funding from the New York City Council, the gymnasium at our MS 35 Family Dynamics Beacon Center will be completely refurbished. The award was part of the Participatory Budgeting process that engages the community in deciding how to spend a portion of the public budget. Led by Beacon Director Tony Melendez and 14 middle school Beacon participants, this collaborative effort engaged youth from the Beacon Youth Advisory Council in the voting process. Youth were assigned to help at voting sites throughout the district and help spread the word about the importance of community input. They received poll site training and a small stipend each time they helped out at a poll site.

SCO Family of Services to Host “Brownsville Reads” Literacy Project

July 19, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY – SCO Family of Services welcomes families to participate in our Brownsville Reads Literacy Project at the Greg Jackson Center for Brownsville in Brownsville July 20 – August 31. Parent-child sessions will be held every Thursday from 1-2pm (ages 2 months – 4 years) and 2:30-3:30pm (ages 5-10 years).

Each week, children will be introduced to a new book based on the program’s theme: “Wonderful Me!” Additional activities will include songs, crafts, reading logs and prizes. Families will have the opportunity to fill out raffle tickets for each book read with a chance of winning new books and other prizes at the completion of the workshop.

“Our goal is to promote family involvement in literacy by inspiring parents to read to their children,” said Cathy Joseph, SCO Family of Services Brownsville Community Coordinator.

Other community organizations will be on hand to provide information about a variety of services and programs available to families in Brownsville.

Partner agencies for Brownsville Reads include Brownsville Partnership, New York Psychotherapy & Counseling Center, Caribbean Women Health Association, Brooklyn Public Library-Glenmore Avenue Branch and Community Coalition of East New York.

For more information, call 917-504-6653.

Congratulations, Graduates!

June 30, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – Graduations, Award Ceremonies, End-of-Year Performances…there was much to celebrate at SCO as the school year came to a close! Here are a few highlights:

Dreams became reality for the graduates of our three transfer high schools for over age, under-credited students: Bronx Arena High School, East Brooklyn Community High School and North Queens Community High School. The Class of 2017 received their Regents diplomas after overcoming obstacles and at times, self-doubt – persevering through hard work and determination.

Our Westbrook Preparatory School for teens with high functioning Autism celebrated the graduation of three youth who have become role models for their peers.

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Madonna Heights 37th Annual Golf Classic Raises Vital Funds for Women and Families

June 29, 2017 – Dix Hills, NY  – Friends of SCO Family of Services’ Madonna Heights programs teed up June 19th for the 37th Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic in Syosset, Long Island. The event, held at the Woodside Club, raised funds to support the vital work of Madonna Heights to teach, strengthen and empower young and adult women to heal from trauma.

Jessica Sweeney of Northport received the Madonna Heights Spirit Award for her outstanding commitment to the women and children served by SCO Madonna Heights. Jessica has been very active in the Northport community, at her children’s schools, and has been involved with Madonna Heights since she was a young girl. Jessica has served as the Madonna Heights Ladies Auxiliary Publicity Officer, Vice President, and has held several terms as President. The Spirit Award honors “Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things” and celebrates women who have made a profound impact in the lives of their families and community.

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Congratulations to SCO’s 2017 Employee Recognition Winners!

June 1, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – Congratulations to Rosemarie Bellock, Alison Critelli, Vonnetta Browne and Nydia Sutherland, winners of SCO’s Employee Recognition Program. SCO is committed to making this a great place to work. Part of meeting that goal is having a workforce that embodies our Employee Values. Each year, four employees are selected and rewarded for their effort in embracing our values and for helping make SCO a great place to work. This year’s winners each received a $1,000 cash gift and were honored at our Staff Recognition Dinner on May 4th.

Rosemarie Bellock
Technical Support Specialist
Business Operations

Rosemarie, or Roe, as she is known to her co-workers has worked at SCO Family of Services for the past 40 years! Roe is devoted to her work – always demonstrating great effort in performance of her tasks. She always shows great initiative to get the job done properly, while maintaining impeccable records. Her work effort is exceptional, always performing her tasks to the best of her ability in every instance, with professionalism and a smile! Roe’s years of consistent, dedicated service to the agency is worth recognition! Congratulations Roe!

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SCO Family of Services Raises Over $300,000 at 2017 Annual Benefit

May 25, 2016 – Glen Cove, NY  – SCO Family of Services, the Glen Cove-based human services nonprofit, raised over $300,000 at the 2017 SCO Annual Benefit on May 11th at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Funds raised at the annual event help SCO Family of Services provide life-changing results for more than 55,000 children, teens, families and adults each year, across Long Island and New York City.

The SCO Shepherd’s Award was presented to James Vassalotti of Westchester, a Partner at Vassalotti Associates Architects, LLP in Roslyn Heights. As an architect, Mr. Vassalotti had a vision to improve the quality of life for individuals with special needs through innovative design. A longtime supporter of SCO, Mr. Vassalotti has designed, renovated, and left his mark on 50 SCO facilities and residences, helping thousands of people achieve or regain greater independence.

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SCO Family of Services Holds Inaugural Brownsville Youth Resource Fair

May 19, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY – SCO Family of Services hosted its first-ever Youth Resource Fair at the Greg Jackson Center for Brownsville in Brownsville April 29. The fair connected families to a variety of services available to youth of all ages in Brownsville.

Entertainment included a performance by Ms. K’s Dance Academy and raffles that were held throughout the day.

“Our goal is to show families the wonderful programs and services for youth that are available to them here in Brownsville and to build partnerships among community organizations,” said Cathy Joseph, SCO Family of Services Brownsville Community Coordinator.

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