SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School Students Ready2Learn as They Welcome NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano

montesano-studentExcited to begin the new school year, students and staff at SCO Family of Services’ Westbrook Preparatory School proudly hosted a recent visit by New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano. September 16th was designated as Ready2Learn Day, a statewide day of outreach for special education schools like Westbrook.

Located in Westbury, Westbrook Preparatory School is the first residential New York State Regents junior/senior high school for students with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism and related conditions. Westbrook provides a supportive, therapeutic environment that allows each student to develop the daily living skills and emotional strength to successfully manage life’s complex demands.

Following a tour of the school, Assemblyman Montesano listened to the personal experiences of students and parents and learned how their lives have been positively impacted by coming to Westbrook.

SCO Raises $446,000 at Annual Golf Open Honoring Thomas Fanning, Dennis Hackett, and Craig Treiber

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(September 22, 2016 – Glen Cove, NY) More than 170 golfers teed off on September 12 for the SCO Treiber Memorial Golf Open, raising nearly $450,000 to support the work of SCO Family of Services, a provider of human services for over 100 years. The funds will be used to help SCO Family of Services provide vital services to more than 55,000 vulnerable children, teens, families, and adults with special needs each year across Long Island and New York City.

Golfers were treated to a picture perfect day as they hit the greens at two of the area’s premier golf courses – Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove and The Creek in Locust Valley. Golf was followed by a cocktail hour and dinner program at The Creek’s Beach House.

SCO honored three individuals at the Open for their commitment to the agency’s mission and those it serves: Thomas J. Fanning Sr., H. Craig Treiber, and Dennis Hackett. All three gentlemen are long-time supporters of the agency and have worked together over the years to make the golf event the success it has become. New York State Assembly Member Chad Lupinacci of the 10th Assembly District presented citations to the honorees for their service to SCO and children and families throughout the metropolitan area. [Read more…]

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.

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…]

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