SCO’s Close to Home Program Recognized

November 9, 2017 – New York, NY – SCO’s Close to Home (C2H) program was recognized for successfully completing the “candidacy” period of Performance-based Standards (PbS) at an awards banquet held by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services Division of Youth & Family Development. Performancebased Standards (PbS) is a data-driven improvement model grounded in research that holds juvenile justice agencies, facilities and residential care providers to the highest standards for operations, programs and services. SCO, along with other C2H providers, were presented with plaques for the accomplishment.

Sandra Arboleda, SCO Preventive Program Director, Receives Community Leadership Award

October 31, 2017 – Elmhurst, NY – Sandra Arboleda, Director of our Woodside Preventive Program, received a community leadership award from the Elmhurst Community Partnership (ECP) for her work with victims of domestic violence in the Latina community. Sandra received the award at ECP’s Third Dinner for Women, held recently at the Boulevard Restaurant in Queens. She was one of five influential women who were recognized for their contributions to the community and to ECP’s mission. Read more.

SCO Family of Services Raises $445,000 at Annual Treiber Memorial Golf Outing

SCO Honors Vincent Parziale, President and CEO of Gramercy Group, Inc.

October 18, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – More than 140 golfers teed off on October 11 for the SCO Treiber Memorial Golf Outing, 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 provide vital services to more than 60,000 children, teens, families, and adults with special needs each year across Long Island and New York City.

SCO honored Vincent Parziale, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gramercy Group Inc., one of the top demolition companies in the country. Mr. Parziale is a champion of the children and families that SCO serves.

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Advocates for Children and SCO Family of Services Develop Parent Toolkit to Improve the Education Experience of Children while in Foster Care

Report offers key recommendations for parents, foster care agencies, and schools

September 29, 2017, Glen Cove, NY – As families across the nation shift their attention back to school, two nonprofits have teamed up to improve the education experience for New York’s children in foster care and their families.

Advocates for Children of New York, an agency that works to ensure high-quality education for students who face barriers to academic success, and SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of social services to children, adults, and families in under-resourced communities, announced the launch of a Parent Toolkit, an easy to use guide that provides recommendations and resources to enhance parent involvement in their child’s education while in foster care.  The Toolkit helps parents navigate the education system while embracing the important role they play in their children’s academic success and achievements.

Active participation by parents has been shown to have substantial benefits to the child, parent, and school, with outcomes including improved self-esteem, increased confidence in parenting skills, and higher levels of student achievement. Moreover, studies have shown that children in foster care who regularly engage in school discussions and activities with parents and caregivers are more likely to achieve permanency than those who do not engage.[1]

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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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