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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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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Thank You, Rosemary, and Good Luck!

January 18, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY  We recently paid tribute to Rosemary Stein, Chief Program Officer, who retired after a distinguished career spanning 40 years at SCO Family of Services. A passionate advocate for at-risk and vulnerable populations, Rosemary began her journey at SCO as a Social Worker and worked tirelessly over the years to develop strategies to improve outcomes and increase the quality of services delivered. She has left an indelible mark on the many programs and people she encountered while at SCO.

Early on, Rosemary recognized the importance of continuous staff development and created SCO’s training department. She also created the Independent Living Department and was a driving force in the implementation of the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care at the Madonna Heights campus. She served as Assistant Executive Director at SCO from 1983-2010, until her appointment as Chief Program Officer.

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A Fresh Start – Angela’s Story

Angela had been struggling with substance abuse for some time when she lost custody of her 2-1/2-year-old daughter. Determined to do whatever it took to get her back, Angela checked into a rehab center where she learned of SCO’s Morning Star program. Morning Star offers residential care and transitional services for women in recovery from substance abuse, as well as recovering mothers with young children, in need of a structured, sober environment.

In May 2016 Angela came to Morning Star where she was reunited with her daughter. “When I got her back, I cried from happiness,” she said.

Angela is doing well in her recovery process. And Morning Star’s trained parenting professionals are helping Angela with parenting skills to strengthen the bond with her daughter – making her little one feel safe, secure and loved. “At Morning Star, I’ve learned how to be a mom.”

When she leaves Morning Star, Angela plans to become a peer specialist so she can help others in need.

“I have a life now. I’m clean. I’m happy. My daughter is happy and doing great in Pre-K.”

“If it wasn’t for this place, I wouldn’t have my daughter back. I don’t know where I’d be.”

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.

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!

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2015 Holiday Cheer at SCO

Thank you to the many, many SCO supporters and friends who donated thousands of gifts, organized holiday celebrations or otherwise supported the children, youth, adults, families and communities we serve during this special time of year. Below is just a sample of the overwhelming generosity shown toward New Yorkers in need during this season of giving. [Read more…]

Madonna Heights 34th Annual Fashion Show Draws Nearly 300 Supporters

Madonna Heights Fashion Show Chair Barbara Harris and SCO Family of Services Chief Program Officer Rosemary Stein.

Madonna Heights Fashion Show Chair Barbara Harris and SCO Family of Services Chief Program Officer Rosemary Stein.

Three hundred local supporters celebrated the Madonna Heights Ladies Auxiliary’s 34th Annual Dinner and Fashion Show at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on April 29th to benefit SCO Family of Services’ Madonna Heights programs. Madonna Heights serves adolescent girls recovering from trauma and women in recovery at its Dix Hills campus, and also provides an on-campus mental health clinic and shelters for women and their children. “The commitment of the Ladies Auxiliary to the young women in our Madonna Heights programs is inspirational,” said Douglas O’Dell, Interim Executive Director of SCO Family of Services. “They exemplify what ‘giving back’ is all about.” [Read more…]

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