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!

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…]

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…]

NYS Senator Phil Boyle Visits Our Morning Star II Residence

Mom & SonTwo young mothers who were addicted to heroin and are currently in recovery at our Morning Star II residence on Wednesday described their experiences to New York State Senator Phil Boyle (R) 4th Senate District, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, in a meeting at our Madonna Heights campus in Dix Hills, Long Island. [Read more…]

Nourishing body & soul at Madonna Heights’ Café Believe

Homemade breakfast burritos, chocolate chip pancakes and strawberry smoothies served at a five-star table setting…Thursday morning breakfasts haven’t been the same since Café Believe opened at our Madonna Heights Residence in December 2012. What began as a challenge for the overnight staff to create an incentive for residents to complete their morning routines, has turned into a wonderful weekly homemade breakfast prepared and served to the residents by the overnight staff in a cozy campus kitchen.
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Madonna Heights Ladies Golf & Dinner Classic A Big Success!

More than 100 supporters hit the greens this week for the 34th Annual Madonna Heights Ladies Golf & Dinner Classic at Huntington Crescent Country Club. The event, which honored Kathy Sullivan, former Director of Development at Madonna Heights, raises funds to support our Madonna Heights programs for teens, women, children and families.

It was a picture perfect day for golf – more than making up for the original June date which was rained out. Following the golf, attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour featuring raffles and tournament prizes.  Hats off to the Madonna Heights Ladies Golf Committee for a wonderful event!

See photos from the event below (click to enlarge).

Madonna Heights Welcomes New Principal Carmen Pinto

Carmen PintoAs Carmen Pinto drove home from her first day as principal of SCO’s Madonna Heights School in early July, she was struck by a strong feeling that taking this new position was the best possible decision she could have made. The feeling stayed with her throughout her daily commute to and from the Madonna Heights campus every day during her first week, cementing her belief that she had really found her perfect job. [Read more…]

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