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 Supports Mayor’s Efforts to Improve Shelter Conditions

AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool

AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool

SCO applauds Mayor Bill de Blasio for announcing an aggressive plan to inspect and fix New York City homeless shelter conditions. In the press release announcing this plan, SCO Executive Director Doug O’Dell made the following statement of support:

“We thank the Mayor for his focus on improving shelter conditions, and the increased resources that will enhance our ability to provide safe, secure and homelike environments for homeless families and individuals. SCO stands ready to support the Mayor in this effort,” said Douglas O’Dell, Executive Director of SCO Family of Services.

Read the full press release below.

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Mayor Announces SCO ED Doug O’Dell’s Appointment to NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board

SCO is proud to announce that Mayor Bill de Blasio recently appointed SCO Executive Director Doug O’Dell to the newly created NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board. The Advisory Board offers valuable non-governmental expertise, relationships and resources to the City agencies that make up the Children’s Cabinet, in order to help NYC best promote and protect children’s wellbeing. Members of the Board include appointees from all five boroughs in academia, faith, media, business, technology, the non-profit sector and the judiciary.

In announcing the Advisory Board members, the de Blasio administration recognized Doug for bringing the following expertise:

Douglas O’Dell is the Executive Director of SCO Family of Services where he has served in various other roles during his 24 years at the organization. He is an expert in the field of services to vulnerable populations of children, families and adults. During his time at SCO, he created SCO’s alternative to detention and placement programs serving court-involved youth in their homes with family-based therapy and community-based residences. He also launched the agency’s Family Therapy Intervention Pilot which promotes families’ acceptance of their LGBTQ children and provides services to reduce negative risk factors experienced by LGBTQ youth.

Read the full press release below. [Read more…]

SCO Thanks Mayor de Blasio for Commitment to Homeless & Runaway Youth

de blasio homelessnessSCO Executive Director Doug O’Dell praised Mayor Bill de Blasio for prioritizing the needs of homeless and runaway youth in New York City, stating in a recent press release announcing the City’s plans to enhance services to address youth homelessness: “We applaud the Mayor for his encouragement of innovative initiatives to support homeless and runaway youth and young adults in New York City.”

Read the full announcement below. [Read more…]

SCO Family of Services: Building a Brighter Future

Each year, SCO Family of Services helps nearly 60,000 vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. Here are just three examples of the unconditional care and life-changing results SCO brings to all of the lives we touch.

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…]

Dedicated Staff & Partners Help Shelter Families Move Forward

SCO Family of Services will honor FJC Security Services, led by Chairman and founder Frank J. Califano, Sr., at the SCO Annual Benefit at Nassau Country Club on May 29th [click here for tickets & more info].

FJC Chairman Frank Califano, Sr. (3rd from right), FJC SVP of Client Relations & Administrative Programs Robert Hopes (center) and SCO Executive Director Douglas O’Dell (2nd from right) with residents and staff at SCO’s Flushing Family Residence.

FJC has for more than a decade provided security services for six shelters managed by SCO serving more than 1,000 people each day. Thanks to the dedicated service by FJC and all of SCO’s shelter staff, we are able to help individuals and families in need – like the Santiagos and Cajigas, whose stories are shared below – to build a strong foundation for the future. [Read more…]

CFL students and staff rally to save after-school programs

 

DSC_0932Staff and families from SCO’s Center for Family Life in Sunset Park joined a crowd of community members who rallied at Brooklyn Borough Hall on April 23rd, calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fund 17 after-school programs in high-need neighborhoods that would be forced to close this summer unless the mayor allocates additional funding.   Center for Family Life programs based at PS94 and PS169 in Sunset Park, are among the six Brooklyn programs in jeopardy. [Read more…]

SCO’s Sandy Moya Appears on Immigration Forum Panel in Queens

Vice Chair Crowley, Assemblyman Moya Host Immigration Forum in Jackson Heights

Crowley, Moya meet with local community to discuss executive action on immigration and what’s next for the NY DREAM Act

Rep. Joe Crowley and Assemblyman Francisco Moya were joined by a panel of immigration experts, including Sandy Moya of SCO's Queens SingleStop, at a forum at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights.

Rep. Joe Crowley and Assemblyman Francisco Moya were joined by a panel of immigration experts, including Sandy Moya of SCO’s Queens SingleStop, at a forum at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights.

(Queens, NY) – On Wednesday, April 8, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, along with NYS Assembly Member Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) hosted an immigration forum to give members of the local community an opportunity to hear from leaders and experts on the status of President Obama’s executive action on immigration, and the future of the NY DREAM Act, among other topics. [Read more…]

FirstStepNYC hosts CityTech Nurses for community health event

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Seeking to raise awareness for two major health concerns facing children and families in Brownsville – uncontrolled asthma and childhood obesity – the New York City College of Technology Nursing Department and representatives from Brookdale and Kings County hospitals Tuesday held a community meeting at SCO/FirstStepNYC, an early childhood education center co-located at PS/IS 41.

Participants included FirstStep parents; representatives from the Nurse-Family Partnership, Parent-Child Home Program,  the offices of NYS Assembly Member Latrice Walker and Council Member Inez Barron; P.S./I.S. 41 Principal Therese Siegel; and SCO staff, including AED Chanda Hill, AED Maureen Angliss and Family Dynamics Director Rick Gallwey. Under discussion: The need for early education, youth and community health program partnerships and a proposal by CityTech nurses to turn neighboring empty factories into community health resources, including a Boys and Girls Club, medical center and neighborhood recreation center. [Read more…]

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