Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

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Meet CFL Program Director Omar Roberts

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Omar Roberts was six years old when he first came to SCO’s Center for Family Life as a camper at the Beacon at PS 503/506, which was formerly PS 314. It was an auspicious start: Over the next nearly three decades, the Sunset Park-based program became a huge part of his life – and Roberts became a significant part of CFL as he followed a path from camper to counselor, group leader, program supervisor – eventually becoming Director of the PS 971 Out-of-School Time (OST) program, overseeing one of the same summer and after-school programs that were his first introduction to CFL.

“I get to come in every day to do the work I love with the people I love most,“ Roberts said in early July as camp got underway at the Beacon Center in PS 503/506. The love is clearly mutual. All around him, young campers shouted “Omar!”  when they saw him. “I get to serve my own community, give back to the neighborhood and the people I grew up with. What other job gives you that?”

Read more of Omar’s story here.

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CFL’s “Life Lines” Community Arts Project participants and staff brought to life the struggles and vitality of our diverse neighborhood with their original production, DREAMS, an improvisational play with music and dance. In May, a cast of more than 150 students showcased their hard work with six performances at Sunset Park High School. Learn more.

CFL in the News

CFL representatives speak at the New York City Council  Public Hearing  to discuss how worker cooperative can lift families out of poverty. See the video.

The Trusty Amigos Pet Care Cooperative – CFL’s newest worker cooperative – launched its citywide dog-walking and pet care services in June. Read more about the Trusty Amigos in SCO News, Labor Press and Voices of New York.