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.
Rosemary oversaw three residential campuses with schools: Madonna Heights for girls recovering from trauma; Westbrook Preparatory for youth with high functioning autism, and The Theresa Paplin School for youth with developmental disability and an emotional disturbance. Rosemary also oversaw temporary housing shelters for single women and families on Long Island, permanent housing residences, and community residences for children with an emotional disturbance, Residential Treatment Facilities, group residences, residences for women overcoming addiction, a mental health clinic, Blended Case Management and Waiver Services, Bridges to Health and a range of health and mental health services.
While the impact Rosemary has had on our agency is large, the impact she has had on her staff, coworkers, colleagues and the girls, women and families in her programs is even larger. We are grateful for having had the opportunity work with such a knowledgeable, committed, caring individual and we wish her nothing but the best as she begins the next chapter in her life.