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SCO Celebrates the Holidays

DSC_0194 copyThanks to the many acts of generosity, care and compassion by donors from eastern Long Island to New York City, children, teens and adults throughout SCO’s programs will enjoy a taste of holiday magic.

SCO has always provided holiday gifts for the people we serve, going back to when the agency and the number of people we served was much smaller than it is today. But this year may be our most successful effort yet. Some 5,600 of our clients – from infants through adults – will receive approximately 15,000 gifts! [Read more…]

Motorcyclists bearing gifts – and Santa! – roared into Sea Cliff, LI Sunday to spread cheer for the kids at our Robert J. McMahon Children’s Center.

SCO elects Jessica Taylor O’Mary to Board of Directors


December 12, 2014 – New York – The SCO Family of Services Board of Directors has elected Jessica Taylor O’Mary, a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, to the SCO Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Ms. O’Mary, who was named one of Institutional Investor’s “2014 Hedge Fund Rising Stars,” joined Ropes & Gray in 2003 and was promoted to Partner in 2012. She specializes in fund formation and regulatory advice to hedge fund and private equity fund sponsors; and advises clients on operational, regulatory, legal and business issues, as well as contract negotiations with service providers and limited partners. She also is one of two partners who oversee the firm’s private investment funds training program.

“We are very excited about having Jessica join our Board,” said SCO Board Chair Kelly L. Williams. “Her expertise and commitment will help tremendously as we work to ensure SCO’s future as a leader in the nonprofit sector.” [Read more…]

Youth in Care Find Employment Through SCO’s Work Readiness Program

GapHires ShalalyaTrainingThe next time you’re looking for a shirt at a Banana Republic Factory Store, the very helpful sales associate might well be the young woman pictured here or another one of our young people who participated in SCO’s work readiness program facilitated by Gap Inc. employee volunteers.


Six of the new part-time salespeople, who are part of SCO’s redesigned foster care program, were offered jobs and started working during the holiday season! [Read more…] features SCO/FirstStepNYC teacher Shavon Frazier’s class in a new video: “What to look for in a Pre-K classroom.”

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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…]

Celebrate #GivingTuesday by supporting SCO

thanks 1Celebrate #GivingTuesday by making a donation to SCO at! Today, your support will go twice as far thanks to a generous donor who pledged to match all donations made today up to $5,000!

Your gift will help us to stabilize families in crisis, prepare vulnerable children for kindergarten, support schools and residences for youth with special needs – and much, much more.

Please donate at and then encourage others to do the same by posting your own #unselfie on Facebook & Twitter — and remember to tag SCO! Print your own sign from


We’ll be arranging larger graduations at our Brooklyn transfer HS, thanks to a new grant!

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