SCO Fathers’ Program Named Fatherhood Program of the Year

July 18, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY  Congratulations to our Fathers’ Program on being named Department of Youth and Community Development’s Fatherhood Initiative Program of the Year! The program helps fathers reconnect with their children and develop essential parenting skills through classes, workshops, and support groups — plus special events for the whole family.

Close to Home Youth Get Cookin’

July 18, 2018 – Queens, NY  Bruschetta and Chicken Satay were among the culinary delights prepared by the young men in our Queens Close to Home program at a tasting they organized for family and staff. It was a celebration of the cooking talents they had honed in their weekly culinary class led by C2H youth specialist Naji Peters. In addition to learning their way around a stove, they learned about table etiquette, converting measurements and reading recipes. They even created their own individual recipe books!

Comics Come to Life

July 18, 2018 – Queens, NY  Renowned comic book artist Agnes Garbowska stopped by our Theresa Paplin Comic Book Club to visit our young people. Agnes has illustrated for some of the top comic book publishers and is currently working on the bestselling “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” comic book from IDW comics. She shared her experiences, answered questions and even did a drawing of a favorite character for each of our students. It was an amazing experience!

Trip to D.C. Inspires Fathers’ Program Dads


July 18, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY  On a recent trip to the African American History Museum in Washington D.C., dads in SCO’s Fathers’ Program along with their families and staff, learned about slavery, Jim Crow, and the many contributions that African Americans have made to American society. The visit underscored the importance of perseverance despite tremendous obstacles. The message was well received.

Vibe Comes to C2H

July 18, 2018 – Queens, NY  Datwon Thomas, executive editor of Vibe Magazine, came to speak with the young people at our Close to Home residence in Queens. They discussed different genres of music and he shared his trials and tribulations of everything from being an intern to starting his own magazine to becoming the executive editor of Vibe. Datwon inspired our youth, showing them that anything is possible with hard work and determination.

SCO Family of Services Expands Morning Star II: A Residential Recovery Program for Women with Young Children in Suffolk County

July 16, 2018 – Dix Hills, NY – Today, SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of social services, health care and mental health services to vulnerable populations, opened an expansion to its successful Morning Star II residential recovery program that will allow mothers recovering from substance and opioid abuse to live with their young children while receiving treatment.  Morning Star II is located on SCO’s Madonna Heights campus in Dix Hills, Long Island, and is the only residential recovery program on LI that enables mothers to cohabitate with their children.

“Morning Star II provides an array of therapeutic services that help women in recovery with young children to develop a substance-free, self-supporting lifestyle,” said Keith Little, Executive Director of SCO. “We recognize that treatment is more successful when mother and child are living together, and are proud to facilitate mothers and their children in overcoming obstacles and healing together.” [Read more…]

SCO Family of Services Annual Benefit Honors Cohen & Gresser LLP, Raises Vital Funds to Strengthen New York Families

July 3, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY – Supporters of SCO Family of Services, the Glen Cove-based human services nonprofit, enjoyed a night of entertainment and inspiration at the SCO Annual Benefit on June 14th at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Funds raised at the annual event help SCO Family of Services provide life-changing results for more than 60,000 children, teens, families and adults each year across Long Island and New York City. [Read more…]

SCO Family of Services Raises Record $89,000 at 38th Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic

June 18, 2018 – Dix Hills, NY – Friends of SCO Family of Services’ Madonna Heights programs teed up June 7th for the 38th Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic at the Woodside Club in Muttontown, Long Island, raising a record $89,000 to support the vital work of Madonna Heights to teach, strengthen and empower young and adult women to heal from trauma.

Jackie Tyree Kos and Al Kos of Farmingdale received the Madonna Heights Spirit Award for their commitment to the women and children served by SCO Madonna Heights.

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Foster Care Youth Sharpen Skills On and Off the Court

May 25, 2018 – Queens, NY  Young men in our family foster care and residential programs honed their court skills recently at a basketball clinic hosted at our Ottilie gym and run by current and former professional basketball players. There was a mentorship component as well as players and youth shared past experiences and discussed future goals and what it will take to achieve them.

This unique opportunity was part of a partnership with Cicatelli Associates (CAI) to strengthen healthy behaviors and provide positive role models for young men in foster care. Photos.

NYC Administration for Children’s Services Recognizes SCO’s Windy Vargas with Outstanding Provider Staff Award

May 24, 2018 – Manhattan, NY  Windy Vargas, SCO Training Specialist, received the Outstanding Provider Staff Award at NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ Sixth Annual LGBTQ & Ally Awards. The event, held at the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan May 23rd, honored the leadership, contributions, and achievements of key stakeholders committed to promoting and affirming safe environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families within foster care and juvenile justice settings in New York City. [Read more…]

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