SCO Receives Rave Reviews from COA

July 26, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY  The Council on Accreditation just finished up their re-accreditation review of SCO, a process that occurs every four years. A team of eight peer reviewers spent four days reviewing case records, interviewing staff at all levels and observing our settings and our work. In all, they visited 38 programs throughout NYC and Long Island.

Our COA peer reviewers spoke about SCO’s strong leadership, engaged Board and they couldn’t say enough good things about our staff and the work they do. Across programs, they noted the emphasis on respecting clients, providing individualized treatment and maintaining family connections. Their conclusion: SCO has great programs and excellent staff.

SCO Residential Treatment Facility Receives $600,000 Grant

July 24, 2018 – Dix Hills, NY  SCO was awarded a 3-year, $600,000 contract from the NYS Office of Mental Health to enhance services at our Madonna Heights Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) that provides intensive residential mental health services for adolescent girls.

The goal of the pilot is to reduce the amount of time residents stay in the RTF by focusing on community reintegration and providing a host of after-care resources to keep young people connected. It will also offer RTF residents and families the opportunity to have an active and meaningful voice in all decisions that affect them.

SCO’s Laurel Salmon Receives AFTA Award

July 20, 2018 – Bronx, NY  We’re so proud of Laurel Salmon, Program Director of our Courtlandt Avenue Clinic in the Bronx, on receiving American Family Therapy Academy’s (AFTA) Early Career Award! Laurel was recognized for her outstanding achievement and potential and was presented with her award at AFTA’s annual conference. Laurel’s award and her accomplishments were featured in an article by Mercy College.

Congratulations, C.H.A.M.P.s!

July 20, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY  Congratulations Darlene Ellison and Teresa Buckingham – SCO’s Spring 2018 C.H.A.M.P. winners! Darlene, a Caseworker in our Queens West Foster Care program, has been with SCO since 2012. Teresa, a Campus Supervisor at our Madonna Heights Group Residence, has been working with us since 1995. Both women were nominated by their managers for their employee values of Communication, Honesty, Achievement, Mission and Passion (C.H.A.M.P.) Each winner received a $500 award in recognition of their commitment.

Westbrook Students Take on DC

June 8, 2018 – Westbury, NY  Students at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School headed down to Washington DC for a hands-on civics lesson in June.  The students, parents, and staff spent 2 days in the nation’s capital soaking up history and experiencing democracy in action. The students visited with Congresswoman Kathleen Rice and Congressman Lee Zeldin and toured the Capitol building as well as many other of the city’s incredible monuments and memorials. The experience was all the more rewarding as they were able to share it with their parents.

A special thank you to James Roach and our friends at DHC for helping to create memories that our students will cherish for a lifetime.

 

Demetrios Yatrakis Appointed to SCO Board of Directors

May 17, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of essential human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island, is pleased to announce the appointment of Demetrios Yatrakis to its Board of Directors. Mr. Yatrakis will assume his position on the Board immediately.

“On behalf of the entire Board, I am delighted to welcome Demetrios to the SCO family,” remarked Kelly Williams, SCO Board Chair. “Demetrios’ business expertise, deep commitment to community, and enthusiasm will help us advance our mission of helping New Yorkers build a stronger foundation for the future.”

“We are honored to have Demetrios join our dedicated Board of Directors and look forward to working together to further our commitment to achieving life-changing results for the children, youth, families and adults we serve,” added Douglas O’Dell, SCO Executive Director.

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Family Dynamics Goes to Ellis Island

Our friends at Garden of Dreams and the New York Rangers treated the children from SCO Family Dynamics’ after school program at MS 35 to a fun and educational trip to Ellis Island. The kids boarded the ferry and were transported back in time to 1920, where each was given the identity of an immigrant arriving at Ellis Island. The hands-on history lesson was led by the incredible Park Rangers as well as our own NY Rangers: Chris Kreider and Oscar Lindberg along with alumni Dave Maloney and Tom Laidlaw.   The amazing trip was part of the Garden of Dreams’ ‘Show Kids New York’ program.

Many thanks to the Garden of Dreams, the staff at Ellis Island, and the New York Rangers for hosting this fantastic experience for our children.

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NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

golden-steps-co-opThe Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past ten years. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages and dignified employment through their cooperative businesses. Since 2012, CDP has been helping other community-based organizations develop worker cooperatives through our NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative. With the generous support of the New York City Council, CFL will provide at least 6 months of training and technical assistance to selected “Implementer” organizations to incubate worker cooperatives in their communities.

If you would like to learn more about this Initiative, please take a look at our Request for Proposal. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 21, 2016. Information Sessions will take place on October 21st and October 31st: To learn more and RSVP, please email Rachel Isreeli at risreeli@sco.org.

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