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!

Direct Support Professionals Program Expands

February 1, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY – Thanks to a recent award of $96,000 from the New York State Department of Labor, SCO’s Center for Professional Development is expanding the work of our Direct Support Professionals (DSP) program. The DSP program provides classroom based and online training and interdisciplinary Learning Labs for the 200 Direct Support Professional who work with our children and adults with special needs every day – helping them develop and improve their job skills in order to succeed and advance in their direct support roles. Training focuses on four areas: Putting People First, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships, Demonstrating Professionalism, and Supporting Safety.

Congratulations, Graduates!

June 30, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – Graduations, Award Ceremonies, End-of-Year Performances…there was much to celebrate at SCO as the school year came to a close! Here are a few highlights:

Dreams became reality for the graduates of our three transfer high schools for over age, under-credited students: Bronx Arena High School, East Brooklyn Community High School and North Queens Community High School. The Class of 2017 received their Regents diplomas after overcoming obstacles and at times, self-doubt – persevering through hard work and determination.

Our Westbrook Preparatory School for teens with high functioning Autism celebrated the graduation of three youth who have become role models for their peers.

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Congratulations to SCO’s 2017 Employee Recognition Winners!

June 1, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – Congratulations to Rosemarie Bellock, Alison Critelli, Vonnetta Browne and Nydia Sutherland, winners of SCO’s Employee Recognition Program. SCO is committed to making this a great place to work. Part of meeting that goal is having a workforce that embodies our Employee Values. Each year, four employees are selected and rewarded for their effort in embracing our values and for helping make SCO a great place to work. This year’s winners each received a $1,000 cash gift and were honored at our Staff Recognition Dinner on May 4th.

Rosemarie Bellock
Technical Support Specialist
Business Operations

Rosemarie, or Roe, as she is known to her co-workers has worked at SCO Family of Services for the past 40 years! Roe is devoted to her work – always demonstrating great effort in performance of her tasks. She always shows great initiative to get the job done properly, while maintaining impeccable records. Her work effort is exceptional, always performing her tasks to the best of her ability in every instance, with professionalism and a smile! Roe’s years of consistent, dedicated service to the agency is worth recognition! Congratulations Roe!

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Thank You, Rosemary, and Good Luck!

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.

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SCO Family of Services Holds 3rd Annual Taft Academy Conference

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Event Attracts over 300 Clinicians, Educators, and Direct Service Professionals

Glen Cove, NY (September 28, 2016) – SCO Family of Services, a provider of essential human services for over 100 years, hosted the third in a series of annual professional development conferences for staff working with children, youth, and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities.  This year’s free SCO Taft Academy Conference, held September 20 and 21 at The Inn at New Hyde Park, attracted over 300 social workers, clinicians, case managers, educators, direct support professionals and other staff from SCO’s programs across New York City and Long Island.  Due to its popularity and relevance to today’s industry needs, the event was expanded to include participants from human services organizations throughout the metro area.

SCO’s Executive Director Douglas O’Dell kicked off the event by thanking the attendees for providing “the right combination of support, guidance, and care that makes the difference between a life of hardship and a life of promise” for people with developmental disabilities and special needs.

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SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School Students Ready2Learn as They Welcome NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano

montesano-studentExcited to begin the new school year, students and staff at SCO Family of Services’ Westbrook Preparatory School proudly hosted a recent visit by New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano. September 16th was designated as Ready2Learn Day, a statewide day of outreach for special education schools like Westbrook.

Located in Westbury, Westbrook Preparatory School is the first residential New York State Regents junior/senior high school for students with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism and related conditions. Westbrook provides a supportive, therapeutic environment that allows each student to develop the daily living skills and emotional strength to successfully manage life’s complex demands.

Following a tour of the school, Assemblyman Montesano listened to the personal experiences of students and parents and learned how their lives have been positively impacted by coming to Westbrook.

Congrats 2016 SCO Grads!

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The past month was filled with graduations and moving up ceremonies throughout SCO as students received diplomas, awards and certificates in recognition of their amazing achievements!  Here are highlights from just a few of our programs:

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SCO Family of Services Holds Second Annual Taft Academy Conference

An innovative and collective approach to staff and leadership development
Huldah Schutt, a Teacher Assistant at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, shares her group’s answers during a breakout session at the 2nd Annual SCO Taft Academy Conference.

Huldah Schutt, a Teacher Assistant at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, shares her group’s answers during a breakout session at the 2nd Annual SCO Taft Academy Conference.

The SCO Taft Academy is a unique professional development initiative for 700 staff from SCO Family of Services working with children and youth with special needs who attend SCO’s five residential schools located in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Bronx counties. Through an array of staff development opportunities, the SCO Taft Academy advances high quality care for children and youth with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges, helping them reach the greatest degree of self-sufficiency, family engagement and community integration possible. [Read more…]

SCO Family of Services: Building a Brighter Future

Each year, SCO Family of Services helps nearly 60,000 vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. Here are just three examples of the unconditional care and life-changing results SCO brings to all of the lives we touch.

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