Shana’s Story

I have been challenged with addiction for 10 years, and have been in and out of outpatient treatment and detox several times – but I would always relapse.

When I arrived at Morning Star, I was at the lowest point in my life. Things were spiraling out of control. My four children had been taken from me and placed in foster care with a family member. And then I learned that I was 5 months pregnant.

I arrived with the worst attitude in the world. I was just so angry all the time. But at Morning Star, I started to reflect and gain clarity. I realized that I was hurt and angry with myself. And that’s when the healing began. Everything had been a fight up to that point. But I had nowhere to run – I had to face my problems.

Morning Star helped save my life. They never gave up on me.

Every interaction with my counselor and every staff member helped prepare me to re-enter the world clean and ready to thrive.

I attended treatment 5 days a week, attended a medical assistant program, and became certified in a workforce development program for nontraditional roles for women. And I learned that I am worth it! From now on, I show up, set up, and remain teachable.

When my baby, Liliana, was born, I can’t express how much the onsite child care at Morning Star II helped in my recovery. It made it possible for me to go to treatment, attend school, and focus on me. The structure kept me accountable for being a parent and prepared e for the real world.

I knew I was finally on a path to a better life when I left Morning Star. The court saw the improvements in me, too, and my children came back home to me. I never thought that would happen. Today, thanks to Morning Star, I have a home and my family lives under one roof.

I still visit the program to let them know of my progress. My goal is to be fully self-supported. I know there will be obstacles ahead of me. But I am prepared to take it one day at a time.

Corporate Compliance

SCO Family of Services is a human services organization committed to the highest standards of integrity and honesty in our business dealings. As part of our ongoing commitment to embody and promote the highest ethical standards, we have established a Corporate Compliance Program.

This program furthers the integrity and ethics of SCO Family of Services which has as its mission helping vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. It promotes adherence to laws, regulation and the agency’s internal policies. It is also designed to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in the delivery of our services.

SCO Family of Services’ Compliance Officer is responsible for implementing the program and can be reached at (516) 953-1819. While we encourage and prefer direct communication with our Compliance Office, you may also call our Compliance Hotline at (866) 350-9213. Should you want your name to be held in confidence, we will honor your request. You may also lodge your concerns anonymously.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to review our Corporate Compliance Program.

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Shana’s Story

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