Selena’s Story

Selena first came to SCO’s Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program, in August 2017. This program provides housing and transitional services for young adults who have been in foster care and are at-risk of homelessness. Selena, who had been in foster care since age 9, was dealing with a lot of family and personal issues. She was feeling frustrated and depressed. The tipping point came when her biological father passed away.

As a way to help cope with her loss, Selena decided to write a book about her experience. She hoped sharing her experience might inspire others…turning her personal tragedy into something positive. Ever resourceful, Selena wrote her entire book on her cell phone and uploaded it onto Amazon where it is currently sold as a Kindle format e-book.

Selena’s entrepreneurial spirit had been unleashed. Following her book, Selena developed her own podcast where she talks about life issues and how she has dealt with them in the hopes of motivating others. Since establishing her podcast last year, she has attracted over 20,000 followers worldwide.

She didn’t stop there. Selena then decided that she wanted to sell merchandise with inspirational messages. She started her own online t-shirt company – printing, packaging and shipping orders out of her apartment.

Selena has found her calling. She has found healing through sharing her story and inspiring others and she has experienced personal growth in the process.

SCO staff are encouraging her to utilize her abilities and resilience to pursue her education. In doing so, Selena will be able to use her knowledge to promote and expand her budding enterprises and find other employment opportunities to help her as she transitions to independent living.

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Health Resources

COVID-19 Testing

New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. Use this NYSDOH screening tool to share your symptoms and schedule a COVID-19 test at a New York State-run testing site.

  • If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test.
  • If you go to a test site operated by local governments, private companies including pharmacies and medical practices, or not-for-profit organizations, you are advised to check with the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested to confirm you will not be responsible for any fees associated with your test.

New York City

FREE COVID-19 tests are confidential and safe. Visit nyc.gov/covidtest, text “COVID Test” to 855-48, or call 212-COVID19 to find a testing site near you.

Assistance for New Yorkers who test positive for COIVD-19

NYC Health & Hospitals’ Test & Trace Corps is providing special services for New Yorkers who test positive and their close contacts:

    • A free hotel room for up to 14 days if quarantining at home is impossible. Call (212) 268-4319 to book a room.
    • Free dog walking and other pet drop-in services to ensure New Yorkers can remain safely separated in a hotel or at home. Learn more.

​​​​​​​COVID-19 Antibody Screening for New York City Residents

Please note that people under the age of 18 and people who are not NYC residents are not eligible to participate in this program.

New York City offers free antibody testing on a walk-in basis at the 11 acute care facilities of NYC Health + Hospitals and at the Gotham Community Health Center sites listed on the NYC antibody testing webpage.

For more information, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC or visit the NYC antibody testing webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call the New York State COVID-19 hotline at 833-NYS-4-VAX (833-697-4829).

  • Schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Participating pharmacies are now offering a second COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who received the first vaccine elsewhere. Participating pharmacies are:

New York City

The Museum of Natural History is providing 1,000 vaccines daily. The site will operate Tuesday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Long Island

  • Northwell Health is administering the COVID-19 vaccine at certain locations in Nassau and Suffolk. Find a location. 
  • Nassau County has several vaccine sites. Check availability and schedule a vaccine appointment at a Nassau County Department of Health location at nassaucountyny.gov/vaccine.
  • Hempstead Town and Mount Sinai South Nassau introduced the “Vaxmobile” – coming to communities near you. Residents who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine can call a special hotline at (516) 812-3678 (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or send an email to vaxmobile@snch.org to be placed on a list to be contacted by Mount Sinai South Nassau when appointments are available.

NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 888-364-3065

NYC COVID-19 Information – NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
A Physician’s Guide to COVID-19 – American Medical Association
Frequently Asked Questions about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Coronavirus: What Patients Need to Know – Community Healthcare Network
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Information on Novel Coronavirus – NYS Department of Health
County Health Departments – NYS Department of Health
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – NYC Department of Health
Coronavirus Updates for Schools – NYS Center for School Health
How Veterans With Mesothelioma Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine – Mesothelioma Veterans Center
COVID-19 and Mesothelioma Updates – Mesothelioma.net

Undocumented immigrants should not avoid medical care if they require it. Hospital staff will NOT ask about immigration status and medical care is NOT a “public benefit” under the public charge test. If an undocumented immigrant does not have a doctor or insurance, they can visit a public hospital safely.

Mental Health/Safety Resources

Feeling stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic? You are not alone. Call the NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. at 1-844-863-9314, or visit www.nyprojecthope.org.
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide – National Alliance on Mental Illness
Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services
Crisis Counseling: Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH): Call 1-800-985-5990 and text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
Safety Planning for Domestic Violence Survivors
Tech Safety for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence
COVID-19: Tips for Mindfulness & Coping with Anxiety – Watch videos 
National Domestic Violence Hotline has 24/7 confidential support for people experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
RAINN has a 24/7 safe and confidential sexual assault hotline that connects individuals to a local provider who can provide a variety of free resources. Hotline number: 800-656-4673 and online chat
Grief Share hosts free, in-person grief recovery support groups across the country.
NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Hotline– For 24/7 treatment, call 844-616-3400. This is 100% confidential and free.
Live Another Day – An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA’s national hotline is federally funded and provides those with mental health or substance abuse disorders guidance and options for them to seek help. Call (800-662-4357).
New York State now has a text program and confidential online service for victims of domestic violence. Text 844-997-2121 for help or go to http://opdv.ny.gov to chat.

Health Benefits

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Selena’s Story

Creating Opportunities

Selena has found her calling. She has found healing through sharing her story and inspiring others and she has experienced personal growth in the process. Learn More

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Early Education & Family Support Services

“I love this school. Sometimes I felt like giving up, but Kaitlyn was always my motivation.” Learn More

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