Daniel’s Story

At 24, Daniel has overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. Born with developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues, and addicted to drugs, Daniel entered foster care as an infant. He was adopted as a toddler by a loving mother who tragically passed away just a few years later. Daniel’s aunt cared for him until his needs eventually became too difficult for her to manage on her own. That’s when he was introduced to SCO.

When he was 15, Daniel came to SCO’s Extraordinary Needs group home, where specially-trained staff provide care, guidance, and a home-like experience for adolescents with developmental disabilities. At first, Daniel was reserved and had trouble communicating. But as time went on, Daniel gained confidence and found his voice – literally – while attending singing and performance workshops. Daniel

Since then, his progress has been nothing short of remarkable. Daniel is now able to talk and has become quite the social butterfly. He loves to bowl, watch Jeopardy, and engage in community activities. A budding diplomat (and Mets fan), he even attended a Yankees game with his housemates, although he refused to cheer.

Daniel is open and honest and has become a model resident. He’s a meticulous dresser who always puts his best foot forward. “That’s how we do it at SCO,” he says. Often referred to as the mayor of the house, Daniel keeps track of everything and everyone, advocating for himself and his peers.

As Daniel transitions to adulthood, SCO remains by his side with the supports he needs for a bright future. Last year, Daniel moved into a new SCO Individual Residential Alternative (IRA), a residence designed specifically for adults with challenges like his. Here Daniel continues to receive services, supports, and encouragement to live a full and independent life. New routines, new friends, and new adventures lay in store for Daniel, who is navigating his new surroundings like a pro.

Ways to Help

COVID-19 is challenging the way we do things, but we won’t let it stop us from helping the 50,000 New Yorkers who are counting on us. Our staff are on the front lines, working around the clock and behind the scenes with one focus – unwavering support for those who need us more than ever.

There’s lots of good to go around. Here are some ways you can partner with SCO to offer support:

MAKE AN ONLINE GIFT – Now more than ever, we invite you to support our programs by making an online gift.

 

 

ONLINE SHOPPING – You can help us get diapers, clothes, housewares, toys, school supplies, board games and more directly to our program sites. You can even send in gift cards. Shop online at: Target Registry Amazon Registry Walmart Registry

 

TECHNOLOGY – While the world has adapted to virtual meetings and remote work, we still have children and families in our care who may not have the needed items. To ensure we can reach as many as possible, mobile devices are needed such as iPads and laptops.

 

CORPORATE SUPPORT – Is your employer or business looking for ways to get involved? Contact us to discuss ways your staff can volunteer and offer hope to our clients.

 

There is so much you can do from wherever you may be. Connect with our team today to find out how you can support our SCO Family during COVID-19. To reach us, please call (516) 666-0469 or email us at [email protected].

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96%

of 12th graders in Family Foster Care graduated high school; 61% are enrolled in post-secondary education

90%

of residents in our NYC shelters were successfully discharged to stable housing

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