Manuel’s Story

Manuel is a man with a plan. He loves to cook and aspires to be a chef at a 5-star restaurant one day. Until then, he hones his skills at home preparing his children’s favorite meals each week. A hard-working, single father of three teenagers, ‘family first’ is his mantra and guiding force through good times and bad.

When a series of unfortunate events caused Manuel to lose his job, fall behind in rent, and eventually lose his apartment, he worried about his kids, he worried for himself; he needed to find a way to keep his family together.

Manuel and his children moved into SCO’s Flushing Family Residence in Brooklyn to help him get back on his feet. Manuel recalls, “They gave us a second chance at life. SCO provided me with a roof over my head, access to food pantries, and even provided us with fun and recreation that lifted our spirits.”

While at the shelter, the family received counseling, housing services, and family support services to ease the transition. Manuel laid out a clear path for his family. His goal was to “find us a home, build a foundation, and get the kids in school.” He wasted no time in setting that plan in action. Manuel found steady employment working at a men’s shelter, which he recalls “opened my eyes and pushed me to want to be better and do better for my family.” Staff helped Manuel find an apartment suitable for his large family and their cat Patrick, who had been living with a friend. And all three children settled into their new schools and new life.

“SCO is heaven sent,” exclaimed Manuel. “I am able to do more for my family now and live a productive life.”

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Ways to Help

COVID-19 is challenging the way we do things, but we won’t let it stop us from helping the 60,000 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 development@sco.org.

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