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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This webpage provides information for SCO clients, families, and the general public about the evolving COVID-19 virus. The health, safety, and well-being of our staff and those we serve is our most important priority. We are actively tracking new developments in coordination with local and state oversight agencies so that we can plan effectively.

SCO Program Updates

SCO programs are operating as normal with the following exceptions:

DOE Programs at SCO: Please note that SCO After School programs, Early Education programs, and Transfer High Schools (Bronx Arena Community High School, East Brooklyn Community High School and North Queens Community High School) are closed from March 16 through April 20.

Residential Schools: SCO’s residential campuses remain open. To prevent community spread and promote social distancing, instruction will be modified for students at Westbrook Preparatory School, Madonna Heights School, The Theresa Paplin School, The Christopher School, and The Tyree Learning Center.

Residential Programs: To help protect our residential clients,  all visitors will be prescreened by phone prior to scheduled visits to SCO residences. Please do not visit an SCO residence unannounced.  Thank you for doing your part to protect all SCO clients.


We need your help! Please CLICK HERE to learn how you can help and check out our registries at Target, Walmart and Amazon.

COVID-19 is challenging the way we do things, but it won’t stop us from fulfilling our mission of providing life-changing results to 60,000 New Yorkers this year. SCO is actively working on addressing the immediate and long-term needs of our families during this time and we will need your help.

Although several of SCO’s events have been postponed, please know we will need friends like you more than ever. Please note that our Program Support Center in Dix Hills is not accepting in-kind gifts.

Event Updates 

In an abundance of caution and self-distancing, SCO Family of Services is postponing/canceling the following events. We will keep you posted on new dates.

The Roaring 2020s – 2nd Speakeasy Soiree – Postponed

2020 Annual Benefit – Canceled


Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health concern – and at the same time respond to the current cold and flu season – by following these everyday preventative measures recommended by NYSDOH:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good second choice.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. No tissue? Cough or sneeze into your elbow (not into your hands!)
  • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
  • Don’t shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like cell phones
  • Practice social distancing

Helpful Resources

Additional Resources

We encourage you to keep up to date about COVID-19, its treatment, and prevention by visiting the following websites:

NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 888-364-3065
Community Healthcare Network: Coronavirus: What Patients Need to Know
Center for Disease Control COVID-19 website:
NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Website:
NYS Department of Health Local Health Departments:
NYS Center for School Health:
NYC Department of Health:

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