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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SCO Council

The SCO Council is a diverse group of individuals and corporate partners committed to improving the lives of children and families living in communities of need. A primary objective of this group is to focus on engaging corporate supporters. This is an ideal leadership opportunity for those passionate about SCO’s mission and seeking an opportunity to engage in the important work we do.

Membership Benefits

  • Entrepreneurial opportunity to raise meaningful dollars in support of New York’s under-served children, families and individuals with special needs.
  • Ability to meet, mingle, and work with like-minded peers throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
  • Exclusive access to volunteer opportunities and fundraising events.
  • Networking and collaboration with SCO’s Board of Directors, and hands-on and experiential training for future Board membership.

What are a Council member’s characteristics and responsibilities?

Council members should have the capacity to expand SCO’s base of champions, help position SCO positively in their work and personal networks, and help leverage the following:

  • Passion for SCO’s mission and work in the community
  • A connection to resources in the business community/corporate realm
  • Has the capacity and willingness to make meaningful donations in support of our work
  • Internship/volunteer/mentorship opportunities for SCO young adults
  • A connection to individuals who may want to plan and/or support an SCO fundraising events/make a donation
  • Membership on a NYC or Long Island-based fundraising event committee
  • Host for cultivation events
  • Identify honorees for Special Events

How can I get involved?
Contact Janice Da Silva at (516) 953-1875 or jdasilva@sco.org to learn more about this opportunity.

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