Shana’s Story

I have been challenged with addiction for 10 years, and have been in and out of outpatient treatment and detox several times – but I would always relapse.

When I arrived at Morning Star, I was at the lowest point in my life. Things were spiraling out of control. My four children had been taken from me and placed in foster care with a family member. And then I learned that I was 5 months pregnant.

I arrived with the worst attitude in the world. I was just so angry all the time. But at Morning Star, I started to reflect and gain clarity. I realized that I was hurt and angry with myself. And that’s when the healing began. Everything had been a fight up to that point. But I had nowhere to run – I had to face my problems.

Morning Star helped save my life. They never gave up on me.

Every interaction with my counselor and every staff member helped prepare me to re-enter the world clean and ready to thrive.

I attended treatment 5 days a week, attended a medical assistant program, and became certified in a workforce development program for nontraditional roles for women. And I learned that I am worth it! From now on, I show up, set up, and remain teachable.

When my baby, Liliana, was born, I can’t express how much the onsite child care at Morning Star II helped in my recovery. It made it possible for me to go to treatment, attend school, and focus on me. The structure kept me accountable for being a parent and prepared e for the real world.

I knew I was finally on a path to a better life when I left Morning Star. The court saw the improvements in me, too, and my children came back home to me. I never thought that would happen. Today, thanks to Morning Star, I have a home and my family lives under one roof.

I still visit the program to let them know of my progress. My goal is to be fully self-supported. I know there will be obstacles ahead of me. But I am prepared to take it one day at a time.

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.

Shana’s Story

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96%

of 12th graders in SCO's Family Foster Care program graduated high school, with 65% enrolled in post-secondary education

148

students in our transfer high schools who were at risk of dropping out graduated with a Regents diploma