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.

Holiday Giving 2018

 

Help make this holiday season merry and bright for the babies, children, youth and adults who need us most.

Here are 6 ways you can support:

1. Give to SCO – Your support helps us provide life-changing services year-round.

2. Donate toys and more to our Holiday Gift Drive – Visit our Target Holiday Registry

3. Adopt a Program – Find out how your business or community group can adopt one of our programs for the holidays
For more information about our Holiday Gift Drive or how you or your organization can adopt a program, please contact Marnie Katzman at 631.643.8800 x0155 or mkatzman@sco.org

4. Shop Amazon Smile – Amazon will donate to SCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. Choose SCO Foundation as your charity at https://smile.amazon.com/
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the more you shop the more you help the children and families we serve. Remember to sign up at smile.amazon.com and select SCO Foundation.

5. Like us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – Connect with on social media and see how we’re making a difference every day.

6. Remember SCO on #GivingTuesday – Follow us on social media and see why everyone loves being a part of the SCO Family in our #iamSCOFamily video series.  And help us move the bar on our Facebook fundraiser! We’re raising $5,000 to help New Yorkers who need us most.

Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours!

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