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.


Upcoming Events: Join Us!

October 10, 2018 – Treiber Golf Outing – The Creek & Piping Rock Clubs

Recent Events

June 14, 2018 – SCO Annual Benefit – The Carltun, East Meadow

April 23, 2018 – Family Dynamics Art Auction – Lightbox, NYC

November 28, 2017 – Giving TuesdayLearn more

Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, 2017 – Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity® (Reception at Alice and Olivia Dec. 1st)Learn more

November 9, 2017 – Family Dynamics Mentor Event – Brooklyn BreweryPhotos

October 11, 2017 – Treiber Memorial Golf OutingPhotos and info

June 19, 2017 – Madonna Heights 37th Annual Golf ClassicLearn more

May 25, 2017 – Center for Family Life Celebrating Community EventLearn more

May 11, 2017 – SCO Family of Services Annual BenefitLearn more

April 19, 2017 – Family Dynamics Art AuctionPhotos

March 29, 2017 – Madonna Heights Ladies Auxiliary Theater Night

January 24, 2017 – 11th Annual Sister Mary Geraldine Symposium: Cultivating ConsciousnessMore info

December 6, 2016 – Madonna Heights Dotty’s House Luncheon

December 1-4, 2016 – Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity® – Learn more

November 4, 2016 – Madonna Heights Ladies Auxiliary SoulCycle Charity RideLearn more

September 20 & 21, 2016 – 3rd Annual Taft Academy ConferencePhotos & info

September 12, 2016 – Treiber Memorial Golf OpenPhotos & info

June 13, 2016 – Madonna Heights Ladies Golf ClassicPhotos & info

May 26, 2016 – Center for Family Life Celebrating CommunityE-journal & info

April 26, 2016 – Family Dynamics Art Auction & Cocktail PartyPhotos & info

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Shana’s Story

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