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.”


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

For more information about SCO events, please call Michelle Gutmann at 516.953.1872 or email

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Manuel’s Story

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