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Madonna Heights School Class of 2019 Celebrates Graduation!

February 7, 2019 / SCO News

When it comes to graduation, it is kind of a big deal. Graduation is a time to self-reflect on how far you’ve come, and it is a time to start thinking about the future. It is the end to an old chapter and the beginning of a new one. Our…

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Arjun’s Success Story

January 31, 2019 / SCO News

When Arjun joined SCO’s Individual Residential Alternatives program in 2014, his developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges greatly impacted his ability to function. They were so severe that he could not be in crowds, public spaces, and was unable to…

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SCO Family of Services Welcomes Six New Members to its Board of Directors

January 25, 2019 / SCO News

SCO Family of Services is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to its Board of Directors.  These distinguished business leaders will help SCO advance its mission of helping New Yorkers build a stronger foundation for the future. The new Board Members are: James Beha II – Partner in the…

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United for Brownsville Receives Grant to Support Childhood Literacy

January 23, 2019 / SCO News

United for Brownsville (UB) has been awarded a $95,000 grant from The Sirus Fund to support implementation of the Discover Together: Brownsville initiative. Discover Together: Brownsville will create a neighborhood that seamlessly supports local children’s language and social-emotional development by transforming the places and spaces where children live, learn and…

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Speak Your Truth Open Mic

January 23, 2019 / SCO News

Last week, The Kite presented “Speak Your Truth Open Mic,” hosted by Octavia Yearwood, Author and Motivational Speaker. There is an old saying that “courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen,” and that was exactly what…

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Brownsville Women Entrepreneurs Hold First Annual Market Place

January 22, 2019 / SCO News

Our first ever Brownsville Women Entrepreneurs Market Place was a success! More than 30 women representing a variety of local businesses were on hand to showcase their products and services to a wider audience, learn how other businesses market themselves and network with other entrepreneurs. The Market Place was the…

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SCO WellBabies Project to Support Infants & Toddlers

January 22, 2019 / SCO News

SCO is excited to launch the WellBabies Project to promote resilience of babies and toddlers of young mothers in our Independence Inn and Bethany programs. These programs serve youth in foster care and runaway and homeless youth – young people who have experienced significant trauma and are at…

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Yale Child Study to Examine United for Brownsville Outcomes

January 22, 2019 / SCO News

United for Brownsville’s initiative, Discover Together: Brownsville, will be the focus for the newly created Yale Child Study Center-Scholastic Collaborative for Child & Family Resilience. Discover Together: Brownsville is a project to support the literacy and social and emotional learning of families with young children in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The Collaborative…

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Executive Director Keith Little Shares SCO’s Expertise at NYS Committee Hearing

January 22, 2019 / SCO News

Executive Director Keith Little testified at a recent NYS Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse hearing – providing his expertise and sharing SCO’s unique role in supporting women struggling with substance use and women and their children impacted by the opioid epidemic. “The demand for these types of services continues to grow,”…

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Pursuing a Dream – SCO Success Story

December 18, 2018 / SCO News

John, an adult with developmental disabilities, has been with SCO Family of Services for more than 20 years, starting in SCO’s Supported Apartment program. He eventually moved out and has lived independently in his own apartment for over 5 years with the support of an ISS Grant (housing subsidy) provided…

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Rangers Legend Adam Graves Delivers Coats to Flushing Shelter Families

November 28, 2018 / SCO News

NY Rangers legend Adam Graves together with the Garden of Dreams Foundation stopped by our Flushing Family Residence in Brooklyn on Nov. 15th to distribute brand new winter coats to the children and families in residence. Adam donated the coats -which arrived just in time for our first snowfall of…

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“Let’s Do Lunch Long Island” Honors SCO Partners

November 28, 2018 / SCO News

We held our “Let’s Do Lunch Long Island” event on Nov. 6th to recognize our valued partners who help make a difference in the lives of those in our care. Longtime partners Chem Rx Pharmacy Services, LLC and Whitsons Culinary Group were honored for their generous support of our agency…

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SCO Receives COA Re-Accreditation

November 28, 2018 / SCO News

We are excited to announce that SCO Family of Services has been re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent human service accrediting organization that promotes best practice standards. Re-accreditation is a huge achievement and it demonstrates that SCO continues to successfully implement high performance standards and…

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SCO Family of Services Celebrates Opening of Courtyard for Shelter Residents

November 27, 2018 / SCO News

SCO Family of Services celebrated the opening of the newly revitalized courtyard at El Camino Inn, a family shelter in Queens. The renovation project was sponsored by Zara Realty, a housing provider in Queens and Long Island, as a way to give back to the community. SCO hosted a cider…

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SCO’s Stephen Hanmer Speaks about the Need for School Transportation for Youth in Foster Care at NYC Committee Hearing

November 5, 2018 / SCO News

Stephen Hanmer, Director of Education and Permanency Support of SCO’s Foster Care program, spoke passionately at the NYC Council Education Committee Hearing about the need for transportation for youth in foster care to attend their school of origin. Stephen shared an example of a real case to emphasize the…

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