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SCO “Reads for the Record” to Celebrate Literacy

October 22, 2014 / SCO News

Parents, staff and guests including Sophia Pappas, Executive Director of Early Childhood NYC Department of Education, read the children’s book Bunny Cakes to the kids at our four Early Childhood Education Centers yesterday as part of Read for the Record – a national campaign to celebrate literacy. Bunny Cakes, by bestselling author Rosemary Wells, features bunny siblings Max & Ruby as they attempt to create the perfect birthday cake for grandma. Jumpstart's Read for the Record annual literacy campaign started in 2006 and has mobilized millions of children and adults to participate in the largest shared reading experience in the country.

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Family Dynamics Mentoring Program builds relationships that matter

October 16, 2014 / Independent Youth News

Jada Wade was eight when she took her first field trip in Family Dynamics’ Mentoring Program. She was paired with volunteer Ray Siegel, a first-time mentor, and the two –now ages 11 and 30 – have been inseparable on every trip since. Family Dynamics’ Mentoring Program matches 25 children in its school-based programs with adult professionals who accompany the young people on monthly outings to recreational and cultural sites in New York City. It gives the kids a chance to establish relationships with their mentors while enjoying new experiences. On Oct.23rd, SCO will hold the annual Youth Mentoring Program fundraiser at the Gilded Lily in Manhattan – please join us!

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SCO Family of Services Announces Gail B. Nayowith to Step Down and Douglas O’Dell to Become Interim Executive Director 

October 10, 2014 / SCO News

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 10, 2014 - The SCO Family of Services Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Chief Program Officer Douglas O'Dell to serve as its Interim Executive Director, effective November 1st, 2014. The Board has formed a search committee and has engaged Korn Ferry to conduct a national search for the next Executive Director, which will begin immediately. After serving with distinction as SCO’s Executive Director for four years, Gail B. Nayowith began discussions with the Board during the summer about not renewing her contract and has been actively working with the Board to ensure a smooth transition. “The Board wishes Gail great success in all her future endeavors,” said Board Chair Kelly L. Williams. “We appreciate her leadership during a period of extensive change and growth, and her commitment to achieving excellence in all that SCO does for the people we serve. I know she will be missed.”

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SCO Receives COA Reaccreditation

October 2, 2014 / SCO News

SCO has received official notice of reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA), the independent nonprofit child and family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. Reaccreditation is “a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that your organization is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards and,…

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SCO Queens Single Stop 411 Day

September 25, 2014 / SCO News

Community organizations and local leaders gathered in Corona, Queens September 24th for SCO Queens Single Stop 411 Day to learn and share information about the services available to area residents. Thanks to Friends of Corona Plaza, The Legal Aid Society, Make the Road New York, MetroPlus, and The Samaritan Village Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program for partnering with us to hold such a successful, informative event.

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Join us for our 2014 Family Dynamics’ Youth Mentoring Program Fundraiser, Sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon

September 22, 2014 / SCO News

Venue: Gilded Lily, 408 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011 Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Time: 8pm-11pm Hosts: James Maher, Katie Koh, Matt Sussman, Jeremy Harper.. and more!! Tickets: $100 Includes open bar and light fare. The Family Dynamics’ Youth Mentoring Program matches youth ages 7-12 with young professionals – all volunteers – who act as mentors and role models throughout the year. The youth and their mentors took a number of exciting trips this year including visits to Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn Bowl, the American Museum of Natural History and Wollman Rink for ice skating in Central Park. Proceeds from the October 23, 2014 fundraiser will support the Family Dynamics’ Youth Mentoring Program's annual activities.

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Calling All Community Based Organizations: Learn More About the NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

September 22, 2014 / SCO News

SCO Family of Services’ Center for Family Life (CFL) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past eight years. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages and dignified employment…

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Nourishing body & soul at Madonna Heights’ Café Believe

September 18, 2014 / Independent Youth News

Homemade breakfast burritos, chocolate chip pancakes and strawberry smoothies served at a five-star table setting…Thursday morning breakfasts haven’t been the same since Café Believe opened at our Madonna Heights Residence in December 2012. What began as a challenge for the overnight staff to create an incentive for residents to complete their morning routines, has turned into a wonderful weekly homemade breakfast prepared and served to the residents by the overnight staff in a cozy campus kitchen.

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SCO celebrates “Dads Take Your Child to School Day”

September 16, 2014 / SCO News

Fathers were the focus at our early childhood centers today during “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” – highlighting the important role fathers play in their children’s lives and education. “I took time off this morning to come here with my daughter,” said one dad named Steven. “It’s important for us to spend quality time together.”

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SCO Celebrates 25th Annual Treiber Memorial Golf Open

September 9, 2014 / SCO News

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the SCO Family of Services' Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Outing, hundreds of SCO supporters turned out Monday to golf, socialize with old friends and dine beach-side at The Creek. The event took place September 8, 2014, beginning with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, NY and The Creek Club in Locust Valley, NY.

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CFL & Golden Steps meet with City Council Speaker’s office

September 5, 2014 / SCO News

SCO's Center for Family Life and members of the "Golden Steps" worker cooperative met Thursday with staff from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's office to discuss CFL's implementation of initiatives funded by the Council for FY15 to incubate worker cooperatives in low-income NYC neighborhoods and develop new cooperatives in Brooklyn's immigrant communities.

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SCO Goes Back to School

September 4, 2014 / Independent Youth News

There was laughter, a few tears and a lot of excitement this week across SCO Family of Services’ schools in New York City and on Long Island as some 1,300 children began a new academic year at SCO’s four Early Childhood Education Centers, three transfer high schools in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, and five residential and special education schools in Queens, the Bronx and on Long Island.

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Congratulations Andrei Williams-Hanna!

September 2, 2014 / Independent Youth News

For Andrei Williams-Hanna, an 18-year-old living in one of SCO’s LGBTQ group homes, there was never any question that he would go to college; his goal is to become a cardiologist. But Andrei, a native of Jamaica, needed help to pay for tuition. He was understandably devastated by the news that he had not been awarded any of the college scholarships for which he applied. He asked if he could give up his clothing allowance to offset the cost of tuition. “In all these disappointments, he never lost his cool, never made a scene and never got angry,” said SCO Transitional Specialist Zuleika Almanzar. Instead, Andrei remained focused, going on every possible program outing in hopes of meeting someone who could direct him toward a potential funding source. With the help of Almanzar and SCO LGBTQ Program Therapist Lili Glauber, he pursued every available lead.

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CFL’s “Life Lines” Visual Arts Troupe “Capturing Memories” in New Mural

August 27, 2014 / Independent Youth News

Center for Family Life's “Life Lines” Visual Arts Troupe had the opportunity to present a piece of artwork at the Dedalus Foundation Gallery in Sunset Park’s Industry City on August 14th. High school students worked collaboratively to research ideas, draft images and ultimately create the 8' x 4' canvas mural, which depicts a family looking out over Sunset from the vantage point of the park. The mural, titled “Capturing Memories,” depicts students, their families and images along the horizon, representing the Sunset Park community. “The park symbolizes family, togetherness and memories,” said Stephanie Yu, one of the students. “Sunset Park is a tight-knit community and the mural was created to represent that closeness.”

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OPWDD Field Day/BBQ

August 21, 2014 / SCO News

It was Field Day in Jamaica, Queens yesterday for the residents and staff of our homes for adults with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn and Queens. Tug-of-war, relay races, water fights and even few pies in a few faces made for a fun, festive atmosphere on a picture-perfect day. “We wanted to get everyone together out in the community to enjoy themselves outside of their normal routines,” said Program Manager Michael Spivey, who helped organize this first ever event. “This is like our extended SCO family.”

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93%

of adults with developmental disabilities living in SCO’s IRAs (group homes) made meaningful connections by participating in community inclusion activities

90%

of residents in our NYC shelters were successfully discharged to stable housing

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