SCO News

Lots to Celebrate at the Theresa Paplin School

July 18, 2023 / Independent Youth News

SCO’s Theresa Paplin School (TPS) celebrated the end of the year with traditional culmination activities with a twist: an End of Year Dance (PROM), Field Day, and Moving Up Ceremony (Graduation.) This year’s Prom was held in the Theresa Paplin School auditorium. Students enjoyed an afternoon of dancing and delights…

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Oyster Bay Youth Donates Health Kits to Morning Star Program

July 18, 2023 / Madonna Heights News

William Bodian, a sophomore from Oyster Bay, donated over 50 Health Kits for residents at our Morning Star program for women in recovery. Each kit included a first-aid kit, face mask, hand sanitizer, hand soap, hand cream and more. He also donated diaper bags that included diapers, bottles, blankets, baby…

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SCO Youth Dabble in Graffiti Art

July 11, 2023 / Independent Youth News

SCO welcomed Bronx-based graffiti artist KayLove to lead a beginner workshop about the history, culture, and importance of graffiti to our youth. Each participant created their own name tag written in graffiti form and colored it in. KayLove, who is also a screen printer (, shared some of her works…

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Discovering the World of Sculpture

July 7, 2023 / Independent Youth News

Twenty SCO youth attended a sculpting class recently on our Ottilie campus in Briarwood, Queens. Renowned local artist Sherwin Banfield led the class, teaching the basics of clay sculpting. The students were tasked with creating masks. They carefully followed along as Sherwin demonstrated how to shape and sculpt with clay…

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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience

June 29, 2023 / SCO News

Led by CARE, SCO’s Committee Advocating Racial Equity, SCO staff participated in different Juneteenth activities throughout the month of June honoring the resilience of the Black community, SCO’s employees, and the people and communities we serve. CARE Book Club Recommendation The CARE Book Club recommendation was a way…

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June 29, 2023 / Independent Youth News

June is PRIDE Month and youth and staff throughout SCO Family of Services celebrated. 4th Annual Pride at the Heights On June 22nd, Madonna Heights held their “4th Annual PRIDE Event at the Heights.” All programs on the Madonna Heights campus were invited as well as our Westbrook Preparatory…

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Congratulations, Graduates!

June 28, 2023 / Independent Youth News

From early childhood moving up ceremonies to high school graduations, we celebrated children and youth throughout SCO for reaching these important milestones. Congratulations to all of our graduates!…

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Central Business Systems Honors SCO Family of Services in Special Subway Series Presentation

June 20, 2023 / SCO News

Garden City, NY, June 15, 2023 – Central Business Systems honored SCO Family of Services with a special donation check presentation of $20,000 during an on-field ceremony prior to the Mets-Yankees game at Citi Field on June 14th. The presentation was part of Central Business Systems’ 75th Anniversary celebration at…

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SCO Family of Services Raises $160,000 at Madonna Heights Golf Classic

June 14, 2023 / Independent Youth News

DIX HILLS, NY – SCO Family of Services held its 42nd Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic at the Woodside Club in Muttontown, Long Island. This year’s event raised $160,000 to support the vital work of Madonna Heights to teach, strengthen, and empower young and adult women to heal from trauma.

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A Peek Behind the Scenes of “Sherri”

June 13, 2023 / Independent Youth News

A young adult in SCO’s Forward Journey program recently attended a taping of “Sherri,” Sherri Shepherd’s daytime talk show, in Manhattan, accompanied by SCO’s Mentored Internship Program Coordinator. This was his first experience on-set as a member of a live studio audience. He got to see what happens behind the…

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“Stronger Dads, Brighter Futures” Event Provides Resources and Support for Fathers

June 13, 2023 / SCO News

SCO’s Fathers’ Program held its first annual “Stronger Dads, Brighter Futures” event on May 23rd at the Billie Holiday Theater in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Twenty-two fathers currently enrolled in the Fathers’ Program were in attendance, many accompanied by their children. The event was an opportunity to present information, resources and support to…

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Remembering Ed Stack

June 13, 2023 / SCO News

The Board of Directors and Staff of SCO Family of Services mourn the passing of our dear friend and devoted Board Member Edward Stack. For over two decades, Ed served the agency with great purpose and commitment, helping to build a stronger foundation for New York’s children and families. Ed…

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Fordham University Highlights Theresa Paplin School’s Dream Factory

May 25, 2023 / SCO News

The Fordham University Center for Educational Partnerships recently highlighted The Dream Factory, an in-house printing and engraving shop run by staff and students at SCO’s Theresa Paplin School in Queens, in their April newsletter. The Theresa Paplin School is a non-diploma bound, New York State certified special…

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Central Business Systems to Honor SCO Family of Services in Special Subway Series Presentation

May 23, 2023 / SCO News

Central Business Systems (Central), a longtime supporter of SCO Family of Services, will honor and present a $20,000 donation to SCO during a special on-field ceremony prior to the Mets-Yankees game at Citi Field on June 14th. The presentation will be part of Central’s 75th Anniversary celebration at the game.

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SCO Family of Services to Honor Community Care Rx President/Chairman of the Board Hossam Maksoud at the 42nd Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic

May 19, 2023 / Madonna Heights News

SCO Family of Services will honor Hossam Maksoud at their 42nd Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic at Woodside Club in Muttontown, NY on June 5th. Dr. Maksoud is the President/Chairman of the Board of Community Care Rx, a unique long-term pharmacy that provides comprehensive pharmacy services to assisted living facilities,…

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