SCO News

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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Jetson Electric Visits FirstStepNYC to Help “Read for the Record”

November 5, 2018 / SCO News

Our friends from Jetson Electric paid a visit to our FirstStepNYC Early Childhood Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn this morning to read the children’s book “Maybe Something Beautiful” to our kids. The reading and related activities that followed were part of Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record”, an annual childhood literacy event…

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NYC Councilman Reynoso Visits SCO’s Flushing Family Residence

November 2, 2018 / SCO News

NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso visited our Family Flushing Residence, a family shelter located in Brooklyn, where he met with SCO and NYC Department of Homeless Services staff to discuss how he can better support the program and help SCO build partnerships in the local community. Following a discussion, Councilman…

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Weaving Excellence: The 5th Annual SCO Conference

November 2, 2018 / SCO News

We held our 5th Annual SCO Conference Oct. 23-24th bringing together direct support professionals, human services workers, clinicians and leaders from programs throughout SCO to network, learn and be inspired. The theme: Weaving Excellence: A Fabric of Best Practice, was highlighted in breakout sessions and by Dr. Bertice Berry, sociologist,…

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Assemblywoman Davila Visits SCO’s Bethany Program

November 2, 2018 / SCO News

Assemblywoman Maritza Davila paid a visit to our Bethany Program for teen mothers in foster care. Assemblywoman Davila’s generous support funded renovations to our Brooklyn facility giving our families a brighter space in which to thrive. Thank you, Assemblywoman Davila, for supporting our programs and inspiring our young moms!…

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96%

of 12th graders in SCO's Family Foster Care program graduated high school, with 65% enrolled in post-secondary education

93%

of graduates at SCO's high school for over-age, under-credited students received a NYS Regent's diploma.