SCO News

For Bronx Librarian, Bringing Books to Homeless Children Inspires Hope

December 20, 2016 / SCO News

December 19, 2016 – Bronx, NY – Lester Holt did a wonderful story on the NBC Nightly News featuring our Crotona Family Residence’s Reading Literacy Program. A manager from the Morrisania Branch Library, Colbert Nembhard, visits the shelter every Wednesday collaborating with our staff to engage toddlers though reading, sing…

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SCO Welcomes NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariňa to Announce Homeless Shelter Reading Program

December 8, 2016 / SCO News

December 8, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY  SCO Family of Services welcomed NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariňa to our Flushing Family Residence in Brooklyn yesterday as she announced the Afterschool Reading Club (ARC), a brand new literacy enrichment pilot for elementary school students living in shelters. Chancellor Fariňa also took time…

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A New Forever Family

November 28, 2016 / SCO News

Queens, NY – November is National Adoption Month, a collective, national effort to raise awareness of adoption. Each year, SCO finds forever families for more than 100 children…like Heaven. Heaven (2nd from left) was officially adopted by Ketsy Rhodes (left) on November 15th at the Queens County Courthouse with the…

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A Fresh Start – Angela’s Story

October 31, 2016 / Madonna Heights News

Dix Hills, NY – Angela had been struggling with substance abuse for some time when she lost custody of her 2-1/2-year-old daughter. Determined to do whatever it took to get her back, Angela checked into a rehab center where she learned of SCO’s Morning Star program. Morning Star offers residential…

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Family Dynamics Goes to Ellis Island

October 21, 2016 / SCO News

New York, NY – Our friends at Garden of Dreams and the New York Rangers treated the children from SCO Family Dynamics’ after school program at MS 35 to a fun and educational trip to Ellis Island. The kids boarded the ferry…

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NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

October 17, 2016 / SCO News

Brooklyn, NY – The Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past ten years. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages and dignified…

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SCO Family of Services Holds 3rd Annual Taft Academy Conference

September 28, 2016 / SCO News

Event Attracts over 300 Clinicians, Educators, and Direct Service Professionals Glen Cove, NY (September 28, 2016) – SCO Family of Services, a provider of essential human services for over 100 years, hosted the third in a series of annual professional development conferences for staff working with children, youth, and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities.  This year’s free SCO Taft Academy Conference, held September 20 and 21 at The Inn at New Hyde Park, attracted over 300 social workers, clinicians, case managers, educators, direct support professionals and other staff from SCO’s programs across New York City and Long Island.  Due to its popularity and relevance to today’s industry needs, the event was expanded to include participants from human services organizations throughout the metro area. SCO’s Executive Director Douglas O’Dell kicked off the event by thanking the attendees for providing “the right combination of support, guidance, and care that makes the difference between a life of hardship and a life of promise” for people with developmental disabilities and special needs.

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SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School Students Ready2Learn as They Welcome NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano

September 23, 2016 / SCO News

Westbury, NY – Excited to begin the new school year, students and staff at SCO Family of Services’ Westbrook Preparatory School proudly hosted a recent visit by New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano. September 16th was designated as Ready2Learn Day, a statewide day of outreach for special education schools like…

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SCO Raises $446,000 at Annual Golf Open Honoring Thomas Fanning, Dennis Hackett, and Craig Treiber

September 22, 2016 / SCO News

Funds to Support Vulnerable Youth, Families, and Adults with Specialized Needs (September 22, 2016 - Glen Cove, NY) More than 170 golfers teed off on September 12 for the SCO Treiber Memorial Golf Open, raising nearly $450,000 to support the work of SCO Family of Services, a provider of human services for over 100 years. The funds will be used to help SCO Family of Services provide vital services to more than 55,000 vulnerable children, teens, families, and adults with special needs each year across Long Island and New York City. Golfers were treated to a picture perfect day as they hit the greens at two of the area’s premier golf courses – Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove and The Creek in Locust Valley. Golf was followed by a cocktail hour and dinner program at The Creek’s Beach House. SCO honored three individuals at the Open for their commitment to the agency’s mission and those it serves: Thomas J. Fanning Sr., H. Craig Treiber, and Dennis Hackett. All three gentlemen are long-time supporters of the agency and have worked together over the years to make the golf event the success it has become. New York State Assembly Member Chad Lupinacci of the 10th Assembly District presented citations to the honorees for their service to SCO and children and families throughout the metropolitan area.

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Early Education Stretches into Summer

August 18, 2016 / SCO News

Three- and four-year-olds at our Jerome Hardeman Early Childhood Education Center have been learning, reading and playing together all summer long, thanks to the generosity of the Sirus Fund, whose financial backing made our full-day Summer Extension Program a reality. And after saying their ABC’s, our young learners are saying, “Om,” stretching…

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SCO Family of Services Welcomes Heath Bloch as Chief Operating Officer

August 11, 2016 / SCO News

Brooklyn, NY SCO Family of Services, a provider of human services for more than 100 years, announced that social services nonprofit leader Heath Bloch, LCSW will join SCO’s Executive Cabinet in the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). “We are impressed by Heath’s demonstrated executive leadership, strategic planning and execution, and operational management abilities, as well as his clear commitment to SCO’s mission, and look forward to having him join SCO’s leadership team,” said SCO Executive Director Douglas O’Dell. As COO, Mr. Bloch will oversee the leadership managing the operations of the eight agency program divisions and partner with his colleagues on SCO’s Cabinet – the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Strategy Officer – to oversee and manage all of the agency’s administrative operations and systems.

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Madonna Heights’ Morning Star Program Helps Address Growing Need on Long Island

July 26, 2016 / Madonna Heights News

Long Island currently faces a worsening addiction crisis, as heroin use and prescription pill abuse surge to epidemic levels. The growing number of women in Suffolk and Nassau counties struggling with substance abuse/addiction make treatment programs more critically important than ever – particularly those tailored to the unique concerns of women in recovery, such as pregnancy, parenting, poverty and trauma…

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SCO Expands Juvenile Justice Programs

July 26, 2016 / Independent Youth News

SCO has recently opened the Young Adult Workforce Program for young men and women, ages 18-21 who are currently incarcerated at Rikers Island. Run in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Correction and with funding from the NYC Dept. of Education, the goal is to work with the young people both…

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Congrats 2016 SCO Grads!

July 25, 2016 / Independent Youth News

CONGRATULATIONS!!! The past month was filled with graduations and moving up ceremonies throughout SCO as students received diplomas, awards and certificates in recognition of their amazing achievements!  Here are highlights from just a few of our programs:

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Madonna Heights Ladies Golf Classic 2016

June 17, 2016 / Madonna Heights News

It was a gorgeous day for golf as supporters hit the links for our 36th Annual Madonna Heights Ladies Golf Classic! Thanks to our participants and sponsors for making it such a success and congratulations to this year’s Madonna Heights Spirit Award winner Vicki DeLaurentis!

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