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Family Dynamics Art Auction Most Successful Ever!

May 3, 2016 / Family Dynamics News

Family Dynamics’ 6th Annual Benefit Art Auction & Reception Raises Record Funds for After School Arts Programs for Brooklyn Youth More than 250 New York art enthusiasts contribute more than $146,000 to Brooklyn nonprofit NEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2016) – More than 250 local art lovers gathered at 91 Horatio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for the 6th Annual Family Dynamics Benefit Art Auction & Reception to raise awareness and funds for Family Dynamics’ after school art programs. In its highest-grossing year to date, the event raised more than $146,000 for the nonprofit, which serves children and families in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Crown Heights and East New York neighborhoods. The evening’s silent and live auctions featured artwork donated by 30 New York-based contemporary artists. Among the artists in attendance was Honorary Artist Chair, Vadis Turner, whose mixed media piece, entitled “Vessel and Smoke,” fetched the highest bid of the night. A fun and engaging paddle raise at the end of the live auction alone raised more than $10,000, which will go directly toward funding a year’s worth of art supplies and program materials.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

March 17, 2016 / Center for Family LIfe News

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 employment…

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Free Income Tax Support & Preparation Services at CFL

March 17, 2016 / Center for Family LIfe News

Center for Family Life has partnered with Food Bank for New York City to offer free income tax support and preparation through April 15th! Visit us for 100% FREE tax filing and financial support: Center for Family Life 443 39th Street, 1ST fl., Brooklyn, NY 11232 Office Schedule…

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SCO Family of Services Holds Second Annual Taft Academy Conference

February 29, 2016 / SCO News

An innovative and collective approach to staff and leadership development The SCO Taft Academy is a unique professional development initiative for 700 staff from SCO Family of Services working with children and youth with special needs who attend SCO’s five residential schools located in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Bronx counties. Through an array of staff development opportunities, the SCO Taft Academy advances high quality care for children and youth with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges, helping them reach the greatest degree of self-sufficiency, family engagement and community integration possible.

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SCO Supports Mayor’s Efforts to Improve Shelter Conditions

February 1, 2016 / SCO News

AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool SCO applauds Mayor Bill de Blasio for announcing an aggressive plan to inspect and fix New York City homeless shelter conditions. In the press release announcing this plan, SCO Executive Director Doug O'Dell made the following statement of support: “We thank the Mayor for his focus on improving shelter conditions, and the increased resources that will enhance our ability to provide safe, secure and homelike environments for homeless families and individuals. SCO stands ready to support the Mayor in this effort,” said Douglas O’Dell, Executive Director of SCO Family of Services. Read the full press release below.

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Mayor Announces SCO ED Doug O’Dell’s Appointment to NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board

January 28, 2016 / Independent Youth News

SCO is proud to announce that Mayor Bill de Blasio recently appointed SCO Executive Director Doug O'Dell to the newly created NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board. The Advisory Board offers valuable non-governmental expertise, relationships and resources to the City agencies that make up the Children's Cabinet, in order to help NYC best promote and protect children’s wellbeing. Members of the Board include appointees from all five boroughs in academia, faith, media, business, technology, the non-profit sector and the judiciary. In announcing the Advisory Board members, the de Blasio administration recognized Doug for bringing the following expertise: Douglas O’Dell is the Executive Director of SCO Family of Services where he has served in various other roles during his 24 years at the organization. He is an expert in the field of services to vulnerable populations of children, families and adults. During his time at SCO, he created SCO’s alternative to detention and placement programs serving court-involved youth in their homes with family-based therapy and community-based residences. He also launched the agency's Family Therapy Intervention Pilot which promotes families' acceptance of their LGBTQ children and provides services to reduce negative risk factors experienced by LGBTQ youth. Read the full press release below.

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SCO Thanks Mayor de Blasio for Commitment to Homeless & Runaway Youth

January 15, 2016 / Independent Youth News

SCO Executive Director Doug O'Dell praised Mayor Bill de Blasio for prioritizing the needs of homeless and runaway youth in New York City, stating in a recent press release announcing the City's plans to enhance services to address youth homelessness: "We applaud the Mayor for his encouragement of innovative initiatives to support homeless and runaway youth and young adults in New York City." Read the full announcement below.

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SCO Family of Services: Building a Brighter Future

January 6, 2016 / Independent Youth News

Each year, SCO Family of Services helps nearly 60,000 vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. Here are just three examples of the unconditional care and life-changing results SCO brings to all of the lives we touch.

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2015 Holiday Cheer at SCO

December 18, 2015 / Independent Youth News

Thank you to the many, many SCO supporters and friends who donated thousands of gifts, organized holiday celebrations or otherwise supported the children, youth, adults, families and communities we serve during this special time of year. Below is just a sample of the overwhelming generosity shown toward New Yorkers in need during this season of giving.

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Garden of Dreams Foundation and SCO Unveil Refurbished Gymnasium at Ottilie Residential Treatment Facility

December 10, 2015 / SCO News

Ribbon cutting ceremony included appearances from Knicks, Rangers and Liberty current and legendary players The Garden of Dreams Foundation unveiled a completely refurbished gymnasium at the SCO Family of Services, Ottilie Residential Treatment Facility in Briarwood, Queens on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Both current players and legends from the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony, emceed by MSG Network’s Al Trautwig, to celebrate improvements made to the gym. The newly transformed two-story space, which is the Foundation’s largest community project to date, features a new scoreboard, wall padding and gym floor with Garden of Dreams, Knicks, Liberty and SCO Family of Services logos, as well as new vinyl tile flooring on the balcony level, new lighting throughout the gym upgraded Lexan windows to provide natural light. Additionally, the entire facility has been painted and Garden of Dreams has also provided equipment including basketballs, floor hockey sticks, nets and balls, volleyballs and has even outfitted the facilities’ basketball team with brand new uniforms.

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SCO Family of Services Welcomes Mirna Daouk and Guy Moszkowski to Board of Directors

November 19, 2015 / SCO News

(November 19, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY) SCO Family of Services, one of the oldest and largest human service nonprofits in New York, welcomed two distinguished business leaders to the SCO Board of Directors: Mirna Daouk, Managing Director, CAO Strategy & Process Improvement for JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Guy Moszkowski, Managing Partner for Autonomous Research US, the U.S. unit of Autonomous Research LLP, London. “We are proud and excited to have Mirna and Guy join our Board,” said SCO Board Chair Kelly L. Williams. “They bring years of investment, technological and management expertise. Most important, both Mirna and Guy have a deep appreciation for the important work of SCO and a genuine desire to contribute their skills to helping fellow New Yorkers. SCO is laying great plans for 2016 and beyond and we truly welcome their experience and advice as the Board works with SCO’s leadership to advance the agency’s goals.” 

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ANNOUNCEMENT: NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

November 4, 2015 / SCO News

The Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past nine 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 through their cooperative…

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“Making the Connection: Economic Stability & Child Welfare” at our Sister Mary Geraldine Symposium

November 4, 2015 / SCO News

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Center for Family Life’s 2015 Sister Mary Geraldine Symposium for an important discussion on Making the Connection between Economic Stability and Child Welfare. Special thanks to Keynote Speaker Jennifer March of Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Moderator Jennifer Jones-Austin…

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SCO Family of Services to participate in Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity

November 4, 2015 / SCO News

From Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6, over 70 participating Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza stores will donate 25% of designated pre-tax purchases to the participating organization(s) of the customer’s choice. Purchases are not automatically eligible; you must register for a complimentary CHAMPION CARD. Simply designate SCO Family of Services as…

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SCO Supporters Tee Up for Life-Changing Results at the 2015 Treiber Memorial Golf Open

October 26, 2015 / SCO News

SCO supporters were out in force for our 26th annual Treiber Memorial Golf Classic October 22nd at The Creek in Locust Valley and Meadow Brook Club in Jericho. Golfers were greeted by sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures for the event which had been rescheduled from its original Sept. 10th date. Golf was followed by a reception at the waterfront Beach House at The Creek. Joe Deal, engineer and partner at Bohler Engineering, was honored for his involvement with SCO’s Madonna Heights program for more than 20 years. Proceeds from the event will support SCO programs for children, youth, families and adults in communities throughout New York City and Long Island.

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