Manuel’s Story

Manuel is a man with a plan. He loves to cook and aspires to be a chef at a 5-star restaurant one day. Until then, he hones his skills at home preparing his children’s favorite meals each week. A hard-working, single father of three teenagers, ‘family first’ is his mantra and guiding force through good times and bad.

When a series of unfortunate events caused Manuel to lose his job, fall behind in rent, and eventually lose his apartment, he worried about his kids, he worried for himself; he needed to find a way to keep his family together.

Manuel and his children moved into SCO’s Flushing Family Residence in Brooklyn to help him get back on his feet. Manuel recalls, “They gave us a second chance at life. SCO provided me with a roof over my head, access to food pantries, and even provided us with fun and recreation that lifted our spirits.”

While at the shelter, the family received counseling, housing services, and family support services to ease the transition. Manuel laid out a clear path for his family. His goal was to “find us a home, build a foundation, and get the kids in school.” He wasted no time in setting that plan in action. Manuel found steady employment working at a men’s shelter, which he recalls “opened my eyes and pushed me to want to be better and do better for my family.” Staff helped Manuel find an apartment suitable for his large family and their cat Patrick, who had been living with a friend. And all three children settled into their new schools and new life.

“SCO is heaven sent,” exclaimed Manuel. “I am able to do more for my family now and live a productive life.”

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Courtlandt Avenue Clinic

The SCO Courtlandt Avenue Clinic provides person-centered, outpatient mental health treatment services to children, youth, adults and families located in the Mott Haven/Melrose sections of the Bronx. Trained mental health therapists provide group, individual, family and couples therapies, using trauma-informed and culturally sensitive models. The clinic also offers short-term intensive Care Management Coordination for high-risk clients impacted by homelessness with a recent history of hospitalizations or emergency room visits for mental health.

Who Can Benefit from this Program

Children and Families experiencing mental health issues

Age Criteria

5 -60 years of age

How to Access this Program or Service

Walk in intakes or referral from a hospital or Social Service provider

 

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Manuel’s Story

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