Selena’s Story

Selena first came to SCO’s Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program, in August 2017. This program provides housing and transitional services for young adults who have been in foster care and are at-risk of homelessness. Selena, who had been in foster care since age 9, was dealing with a lot of family and personal issues. She was feeling frustrated and depressed. The tipping point came when her biological father passed away.

As a way to help cope with her loss, Selena decided to write a book about her experience. She hoped sharing her experience might inspire others…turning her personal tragedy into something positive. Ever resourceful, Selena wrote her entire book on her cell phone and uploaded it onto Amazon where it is currently sold as a Kindle format e-book.

Selena’s entrepreneurial spirit had been unleashed. Following her book, Selena developed her own podcast where she talks about life issues and how she has dealt with them in the hopes of motivating others. Since establishing her podcast last year, she has attracted over 20,000 followers worldwide.

She didn’t stop there. Selena then decided that she wanted to sell merchandise with inspirational messages. She started her own online t-shirt company – printing, packaging and shipping orders out of her apartment.

Selena has found her calling. She has found healing through sharing her story and inspiring others and she has experienced personal growth in the process.

SCO staff are encouraging her to utilize her abilities and resilience to pursue her education. In doing so, Selena will be able to use her knowledge to promote and expand her budding enterprises and find other employment opportunities to help her as she transitions to independent living.

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Family Support Program – Bedford Stuyvesant

SCO partners with families to prevent crises and enhance family well-being. Based on the evidence-informed Family Connections model, our home-based Family Support Program provides families with supportive services, counseling and advocacy, helping them strengthen relationships and develop resources to solve problems.

Who Can Benefit from this Program

Families with children birth to 18 who are in crisis and who would benefit from supportive counseling, advocacy and other services to help stabilize their families and improve overall functioning.

Eligibility Requirements

Families are referred by the New York City Administration for Children Services (ACS) or other community referrals.

Family Service Program 1 serves: Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope/Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights and Flatbush/Midwood

Family Service Program 4 serves: Greenpoint/Williamsburg and Bedford Stuyvesant

How to Access this Program or Service

Contact the program director at 917-966-4606

Success Stories

Selena’s Story

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91%

of women in our residential recovery program remained substance free

87%

of young adults in foster care (18+) are enrolled in school or working

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