Kaitlyn’s Story

If you asked Kaitlyn years ago about how her experience at SCO’s Madonna Heights would help her grow, she wouldn’t have had an answer. Kaitlyn’s painful childhood meant being in and out of hospitals, group homes, and residential programs starting at just 8 years old. After her 16th birthday, she arrived at SCO’s Madonna Heights campus feeling angry, defiant, untrusting, and alone. Her struggle persisted – until everything changed for the better.

According to Kaitlyn, every single person she encountered at Madonna Heights made her feel human, loved, important, safe, and secure. She thrived for two years living on the Madonna Heights campus with a new support system focused on helping her achieve her personal, emotional, and academic goals. Today, Kaitlyn is overjoyed to use her life experiences to help guide the next generation of young women as a Youth Advocate at Madonna Heights.

Kaitlyn’s journey gave her the knowledge and insight to show people that no one is alone, to encourage them to advocate for themselves and to guide them on the path to finding their self-worth.

“Knowing my story can influence the story of another young girl which inspires me to give back,” said Kaitlyn.

 

 

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Intermediate Care Facilities

Located in Queens, our Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) are residences with 24-hour care for individuals with developmental disabilities that provide the highest level of care outside of a skilled nursing facility. A caring staff, including psychologists, nurses and clinicians attend to their physical, emotional, and educational needs. The individuals receive speech, occupational, and physical therapies, and enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities. They are also trained in all areas of daily living skills, with the goal of making each person as independent as possible.

Success Stories

John Brown

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Kaitlyn’s Story

Importance of having patience, letting go and expressing my feelings without action

“Knowing my story can influence the story of another young girl which inspires me to give back,” said Kaitlyn. Learn More

Last year, we placed

2,007

youth in employment, subsidized employment or internships

We inspire

8,200

children and teens through academic, after-school, summer and work readiness programs