SCO Family of Services’ United for Brownsville Featured in Robin Hood’s “Heroes of New York” Celebration
December 7, 2020 / SCO News
United for Brownsville, a program of SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of essential human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island, was highlighted in Robin Hood’s “Heroes of New York” primetime television special which celebrated the’ impact of the extraordinary generosity and resilience of New Yorkers. The special event featured innovative and dedicated individuals and organizations who have continued to help our neighbors in need. The citywide, star-studded, one-hour show shed a light on the selfless efforts by New Yorkers from all walks of life to bring awareness and provide assistance to those who have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19. Notable appearances included: Governor Andrew Cuomo, Al Pacino, Ryan Seacrest, Mariah Carey, and more – all gathered to show the support of programs like SCO Family of Service’s United for Brownsville.
United for Brownsville, a partnership of SCO Family of Services and Community Solutions, is a collaborative of families and professionals working to launch local, innovative solutions to improve the language and social-emotional development of children aged 0-3 in Brownsville, Brooklyn. For the primetime special, Robin Hood highlighted the story of Athenia Rodney, a member of United for Brownsville’s Family Advisory Board and the recent hire of SCO, with a look into her and her family’s journey to the present.
From Robin Hood: Athenia is a wife, mother of three, entrepreneur, change-maker, and a member of United for Brownsville’s Family Advisory Board (FAB). The FAB is a group of resident leaders who steer the work of United for Brownsville — a collaboration between SCO Family of Services and Community Solutions — to create a more equitable early childhood system in their community. As the pandemic hit, Athenia stepped into a new role as a staff member of United for Brownsville, where she has worked to create resource guides, virtual learning sessions for children, support groups for families, and more, to create community-led solutions for her neighbors.
Keith Little, President & CEO of SCO Family of Services, was proud to see Athenia and United for Brownville showcased, and remarked, “It is a testament to the hard work, ingenuity, and countless hours spent finding meaningful solutions to community issues through community members. Athenia, and all of United for Brownsville’s community members, are an example of the positive, tangible good that comes when a community has a seat at the table to find solutions that directly affect them.”
To learn more about United for Brownsville and all that they do in Brooklyn, please visit https://www.unitedforbrownsville.org.
of residents in our group homes for adults with developmental disabilities attended Day Habilitation and receive vocational services
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