SCO Madonna Heights Opens New Library for Clients and Staff
September 25, 2019 / Madonna Heights News
SCO’s Bagatelle Library at Madonna Heights is officially open to all SCO clients and staff. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was a grand success! Thanks to our supporters and hardworking volunteers for donating books and converting the room into an incredible space.
The library was named after the mansion where it is located which was known as “Bagatelle”. Originally built by William K. Vanderbilt, Bagatelle was purchased by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd along with the land surrounding it which would later become Madonna Heights.
Prior to its conversion into a library, the space was used to store boxes and furniture – until staff members saw the potential for a better way to utilize it. They worked with the Madonna Heights maintenance staff to clear the space and with volunteers to paint, clean and convert the room into a library.
A big thanks to The Books Fairies for donating 30 boxes of books as well as Scholastic and individual donors for their dedication to keeping the shelves stocked with a wide variety of books. Special thanks to the Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group for volunteering their time to clean and decorate the space, and volunteers from our Westbrook Preparatory School and the Madonna Heights Group Residence.
Last year, we placed
youth in employment, subsidized employment or internships
4 out of 5
runaway or homeless youth leaving our transitional living programs are engaged in educational pursuits or gainful employment