Shana’s Story

I have been challenged with addiction for 10 years, and have been in and out of outpatient treatment and detox several times – but I would always relapse.

When I arrived at Morning Star, I was at the lowest point in my life. Things were spiraling out of control. My four children had been taken from me and placed in foster care with a family member. And then I learned that I was 5 months pregnant.

I arrived with the worst attitude in the world. I was just so angry all the time. But at Morning Star, I started to reflect and gain clarity. I realized that I was hurt and angry with myself. And that’s when the healing began. Everything had been a fight up to that point. But I had nowhere to run – I had to face my problems.

Morning Star helped save my life. They never gave up on me.

Every interaction with my counselor and every staff member helped prepare me to re-enter the world clean and ready to thrive.

I attended treatment 5 days a week, attended a medical assistant program, and became certified in a workforce development program for nontraditional roles for women. And I learned that I am worth it! From now on, I show up, set up, and remain teachable.

When my baby, Liliana, was born, I can’t express how much the onsite child care at Morning Star II helped in my recovery. It made it possible for me to go to treatment, attend school, and focus on me. The structure kept me accountable for being a parent and prepared e for the real world.

I knew I was finally on a path to a better life when I left Morning Star. The court saw the improvements in me, too, and my children came back home to me. I never thought that would happen. Today, thanks to Morning Star, I have a home and my family lives under one roof.

I still visit the program to let them know of my progress. My goal is to be fully self-supported. I know there will be obstacles ahead of me. But I am prepared to take it one day at a time.

Daniel’s Story

At 24, Daniel has overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. Born with developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues, and addicted to drugs, Daniel entered foster care as an infant. He was adopted as a toddler by a loving mother who tragically passed away just a few years later. Daniel’s aunt cared for him until his needs eventually became too difficult for her to manage on her own. That’s when he was introduced to SCO.

When he was 15, Daniel came to SCO’s Extraordinary Needs group home, where specially-trained staff provide care, guidance, and a home-like experience for adolescents with developmental disabilities. At first, Daniel was reserved and had trouble communicating. But as time went on, Daniel gained confidence and found his voice – literally – while attending singing and performance workshops. Daniel

Since then, his progress has been nothing short of remarkable. Daniel is now able to talk and has become quite the social butterfly. He loves to bowl, watch Jeopardy, and engage in community activities. A budding diplomat (and Mets fan), he even attended a Yankees game with his housemates, although he refused to cheer.

Daniel is open and honest and has become a model resident. He’s a meticulous dresser who always puts his best foot forward. “That’s how we do it at SCO,” he says. Often referred to as the mayor of the house, Daniel keeps track of everything and everyone, advocating for himself and his peers.

As Daniel transitions to adulthood, SCO remains by his side with the supports he needs for a bright future. Last year, Daniel moved into a new SCO Individual Residential Alternative (IRA), a residence designed specifically for adults with challenges like his. Here Daniel continues to receive services, supports, and encouragement to live a full and independent life. New routines, new friends, and new adventures lay in store for Daniel, who is navigating his new surroundings like a pro.

Virtual After School Programs: Brooklyn – Register Today!

During the pandemic, SCO offers Virtual After School programming for students in grades K-8 living in Brooklyn. SCO’s Virtual After School Programs offer online homework assistance and a variety of activities that enrich students’ education, fosters their academic achievement, and prepares them for future success. Our online programs feature live and recorded activities that allow students to participate at their convenience. The Virtual After School Programs are an essential resource for working families, providing a safe and enriching environment during out-of-school hours. Students living anywhere in Brooklyn can participate in SCO’s Virtual After School Programs.

Program Activities

  • Visual Arts
  • Virtual Gaming
  • Dance & Fitness
  • STEM
  • Homework Assistance
  • Theater & Storytelling
  • Restorative Circles
  • Youth Leadership

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Virtual After School Programs in Brooklyn 

SCO at PS 5: 820 Hancock St., Brooklyn, NY 11221
Grades K-5

SCO at PS 81: 990 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11221
Grades K-5

SCO at East New York Middle School of Excellence: 605 Shephard Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11208
Grades 6-8

SCO at PS/IS 41: 411 Thatford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11212
Grades 6-8

SCO at Beacon at MS 35: 272 MacDonough St., Brooklyn, NY 11233
Grades K-8

 

 

Shana’s Story

"Morning Star helped save my life. They never gave up on me."

I know there will be obstacles ahead of me. But I am prepared to take it one day at a time. Learn More

Daniel’s Story

Finding his voice - literally - at SCO's residence for adults with developmental disabilities

New routines, new friends, and new adventures lay in store for Daniel. Learn More

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