Congratulations, Graduates!

Glen Cove, NY – June 30, 2017 – Graduations, Award Ceremonies, End-of-Year Performances…there was much to celebrate at SCO as the school year came to a close! Here are a few highlights:

Dreams became reality for the graduates of our three transfer high schools for over age, under-credited students: Bronx Arena High School, East Brooklyn Community High School and North Queens Community High School. The Class of 2017 received their Regents diplomas after overcoming obstacles and at times, self-doubt – persevering through hard work and determination.

Our Westbrook Preparatory School for teens with high functioning Autism celebrated the graduation of three youth who have become role models for their peers.

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Madonna Heights 37th Annual Golf Classic Raises Vital Funds for Women and Families

DIX HILLS, NY, June 29, 2017 – Friends of SCO Family of Services’ Madonna Heights programs teed up June 19th for the 37th Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic in Syosset, Long Island. The event, held at the Woodside Club, raised funds to support the vital work of Madonna Heights to teach, strengthen and empower young and adult women to heal from trauma.

Jessica Sweeney of Northport received the Madonna Heights Spirit Award for her outstanding commitment to the women and children served by SCO Madonna Heights. Jessica has been very active in the Northport community, at her children’s schools, and has been involved with Madonna Heights since she was a young girl. Jessica has served as the Madonna Heights Ladies Auxiliary Publicity Officer, Vice President, and has held several terms as President. The Spirit Award honors “Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things” and celebrates women who have made a profound impact in the lives of their families and community.

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Congratulations to SCO’s 2017 Employee Recognition Winners!

June 1, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – Congratulations to Rosemarie Bellock, Alison Critelli, Vonnetta Browne and Nydia Sutherland, winners of SCO’s Employee Recognition Program. SCO is committed to making this a great place to work. Part of meeting that goal is having a workforce that embodies our Employee Values. Each year, four employees are selected and rewarded for their effort in embracing our values and for helping make SCO a great place to work. This year’s winners each received a $1,000 cash gift and were honored at our Staff Recognition Dinner on May 4th.

Rosemarie Bellock
Technical Support Specialist
Business Operations

Rosemarie, or Roe, as she is known to her co-workers has worked at SCO Family of Services for the past 40 years! Roe is devoted to her work – always demonstrating great effort in performance of her tasks. She always shows great initiative to get the job done properly, while maintaining impeccable records. Her work effort is exceptional, always performing her tasks to the best of her ability in every instance, with professionalism and a smile! Roe’s years of consistent, dedicated service to the agency is worth recognition! Congratulations Roe!

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SCO Family of Services Raises Over $300,000 at 2017 Annual Benefit

May 25, 2016 – Glen Cove, NY  – SCO Family of Services, the Glen Cove-based human services nonprofit, raised over $300,000 at the 2017 SCO Annual Benefit on May 11th at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Funds raised at the annual event help SCO Family of Services provide life-changing results for more than 55,000 children, teens, families and adults each year, across Long Island and New York City.

The SCO Shepherd’s Award was presented to James Vassalotti of Westchester, a Partner at Vassalotti Associates Architects, LLP in Roslyn Heights. As an architect, Mr. Vassalotti had a vision to improve the quality of life for individuals with special needs through innovative design. A longtime supporter of SCO, Mr. Vassalotti has designed, renovated, and left his mark on 50 SCO facilities and residences, helping thousands of people achieve or regain greater independence.

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SCO Family of Services Holds Inaugural Brownsville Youth Resource Fair

May 19, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY – SCO Family of Services hosted its first-ever Youth Resource Fair at the Greg Jackson Center for Brownsville in Brownsville April 29. The fair connected families to a variety of services available to youth of all ages in Brownsville.

Entertainment included a performance by Ms. K’s Dance Academy and raffles that were held throughout the day.

“Our goal is to show families the wonderful programs and services for youth that are available to them here in Brownsville and to build partnerships among community organizations,” said Cathy Joseph, SCO Family of Services Brownsville Community Coordinator.

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Demetrios Yatrakis Appointed to SCO Board of Directors

May 17, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of essential human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island, is pleased to announce the appointment of Demetrios Yatrakis to its Board of Directors. Mr. Yatrakis will assume his position on the Board immediately.

“On behalf of the entire Board, I am delighted to welcome Demetrios to the SCO family,” remarked Kelly Williams, SCO Board Chair. “Demetrios’ business expertise, deep commitment to community, and enthusiasm will help us advance our mission of helping New Yorkers build a stronger foundation for the future.”

“We are honored to have Demetrios join our dedicated Board of Directors and look forward to working together to further our commitment to achieving life-changing results for the children, youth, families and adults we serve,” added Douglas O’Dell, SCO Executive Director.

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SCO’s Holly Brickey Receives Front Line Heroes Award

April 18, 2017 – Manhattan, NY – SCO Family of Services is proud to announce that Holly Brickey, a Senior Caseworker in SCO’s Close to Home Program, has been recognized by New York Nonprofit Media as a Front Line Hero. Every year, NYN Media recognizes Front Line Heroes from the nonprofit industry who work in the field directly helping clients and making their organizations’ goals a reality through hard work and dedication. Front Line Heroes display excellence in their commitment to serving those in need.

Holly Brickey was one of 20 Front Line Heroes from nonprofit agencies throughout New York who were recognized for their outstanding work at an Awards Banquet at 121 Fulton Street in Downtown Manhattan on April 18th.

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Building Leaders at Family Dynamics After School Program

March 23, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY   Students from our Family Dynamics East New York Middle School of Excellence (ENYMSE) After School Program have been participating in a leadership series, “Love Thy Self,” designed to build confidence and foster self-expression while developing connections with peers and staff.  The theme for this year’s “Love Thy Self” Leadership Series was “The Path to Success.”

Throughout the year, activities have focused on what it takes to be successful as individuals, as a school and within the community as well as the planning that is required to get there.  The program culminated in a weekend leadership retreat at the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah in the Hudson Highlands.

Activities at the retreat, which included a Low Ropes Building Course, a Setting Goals Workshop and Community Dance, emphasized planning, team building and self-expression. Students loved the experience of spending time away from the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn and the trip included firsts for many – like hiking, roasting marshmallows and sleeping in a cabin. Staff at ENYMSE plan to make the trip an annual event.

Center for Family Life Symposium – Cultivating Consciousness

Discussion CroppedFebruary 22, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY  Our Center for Family program hosted the 11th Annual Sister Mary Geraldine Symposium – Cultivating Consciousness: Infusing Our Work with Social Justice, at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies headquarters in Manhattan on January 24th, 2017

Rachel Isreeli, Center for Family Life Cooperative Developer, moderated the panel that included:

  • Ana Oliveira – President and CEO,  New York Women’s Foundation
  • Andrew Sta. Ana – Director of Legal Services, Day One NY; Co-Chair, Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence
  • Julie Novas – HOTT Program Mental Health Coordinator, Callen Lorde Community Health Center; Adjunct Professor, Silberman and NYU Silver Schools of Social Work
  • Gonzalo Mercado – Executive Director, La Colmena; NY Coordinator, National Day Laborer Organizing Network

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Thank You, Rosemary, and Good Luck!

January 18, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY  We recently paid tribute to Rosemary Stein, Chief Program Officer, who retired after a distinguished career spanning 40 years at SCO Family of Services. A passionate advocate for at-risk and vulnerable populations, Rosemary began her journey at SCO as a Social Worker and worked tirelessly over the years to develop strategies to improve outcomes and increase the quality of services delivered. She has left an indelible mark on the many programs and people she encountered while at SCO.

Early on, Rosemary recognized the importance of continuous staff development and created SCO’s training department. She also created the Independent Living Department and was a driving force in the implementation of the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care at the Madonna Heights campus. She served as Assistant Executive Director at SCO from 1983-2010, until her appointment as Chief Program Officer.

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