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profile fall 2010 Extraordinary reach. Unconditional care. A FIRST FOR New YORk SCO BRINGS eARLY INSIDE Westbrook Preparatory School for Teens HeAD START TO Tribute to Bob McMahon with High Functioning Autism BROwNSVILLe, College Packs After over 2 years of planning and the efforts of countless Autism advocates, SCO Family of Services will open BROOkLYN The Christopher School the first residential school in the state of New York for SCO has opened an Early Save the Date adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning Head Start program in Brownsville, Brooklyn, an area COA Re-Accreditation autism and related conditions. Westbrook Preparatory School will open its doors in January, giving 24 bright, that suffers from one of the Upcoming Events yet fragile teens and their families a school specifically highest poverty rates in New designed to meet their needs close to home. York City. Early Head Start offers childcare and parenting support to low-income Located in Westbury, Long Island, Westbrook will offer families with young children. It gives them the tools they a therapeutic, residential experience integrated with an need to help their children succeed. academic program individually attuned to each student’s unique strengths and challenges. The school will teach students independence while preparing them for post secondary education, employment and life in the community. Westbrook Preparatory School was the dream of a group of experts in the field of autism, many of them parents of children with autism. Their children went to residential high schools in other states where they were able to flourish. Inspired by this success, the group teamed up with SCO to replicate and enhance the model right here on Long Island. “Before enrolling in Early Head Start, a mom had to bring “For our kids, there is a small window of opportunity. If we her 8-month old son to work with her every day because she create the kind of school that makes the most of that moment, couldn’t afford a babysitter. Her son sat in a stroller while she we can change their lives forever. My son had that experience worked. Now her son receives the care and stimulation all in Connecticut, now we want to make it available right here babies need. Early Head Start has changed their lives.” on Long Island.” – Maureen Holohan, Parent and Governing —Ebony Hill, Early Head Start Home-Based Teacher Body Member. ...This article continues on page 3 1 SCO FAMILY OF SeRVICeS DeDICATeS children from Across the Agency SeA CLIFF CAMPUS AS THe ROBeRT J. pay tribute to Bob mcmahon McMAHON CHILDReN’S CeNTeR as they say goodbye In October, SCO’s Board of Directors dedicated our Sea Cliff, Long Island campus in recognition of Bob McMahon’s 37 years of extraordinary and caring leadership. This poem is for you Bob, a man that is true. With the announcement of his retirement this past summer, Puttin’ in years of his life to an agency we knew. the Board wanted to ensure that Bob’s legacy as a steadfast and St. Christopher Ottilie staff and kids will miss dynamic guardian of children and families would live on. Indeed, you dearly. Bob developed SCO from a 56-bed residential program in Sea We hope your life is great and worldly. Cliff, with a budget of less than $1,000,000, to become one of Sometime people have to move on, the largest, most diverse and most respected child welfare But that don’t mean their love is gone. agencies in the nation. SCO is, today, one of the unquestioned I wish you the best and success in all that you do, leaders in working to strengthen families to keep their children And please remember me, Joseph, a young man who safely at home. will make it too. — Joseph Since the 1970s, during Bob’s tenure, SCO has cared for tens of thousands of children and families – a scale almost unsurpassed across the country – responding to and meeting the complex needs that often exist within a single family, from developmental disabilities, mental health and child welfare to schools and school- based services, to name a few. Bob McMahon has positioned SCO, through its diverse funding streams and agency capacity, to partner with city and state agencies to address social problems as they emerge, from the closing of Willowbrook in the 1970s and the boarder baby crisis during the crack epidemic in the 1980s to the rising tide of homelessness in New York City in the 1990s. Children from SCO’s St. Christopher’s Home presented Bob Under Bob’s leadership, SCO Family of Services’ Center for Family McMahon with a special plaque from the Howard F. Treiber Life has gained national recognition as a model for the integration Memorial Golf Committee in recognition of his 37 years of of family development, youth work and community building, and caring for New York’s most vulnerable. serves as an inspiration for many preventive and community service programs throughout the country. Dear Bob, Upon announcing his retirement to staff, Bob said “Since words You are respectful, kind and a hardworking man and cannot begin to capture my deep gratitude for the privilege of leading you come to work with a smile. Everybody is going to miss you. One day I will be just like you, a hardworking SCO and working with each of you, I can only hope that you know and and respectful young man. Bob you inspired so many accept my deepest thanks and best wishes for the continued success of a people like staff and kids. All I got to say is thank you truly wonderful organization.” for working in SCO for so many years. Everybody is going to miss you and always remember you. Bob will leave SCO with the love and admiration of a grateful Board and staff, as well as the respect of friends and colleagues. —Love, J.H. Most of all, he will know that he has made a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of children and families across the region. The child welfare community is far richer for his vision and Extraordinary reach. dedication to doing the very best for children. Always the children. Unconditional care. 2 CARING THROUGH COLLeGe PACkS SCO College Bound Students “Feel the Love” in Donated Care Packages Starting college can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. Imagine doing it without any family support. For many of our young people, that’s just what they face. But thanks to SCO’s caring volunteers, our college bound students are heading off with “college packs” – care packages filled with school and dormitory essentials and a whole lot of TLC. “I don’t feel neglected anymore. I miss my mom but this is my family.” — Orayne, Independence Inn resident now a student at Manhattanville College. ...Early Head Start article continued from page 1 Specially trained teachers make home visits to teach pregnant women proper prenatal care and parenting skills so their babies will have the best chance at a healthy start in life. The childcare program gives kids the chance to develop creatively and socially as they participate in a College bound student Orayne showing off his “college pack” donated by variety of activities with other kids. Early Head Start is a the SCO Fashion Show Committee and the SCO Ladies Auxiliary. wonderful addition to the three early childhood programs SCO already offers in Brownsville. THe CHRISTOPHeR SCHOOL TO OPeN IN THe BRONx In an effort to bring New York City children with special needs back from placements in out-of-state residential schools, SCO will open The Christopher School in late fall. Located in the Bronx, The Christopher School is a 12-month therapeutic residential school that serves children with developmental disabilities who require 24- hour supervision. Its location will allow them to maintain close contact with their families and communities. The children currently attend out-of-state schools, some as far away as Delaware and Massachusetts, putting a strain on normal family relationships. “Parents currently have to travel on weekends, at great expense in terms of time and money, but also at the expense The Christopher School will provide a safe, nurturing of the rest of their family. The Christopher School will bring home environment as well as an integrated educational these families closer together.” — Susan Moran, Assistant experience. Moreover, when children reach age 21, SCO Executive Director will help them find the proper adult placement to meet their needs. 3 SAVE THE DATE! The 2010 Shepherd’s Ball Thursday, December 2, 2010 Crest Hollow Country Club Woodbury, NY Plans are underway for this year’s Shepherd’s Ball honoring Stanley Bergman, Marion Bergman MD MPA and Jost Fischer. Stanley Over 400 people came out to honor Grace (right) and Michele Del Gadio and support Bergman is Chairman and Chief Executive SCO Family of Services at the annual SCO Spring Fashion Show. This year’s event raised more money than ever before to help the children and families in SCO’s care. Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. Marion Bergman MD MPA, is the Healthcare Projects Director for Miracle Corners of the World, Inc., and former Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Jost Fischer is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirona Dental. For more information about this year’s Shepherd’s Ball, please contact Kristen Caserta - 516.671.1253 or Kathy Sullivan - 631.643.8800 or visit our website www.sco.org. “J&S Dancers” performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall as part of Garden of Dreams’ “City of Dreams” spring talent show. They were among the top acts from SCO’s Family Dynamics program’s “Teen Idol” competition that got to perform in front of friends and family on Radio City’s Great Stage. Steven Kess and Howard Stapler of Henry Schein, Inc. (above) and Jost Fischer of Sirona Dental (below) visit the Tyree Learning Center, SCO’s school for developmentally disabled children. The Madonna Heights Spirit Award was presented to Sally Connors and Sally Rose at the 30th Anniversary Madonna Heights Ladies Golf Classic. This award honors women who have made a profound impact on the community and the women and girls served by SCO’s Madonna Heights programs. 4 SCO ReCOGNIZeD AS AN HOwARD F. TReIBeR MeMORIAL OUTSTANDING SeRVICe GOLF OPeN PROVIDeR BY THe COUNCIL ON ACCReDITATION This summer, SCO Family of Services was re-accredited and recognized as an outstanding service provider by the Council on Accreditation (COA). Every four years, SCO undergoes a rigorous review process by COA, an international, independent, non- profit organization that sets standards of “Best Practice” for other non-profit agencies. COA’s evaluation team conducted a detailed review of SCO, visiting program sites throughout the Event Co-Chair Dennis Hackett and Craig Hetherington on the 8th green at The Creek. agency. They were deeply impressed. COA Team Leader Jim Ottesen summed it up, “Keep doing what you’re doing.” “This affirmation by our peers from other agencies is extremely gratifying. It recognizes the incredible commitment of our staff and our Board. This is a tremendous achievement and everyone involved should feel very, very proud!” – Robert J. McMahon, SCO Executive Director PeTeR SPeRANZA 5k RUN TO HeLP THe CHILDReN Phil Medaglia, SCO Board Member Douglas Schloss, Marc Weingarten and Richard Schloss at The Creek. Here they come! Over 300 runners participated in this year’s SCO Pat Hall, Event Co-Chair Thomas Fanning and Tom Walsh at the post golf dinner at Peter Speranza 5K Run to Help the Children on September 4th in Meadow Brook Club. Sea Cliff. SCO SUPeRVISOR wINS INTeRNATIONAL AwARD Melina Fazzolari-Napoli, Multisystemic Therapy Supervisor for SCO Family of Services’ Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) program in Queens, has won MST Services’ 2010 Whatever It Takes Award for her outstanding performance serving Queens at-risk youth. JJI is an intensive family- and community-based treatment model proven to have positive effects on serious, violent and chronic juvenile offenders. Melina is one of over 550 MST Supervisors internationally. 5 Non-Profit Org. SCO Family of Services U.S. Postage Executive Offices PAID 1 Alexander place Permit No. 20 glen cove, nY 11542 Sea Cliff, NY 11579 t 718.895.2555 • 516.671.1253 e firstname.lastname@example.org w www.sco.org SCO Family of Services works with New York’s most vulnerable-those striving to overcome the devastating impact of poverty, neglect, abuse, or developmental and mental challenges. We respond to moments of crisis and prevent crises before they occur with a comprehensive array of services. We give individuals and families the support and tools needed for a healthy, stable, and successful future, building stronger communities throughout the area. For more than 100 years, SCO has played a vital role for the people of New York City and Long Island. We have an extraordinary reach and depth of knowledge, and we maximize scarce resources to provide unconditional, effective, personalized care. To learn more about SCO Family of Services, visit us online at www.sco.org. www.sco.org Donate online at or visit www.sco.org. 516.671.1253 x113 or Kathy Sullivan at 631.643.8800 For more information, call Kristen Caserta at New York Rangers. Event details to follow. goal against child abuse and neglect with members of The Family Dynamics New York Rangers Event Score a February 9, 2011 Wheatley Plaza stores during these three days. shopping at participating Americana Manhasset and December 2-4. Help support SCO by doing your holiday Champions for Charity® Holiday Shopping Benefit is ® Champions for Charity Americana Manhasset December 2-4, 2010 Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. and Jost Fischer will be held Thursday, December 2nd at HElp A CHIlD. honoring Stanley Bergman, Marion Bergman, MD MPA Shepherd’s Ball The 24th Annual SCO Shepherd’s Ball December 2, 2010 MAke A DIFFeReNCe. THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, EVENT DATE upcoming events
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