You are reading

SCO Family of Services celebrates opening of Jamaica boutique run by young adults in foster care

Nov. 29, 2023 By Ethan Marshall

SCO Family of Services held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Journey Chic Boutique, a new business operated by young adults in foster care, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Genovese Family Life Center, in Jamaica.

In addition to local leaders, those on hand for the ribbon cutting at located at 89-30 161st St. also included members of the Amazin’ Mets Foundation, which helped bring this boutique to life.

Photo by Paul Frangipane

The young adults running the boutique will provide a personal shopping experience for clients served by SCO’s foster care and preventive programs. Additionally, they will learn valuable customer service, merchandising and retail skills.

Deputy Queens Borough President Ebony Young, right, speaks with interns during the ribbon cutting ceremony for Journey Chic Boutique on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Photo by Paul Frangipane

Photo by Paul Frangipane

“This wonderful boutique is yet another example of how we provide real life experiences to put our youth on the right path,” SCO Family of Services Chief Program Officer Karen Abreu said. “Our youth were the driving force behind this project. They came up with the concept, created this space, built the relationships with our partners and made this happen. Our comprehensive, proactive and strength-based approach helps to ensure our young people have what they need to lead independent, successful lives.”

Mrs. Met visits SCO Family of Services’ new Journey Chic Boutique on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Photo by Paul Frangipane

According to Journey Chic Boutique intern and “boutique specialist” Breshan Bennett, this new business also provides those working there with the opportunity to give back to the community.

Breshan Bennett, intern at SCO Family of Services speaks during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Paul Frangipane

“We all know it’s kind of hard being in the system, especially not having the support or needs that you need and essential things, so it’s kind of cool to give back to the community,” Bennett said. “What this means to me and I think everybody else that helped do this is you get to see how you can affect a kid’s life in a good way. It’s about giving back and seeing the smiles on kids’ faces.”

Photo by Paul Frangipane

Queens Deputy Borough President Ebony Young and New York City Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Jess Dannhauser were among those on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. They heaped praise upon Bennett and the other young workers who helped make the boutique a reality.

Photo by Paul Frangipane

“I am so proud of you and the work that you’ve done,” Young said. “To stick with it, to have the tenacity, the resilience, all of the things that you need as a young person when you’re going through so many things.”

Deputy Queens Borough President Ebony Young speaks during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Paul Frangipane

“We believe in you, we’re proud of you and we know when you’re invested,” Dannhauser added. “We want you to know that there are so many opportunities we are working to create, everyone in this room. We want to make sure you have opportunities. You are not only our future, you are our today. We appreciate you so very much.”

Jess Dannhauser, commissioner of the NYC Administration for Children’s Services speaks during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Paul Frangipane

SCO Family of Services aims to help young New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. The organization works towards getting young children off to a good start, launch youths into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. For more than 125 years, SCO has played a vital role delivering human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island.

Photo by Paul Frangipane

Additional reporting by Paul Frangipane.

Recent News

Arsenal of ghost guns and thousands of rounds seized during Rockaway Park raid: DA

A Rockaway Park man was criminally charged with a slew of crimes after an arsenal of more than 30 firearms, including ghost guns and assault weapons, was uncovered along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and other weapons-related paraphernalia were seized during a raid at his home on Beach 117th Street on Wednesday.

Ryszard Materna, 51, was arraigned Thursday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Germaine Auguste on a 281-count complaint after a long-term investigation into his purchase of polymer-based firearm components that can easily be assembled into operable weapons, known as ghost guns.

Armed robber hits 7-Eleven stores in three Queens neighborhoods in just over an hour Wednesday morning: NYPD

Police from two Queens NYPD precincts are looking for an armed robber who targeted 7-Eleven stores in three different neighborhoods in just over an hour during the early morning of Wednesday, Apr. 17.

Police from the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park reported that the first heist went down just before 2:25 a.m. at the 7-Eleven located at 112-11 Liberty Ave. in South Richmond Hill. The perpetrator allegedly pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the 23-year-old man behind the counter, who complied, handing over $400 in cash from the register, police said.

Jamaica Estates man beaten, robbed by bat-wielding thugs near Cunningham Park: NYPD

A 22-year-old Jamaica Estates man was beaten and robbed in broad daylight three blocks west of Cunningham Park on Saturday, and police from the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows are looking for the suspects who attacked him with a baseball bat.

The incident occurred just after 7 p.m., as the victim was walking home in the vicinity of 189th Street and Aberdeen Avenue when he was set upon by the two assailants who struck him in the face and head with the baseball bat, police said. They forcibly removed his cell phone and fled in a black Pontiac Grand Am, heading northbound on 109th Street toward Union Turnpike.