Your Donation Matched $1 for $1

This year, a generous anonymous donor will match all donations (large and small) received by December 31st up to $100,000!
These funds will be used toward the installation of our new solar energy system which costs approximately $400,000. Installing solar panels will help St. Madeleine’s save approximately $10,000 each month in electricity bills. These savings will be used for program needs and it’s great for the environment, too!

Your gift can “LIGHT UP” St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center for a lifetime for adults with developmental disabilities.

2016 Holiday Schedule

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Holiday Schedule for Year 2016

Date Closed                                                                        Holiday Observed

Friday, January 1, 2016                                                  New Year’s Day

Monday, January 18, 2016                                            Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, February 15, 2016                                          Presidents’ Day

Monday, May 30, 2016                                                  Memorial Day

Monday, July 4, 2016                                                     Independence Day

Monday, September 5, 2016                                         Labor Day

Thursday, November 24, 2016                                    Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 25, 2016                                          Day after Thanksgiving

Friday, December 23, 2016                                          Friday before Christmas

Monday, December 26, 2016                                       Day after Christmas

CALL TO ACTION!

Update and Call for Action – We Are You!!

The Joint Budget Committee is working to complete the Legislative version of the Budget, which will then pass into the hands of the big three, the Governor, Senator DeLeon and Assembly Woman Atkins to hammer out the final deal.  Our voices have been heard and were raised again during the DS Task Force Committee meeting today, by members of the committee and during the Public Comment section of the meeting.  Secretary Dooley, acknowledged the challenges of the Health and Human Services system and lack of identified revenue for our services as a challenge and the Governor has made his proposal and is awaking the budget from the Legislature.  We must continue our action; it is time for the big push including the Governor, the Senate Pro Tem and the Speaker to get support for our community.

The message is:

Our community needs stabilization support of all services, so that we can begin the transition being required by the Federal Government by 2019.  Therefore, we support the Assembly’s proposed budget increase of 10% over 2 years (we still believe we need the 10% today), with the call for immediate action with the first 5% increase being effective July 1st, 2015 rather than January 1st, 2016.  Any delay in providing stabilization funding to community services and regional centers will continue to push the system further over the edge.  We need immediate help!

We also support the Senate’s proposed trailer bill language to require DDS to report to the Legislature by January 2016 proposed rate and structural reforms to promote a long-term stable system of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.  As well as the Senate’s proposed trailer bill language to require to shift the savings from the closures of Developmental Centers to the Community instead of back into the State’s General Fund.

Take Action

Your actions have been heard, every member who spoke talked of the calls and messages (tweets, facebook, etc) there office has received.  We need to continue that messaging, saying we heard them discuss it in committee, but we are watching their actions as it moves forward.  Please call or fax a note to the members below or make a post on their facebook page, like other posts that tell our message.  Keep spreading the word.  You are making a difference.

Assembly Member Position Capitol Office Phone Fax Number
Shirley Weber Budget Comm Chair (916) 319-2079 (916) 319-2179
Melissa Melendez Budget Comm Vice Chair (916) 319-2067 (916) 319-2167
Chris Holden Majority Leader (916) 319-2041 (916) 319-2141
Kristin Olsen Minority Leader (916) 319-2012 (916) 319-2112
Senator Position Capitol Office Phone Fax Number
Mark Leno Budget Comm Chair (916) 651-4011 (916) 651-4911
Jim Nielsen Budget Comm Vice Chair (916) 651-4004 (916) 651-4904
Bob Huff Minority Leader (916) 651-4029 (916) 651-4929

 

Big Three Position Capitol Office Phone Fax Number
Jerry Brown Governor (916) 445-2841 (916) 558-3160
Toni Atkins Speaker (916) 319-2078 (916) 319-2178
Kevin de Leon President Pro Tem (916) 651-4024 (916) 651-4924

15 May / $15 / 15 Days

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Donate today to support Sophie’s Gallery and the 15th Anniversary
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Featured Artist Tim Conaway
Dreamscape of possibilities…Tim ConawayAs an artist and a visionary, Tim Conaway has an amazing talent to share. By merely turning pages in the atlas he carries, Tim takes us on a journey as he travels the world through his visionary-art-of-possibilities. From Kentucky to Alaska, Norway to Madagascar, Tim’s beautiful landscapes are drawn from his unique autistic point of view, in a style that he refers to as “dreamscapes”.Sophies 15th Anniversary-(Final)Tim has taken a few art classes over the years and was no stranger to the art world. But it wasn’t until he came to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center that his talent truly evolved. Tim started coming to the Center in 2009 because of Sophie’s Gallery Art Program – an innovative art program that Tim’s family had heard so much about.We are asking YOU to celebrate our 15th year of Sophie’s Gallery Art Program with a gift of $15 (or more).  Your generosity will help us continue to teach, nurture, and inspire adult artists with developmental disabilities.

 

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Receives Grant from CECO

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Receives Grant from CECO. Margaret Fraenzl Mosaic

During the Annual CECO Awards Breakfast at the San Diego Public Library in March of this year, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center was presented with a check for art supplies and materials. This donation will support Sophie’s Gallery Art Program for 300 adult students with developmental disabilities who benefit from the program every week.  Sophie’s Gallery Art Program is designed to help our students gain self-sufficiency and inner fulfillment through meaningful work and self-expression.

Specifically, these funds will be used toward the purchase of much-needed supplies and materials for Sophie’s fabric arts, mosaics and fused glass departments. The grant will benefit 300 artists with developmental disabilities the opportunity to make hand-dyed clothing, silk-screened clothing, fused glass décor, and mosaic plaques that will be for sale at our three gift stores and various shows at Sophie’s Gallery and SMSC events. Supplies and materials will offer the students a chance to learn new techniques; hone their skills; teach patience and concentration; provide the opportunity to earn a moderate income; and most importantly, increasing their sense of self.

The San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization (CECO) has been the charitable arm of the County of San Diego and San Diego Superior Court since 1956 and strives to ‘lend a hand’ to the community by way of grants to local non-profit programs and assistance to employees and retirees in crisis.

Thank you, CECO! We are deeply grateful to CECO for their caring generosity and ongoing support of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and the individuals with developmental disabilities whom we serve.

To learn more about CECO visit their website at http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/ceco/.

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