Volunteer Spotlight: Fermin Vasquez



How long have you been a volunteer at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

I have been volunteering at SMSC for just a few weeks now, but it has been such a great experience!

Why did you decide to become an intern at SMSC ?

I decided to intern at SMSC because I am going to school to become a Social Worker and this is perfect place to volunteer. I am thankful for this awesome opportunity.

What are your favorite thing about volunteering?

My favorite thing about SMSC so far is that everyone, both staff and students are so welcoming. This has made me feel that I have chosen a great place to volunteer at. I always have students coming up to me to introduce themselves, ask me my name and how my day is.

Employee Spotlight: Kim Holt


Kim Holt

Aquatics / Safety manager

How long have you been working at St Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

Almost 21 years


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Staying at home in Mexico, spending time with my dogs, working out with my husband, eating good food and drinking good wine


What’s your favorite TV show, music artist, or book?

I enjoy binge watching Netflix, Bruno Mars, classical music and reading trilogies


Do you have a cool story to share about something you did or that happened to you?

I moved to Baja 30 years ago the day after I was married. I commute 3 hours a day so that I can do the work that I love.


If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d like to take a motor home trip around the US to visit the national parks and fill up my national park passport. I also love traveling in other parts of Mexico


What brought you to SMSC?

A friend of mine was working with Debra to figure out how best to utilize the pool. He referred me

What is your favorite thing about working at SMSC?

Working with the students and watching them learn new skills. Teaching the staff


What advice would you give to new SMSC staff?

Have patience and enjoy each day here because you are making a positive difference in other people’s lives.