Coronavirus Action Plan – SMSC Closed March 20 – April 3

DATE: March 19, 2020

TO: Parents/Caregivers/SDRC

FROM: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

RE: Coronavirus Action Plan

Based on California Department of Public Health Guidance surrounding the prevention of COVID-19 transmission for gatherings, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) has made the difficult decision to temporarily close programs until April 6, 2020.

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm through Friday, April 3, 2020, SMSC Adult Day Service Programs will be closed.

This includes all services and activities provided at the following locations:

  • SMSC Main Campus (2119 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019)
  • Sophie’s Gallery El Cajon (140 East Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020)
  • Sophie’s Gallery Kensington (4186 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116)

Supported Employment-Individual Placement services will continue as long as job sites remain open.

During this time we will continue to closely monitor developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) to see if an extended closure should be recommended.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the appropriate program at the information below.

  • ADC Program Manager – Rachel Ramsey: 619-442-5129 ext. 338 or
  • AC Program Manager – Katrina Lauifi: 619-442-5129 ext. 104 or
  • BMod Assistant Program Manager – Carlos Salazar: 619-442-5129 ext. 443 or
  • Supported Employment Program Manager – Shanell Sands: 619-442-5129 ext. 126 or
  • Senior Program Manager – Mark Fisher: 619-442-5129 ext. 108 or

We realize this closure will be difficult for many families and caregivers, but we must follow recommendations to keep our staff and students safe during this crisis. We appreciate your cooperation to help keep SMSC safe and healthy.


Debra Emerson                                                                                 Thomas Carr
Chief Executive Officer                                                                  Director of Programs

Morning Glory Brunch Rescheduled to April 2021

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your interest in supporting St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center through our 19th Morning Glory Brunch.  Unfortunately, with ever-changing events and recent recommendations by public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to reschedule the event to April 2021.

As we continue to work to serve our mission during these trying times, it is with disappointment for our staff, students and guests that we do not get to invite the community to this beautiful campus and showcase our garden and aquatics programs.  If you would like to show your support for these two unique and valuable programs you can make a donation by mail or CLICK HERE to donate online today.

For now, please look to the future with us, stay positive and join us for our Haute with Heart Fashion Show & Luncheon on August 29, 2020!

Thank you for your understanding.  We wish the best of health and safety for you and your loved ones.    Should you have any questions please contact myself or for event related questions contact Julie Rausch at 619-442-5129 ext. 352 or


Debra Emerson, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

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.