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

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GREEN MILE Fun Run March 15


Join SMSC family and friends for a day of active fun!



Downtown El Cajon

The GREEN MILE is a fun and safe course designed for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their friends and family.

Cross the big finish line and receive a medal and t-shirt!

Register or volunteer online at

Use the promotional code: ICANWIN and receive 25% off any race registration!

Enjoy finish line festivities including costume contest, live bands, expo booths and more.


SMSC Program Wish List

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Wish List

Aquatics Department

  • Assorted duct tape and gorilla tapes
  • Small brooms for sweeping (we have push brooms)
  • White board with bulletin board for announcements, pool temp etc.
  • Reusable diapers and long exercise shorts
  • 2 laundry drying racks
  • Plastic shelves system (sturdy for outdoor use)
  • 6 Large size orange PFD’s
  • Head piece for the back board
  • 2 rescue tubes
  • New covers for the shade tarps (the ones we have are too thin and they rip to easily)
  • 2 water wheel chairs
  • 5 lane lines for the pool
  • Lane line reel
  • Cover for the lane line reel

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  • 25 Chairs – Preferably the ones that don’t rip, the harder black ones would be better.
  • Misters for the arcade and garden areas
  • An upgraded TV & Wii to incorporate more exercise activities



  • Two 6-foot magnetic high quality whiteboards with wide chalk ledge.
  • Two 6-foot high quality vinyl bulletin boards.
  • Document Camera for use with the laptop/digital projector.
  • Cherrywood conference table for Room One



Sophies Gallery

  • Scissors
  • Microwave
  • Shelving unit for painting
  • Sewing machine
  • 2nd Saori loom
  • Yarn in natural fibers
  • Sand paper
  • Face masks
  • Art smocks
  • Acrylic paint



  • Art supplies
  • 2 more bean bag chairs
  • Room Divider (the blue ones that the other depts. use)
  • Scanner
  • Fax machine
  • Educational Wii games



  • 20- New folding tables (rectangular)
  • Picture frames
  • 2 New microwaves
  • 25 Chairs
  • Supplies- Scissors, crayons, markers, glue sticks for crafts.
  • White Board



  • Assortment of clay pots – $4000
  • 2 Dry Erase boards with stands
  • Supply of soil – $1000
  • Succulent order – $2000
  • Heaters
  • Replacement portable work area canopies


  • New convection oven
  • Catering equipment and storage
  • Tilt skillet
  • Standing soup kettle



  • Adaptive Exercise equipment
  • Substantial speakers with microphone
  • Art supplies


A dreamscape of possibilities . . . will you consider a year end gift?

                        A dreamscape of possibilities . . .

Tim Conaway at work.


Dear Friends,

As 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”.


Using colored pencils, Tim prefers to draw valleys and mountains. However this was not always the case. Ever since he was a young boy, Tim has been fascinated with forms of transportation. His father would take him to the airport and rail yard and tell him all about the makes and models of various planes and steam trains. Tim remembered every last detail. He drew steam trains and airplanes with precision. And listed specific facts such as make, model, passenger capacity, and more.

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Norway 2011

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.

While attending St. Madeleine’s, Tim has developed his talent by using other media. His Self Portrait, Guy Lombardo, and Elton John were done using acrylic paint. Additionally, he has ventured away from landscapes on occasion and has drawn areas of St. Madeleine’s campus including our new Gazebo and Sophie’s Vineyard. Tim’s artwork has been on display at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, The Museum of Modern Art in Kiev Ukraine, and at Space 4 Art in San Diego.

Tim has also worked in numerous places over the decades including a donut shop, hotel, and restaurant just to name a few. He lives in El Cajon on his own with a roommate and enjoys watching television, visiting with his four siblings, and going to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center five days a week where he enjoys dancing, recreational activities and, of course, Sophie’s Gallery Art Program.

Celebrating 15 years, Sophie’s Gallery Art Program has been an innovative and unique art curriculum for over 400 adult students with developmental disabilities and has become an active partner in the art community. The art program provides a creative outlet and promotes self-expression. It also builds students’ fine motor skills and provides a way for the students to earn a modest income through the sale of their artwork at public art openings.


Tim Conaway 2013

We are asking YOU to celebrate our 15th year of Sophie’s Gallery Art Program with a gift of $100 or more.  However, no gift is too small. Every gift matters in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. Send your gift TODAY in the enclosed envelope or donate online by visiting

Thank you in advance for supporting Tim and the other student artists with developmental disabilities who benefit every day from Sophie’s Gallery Art Program at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center!

Your caring and helpful generosity is greatly appreciated.


Warm regards,





Debra Emerson, MBA

Chief Executive Officer


P.S. Will you please consider a gift of $100 or more?  Donations received by December 31, 2014 qualify for a tax deduction. Our Tax ID number is: 95-1957332.

P.P.S. Looking for another way to support the Center? Consider listing St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center as a beneficiary in your estate plan, retirement account, or insurance policy. Contact Kellye Buchanan, Donor Relations Officer, at (619) 442-5129 ext. 332 for more information, or visit us online at If you’ve already put us in your estate plan, please let us know so we can recognize your caring generosity as a member of our Legacy Circle.

THANK YOU to Knights of Columbus

knights5000Early last week, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center welcomed Sam Safino and TJ Pluff from the Thomas B. Austin Knights of Columbus, Council 4958. Sam and TJ were the bearers of great news as they brought a donation in the amount of $5,000 from the Austin Knights Club.

The Knights of Columbus began thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882. Officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families.  Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father McGivney (whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican) brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils to 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, The Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, and Saipan.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center would like to express our sincere gratitude for the caring generosity and ongoing support of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4958.