Volunteers are painting a bright future…

In December, Lea Davis, the Human Resources Manager at Triumph Fabrications-San Diego reached out to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC). Triumph Fabrications is a local manufacturer of complex aerospace components.  Mrs. Davis explained that Triumph Group, Inc. encourages each of their individual companies to contribute to and support their local communities. This year, SMSC was chosen as the beneficiary of the Triumph Fabrications – San Diego’s service project.

When asked how St. Madeleine’s was chosen, Mrs. Davis explained that SMSC was nominated by one of Triumph Fabrications – San Diego’s employees and Mrs. Davis said she often sees our buses around her neighborhood picking up students.  After touring the Center, Triumph Fabrications – San Diego’s Community Project Assessment Team selected several projects that would enhance the campus for our students. The first was to repaint our multipurpose room.

On February 8th, twelve Triumph Fabrications staff arrived at 7:00 am with all the equipment and skills necessary to repaint our 2,700 square foot multipurpose space. In less than 5 hours, the entire project was completed; this included the walls washed, tape along the door way removed, and furniture returned to its area.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Triumph Fabrications- San Diego team and to Mrs. Davis for her efforts in coordinating this event.  Their generous gift of staff time, talent, and materials saved St. Madeleine’s thousands of dollars and that was just the beginning. The group expects to return this month to start beautifying a garden space that will include a water fountain and pergola.

If you have any interest in volunteering, or know of someone who might want to volunteer his/her time to complete a project at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, please contact Jessica Dolliver, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at jdolliver@stmsc.org or 619-442-5129 ext. 333.

TriumphVolunteerPainters                                         TriumphVolunteersPainting

Birds, Animals & Humans I Admire

Sophie’s Kensington Gallery & Kensington Gallery

Birds, Animals & Humans I Admire

Reception Saturday, March 1, 5-8 PM
4186 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

Open: Tuesday 12-5 PM
Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 7 PM / Sunday 12-4 PM

For further information call 619-534-8120 or 619-593-2205
www.stmsc.org / www.KensingtonGallery.org

Joe Nyiri arrived in San Diego in 1962 armed with degrees in art and education from the University of Wisconsin. He quickly made a name for himself in the local art scene as he created Modernist inventive sculptures incorporating automobile bumpers, pipes and other found metal objects. Joe quickly earned a reputation as one of the area’s top sculptors. He also held a position of teacher-art consultant with the San Diego Unified School District and was an art instructor at the San Diego Zoo. Nyiri is comfortable with a variety of media including painting, airbrush and printmaking and has exhibited with the Allied Craftsman for over 40 years.

Please join Sophie’s Kensington Gallery & Kensington Gallery as we welcome local artist Joe Nyiri.

Come meet the artist at our collaborative public reception Saturday, March 1 from 5-8 PM.

Run East County Half Marathon, 5k, & Green Mile

St. Patrick's Day Half Marathon, 5k, The Green Mile

Join St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center for the RunEC St. Patrick’s Day Event

Sunday, March 16, 2014, Downtown El Cajon

As a beneficiary, St. Madeleine’s encourages you to participate in this family-friendly fitness event by finishing the one mile, 5K, half marathon, or volunteering to support those that achieve their personal success!

Walk or run one of three course options:

The Green Mile – Everyone wins at this short and safe course created to include young children, individuals with developmental disabilities, and fun for the whole family.

Certified Half Marathon – A fun course certified by the USTA with live entertainment to keep you motivated.

Main Street 5k – Possibly the flattest, fastest and most fun 5k you’ll ever walk or run.

Tribes & Clans Cross-Fit – A tough challenge for those that are up to the task of a survival like cross-fit course!

Finish line festivities include bounce houses, family fun, live bands, and food and beverage vendors.

Sign up for a race or to volunteer at StPatricksDayHalf.comAs a volunteer please reference St. Madeleine’s as your Group Name.

RunEC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to create a new and perpetual revenue source for East County’s most valuable Human Service Agencies that help close the gap between need and existing resources.  At the same time our events draw traffic and commerce to San Diego’s East County benefiting the region as a whole.

400+ Reasons Why You Should Start the New Year off With a Gift

Each year, many of us begin the New Year with a list of resolutions. Some of the most popular resolutions includelose weighteat healthier,quit smoking, and volunteer to help others.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is providing you with an opportunity to help you achieve at least one of your goals – volunteer to help others. The Center is always looking for time, talent, and treasure. Here are just a few ways that you can volunteer to help others:

  • Volunteer Your Treasure. Make a one-time or recurring tax-deductible gift to the Center’s Annual Fund. The Center has an annual funding gap of $2,000 per student. The Center relies on gifts from friends and supporters to help bridge this gap. You can donate online, mail a check to the Center, or contact Kellye Buchanan at (619) 442-5129 ext. 332 or email Kellye at kbuchanan@stmsc.org. Tax ID is 95-1957332.
  • Volunteer your Time. The Center is always in need of volunteers to help with a variety of activities and events. For more information, contact Jessica Dolliver at (619) 442-5129, ext. 333 or jdolliver@stmsc.org.
  • Volunteer your Talent. The Center is always looking to reduce expenses. If you own a business or have skills that can assist the Center in some way, contact Laura Purdom at (619) 442-5129 ext. 110 or email Laura at lpurdom@stmsc.org.  Examples of services needed include painting, gardening, and general repairs just to name a few.

We invite you to check off one of your New Year’s Resolutions by making a gift of Volunteering to Help Others. Whether it’s Time, Talent, and/or Treasure, your gift benefits 400+ adult students with developmental disabilities at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.

Click here to send your gift TODAY.

Houz Your Barbie: Collaborative Art Show

Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn
3201 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104 PH: 619 251-8474
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Sophie’s Artists are making a difference in the lives of children who are homeless due to domestic violence.


Spring-Sprang-Sprung © Jeff Andrus, Paul Norman, Victoria Pires, Sarah Prochazka

No matter what your ideas are about Barbie, this art project will make you smile!!! Houz Your Barbie is a collection of over 100 used Barbie dolls that have been transformed into creative artwork by community artists, including 25 artists from Sophie’s Gallery. The event and reception is Saturday, January 18, from 4–8 pm. Join us at Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn to see the entire collection. Houz Your Barbie is a FUNDRAISER for children who are homeless due to domestic violence through the YWCA Becky’s House proceeds will buy art supplies for the children.


John Agostini / Jeff Andrus / Gary Bender / Adam Brown / Christian Carle

Julie Crakes / Bruce Davis / Connie Demos / Tina Frantz

Julie Geerdes / Carley Jean / Kathy Kilander / Fedi Magsanoc / Tom Nagler

Paul Norma / Victoria Pires / Sabrina Pomeroy

Sarah Prochazka / Norine O’Boyle / Maggie Rodriquez / Lisa Rowin / Dave Tolley

David Walton / Monica Waters / Madge Williams

For further information: sophiesgallery@stmsc.org

PH: 619 593-2205

If you can’t attend the event and want to make a donation contact Becky’s House