SANDAG Grant provides 11 new vehicles for St. Madeliene Sophie’s Center
EL CAJON (KUSI) – The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has granted 11 new vehicles to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC). Francella Perez was live at the center to check out the new vehicles and
The grant is part of SANDAG’s Specialized Transportation Grant Program which distributes both TransNet Senior Mini-Grant funds and Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 funds. The Specialized Transportation Grant Program supports its regional strategy to fund projects and programs that expand mobility options to transportation-disadvantaged groups, including seniors, individuals with disabilities and persons with limited means.
Transportation is a key piece of SMSC’s independence, community integration, and job placement for adults with development disabilities. In 2017, SMSC’s vehicles, which transport more than 60 percent of its students to and from campus daily, drove 633,355 miles. With the current fleet aging and becoming more expensive to maintain, the eleven new vehicles will help assure that SMSC’s transportation program provides ongoing access to its students.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization in El Cajon, CA, educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Founded in 1966 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, the Center first focused on pre-school children with developmental disabilities. When public schools began to assume that role in the early 1970s, SMSC shifted its focus to adults with developmental disabilities. Today, SMSC provides work training and social experiences that encourage students to become well-rounded, contributing members of the greater community. The Center also strives to educate the community about the realities of developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy. It employs over 120 staff members and is served by more than 150 dedicated volunteers. A fleet of some 45 paratransit vans and buses transports students between home, campus, and work sites, five days a week. For more information, visit www.stmsc.org.