10 Things About Alison Cummings &
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center


“I don’t like that man. I need to get to know him better.”
– Abraham Lincoln

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) serves individuals with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized innovative programs. SMSC combines a culture of care and creativity within quality programs to provide liberal arts education, practical skills development, employment, and dignity for a lifetime. Alison Cummings is a board trustee at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center as well as a 2021 Morning Glory Brunch & Champagne Sponsor.

10 Things About Alison Cummings & St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center



#1 I grew up in Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Nebraska, and mostly California (since 1947)!

#2 If I did not live in San Diego, I would want to be wherever my children and/or grandchildren are… or perhaps in Sweden where I have lots of relatives.

#3 I am up by 6:30 having coffee in my lovely backyard, with our many birds, meditating, reading, or just free-associating in nature. A wonderful way to start the day.

#4 I consider the wild birds my pets. They love the habitat we have planted specifically for them – the pond and waterfall, and the 27 bird houses they sometimes find enticing. Phil’s passion and expertise with birds is rubbing off on me.

#5 I have always wanted to take on the challenge of learning French.



#6 I would like to see people treat every human in a positive, equitable way, regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.


#7 If I have a spare moment, I would perhaps call someone I know whom I think may be lonely.

#8 Coleen, one of our student gardeners, is planting, weeding, and watering at Magnolia Gardens in El Cajon. The volunteer site is part of the SMSC Gardening Program, a partnership that has continued throughout the pandemic. Coleen enjoys getting out in the fresh air, staying active, and sharing gardening tips with other gardeners in the community.

#9 Our students are staying connected, active, and creative during the COVID-19 stay at home order by participating in St. Madeleine’s Alternative Service Programs, featuring virtual classes on Zoom and Teachable.

#10 All proceeds from our Virtual Morning Glory Brunch Annual Frog Race will benefit our aquatic and garden programs. A maximum of 625 rubber frogs will be entered in the race. Frogs will be launched in the SMSC Aquatics Center pool beginning at approximately 12:00 noon on April 17, 2021. All frogs entered will be provided by and shall remain the property of SMSC and will be numbered accordingly. The winning frogs will be the first five frogs to cross the finish line and will be declared the cash prize winners. (Photo finish will be available).




Virtual Morning Glory Brunch Annual Frog Race
April 17, 2021
Frog race streamed live at 12 noon
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center
2119 E. Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019

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Esteban Villanueva