Always remember where you came from; one day you can be a peacock and the next, a feather duster.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center has been serving individuals with developmental disabilities for over 50 years. SMSC is constantly innovating and growing with their students who range in age from 22 to over 80 years, to ensure they are empowered to realize their full potential as individuals for a lifetime.
The Haute with Heart fundraiser benefitting St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, was one of the early fundraisers Joye Blount attended. SMSC’s mission to serve individuals with developmental disabilities resonated with Joye. Joye along with her husband Jessie Knight, epitomize what it means to give back and do so with class, grace, compassion and style.
10 Things About Joye Blount & St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center
#1 I grew up in Chesterfield, South Carolina located perfectly between the beauty of the coast and the magnificence of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
#2 At the age of 12, I worked as a pharmaceutical assistant. This opportunity introduced me to the importance of great customer service and of empathy and understanding to those in your community who are faced with challenges.
#3 Before going into banking, I was in public education for twelve years and served as a middle school principal.
#4 My philanthropic roots began with my parents and the inclusiveness of growing up in a small, faith-based community. Small gestures and routines of giving were always around you. Whether it was baking a dish in a time of need, or taking up a special offering to assist someone in tough times, the simple act of kindness was taught at an early age.
#5 St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves over 400 adults with developmental disabilities. Approximately 30% of the costs of their special programs need to be raised through private donations. Everyone has the capacity to give whether it be time, talent or treasure.
#6 Funds raised at the Haute with Heart Fashion Show will support their transportation services. Transportation is a key piece of the students’ independence, community integration, and job placements.
#7 One of the students in the art program who is deaf, mute & legally blind has been participating in the San Diego Fair art show for over 25 years and has won several awards including Best in Show!
#8 Several of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s students are now working independently in the community and earning a paycheck – which they are so proud of themselves for accomplishing.
#9 One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of this organization is the feedback from parents and caregivers of the personal growth they see and the individual talents and abilities in their student that they didn’t know existed.
#10 Haute with Heart always incorporates the adults serviced by SMSC in the presentation and show. It is done to showcase their talents while maintaining their dignity. Please come join us!
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