Marian House Soup Kitchen Sponsorship

An administrative professional in the field of education, Dr. Shirley Miles is a senior consultant at Focal Point LLC, where she aims to enhance the school curricula and student learning. In her spare time, Dr. Shirley Miles attends Perfect Peace Baptist Church in Colorado Springs. Through the organization, she volunteers at the Marian House Soup Kitchen on a monthly basis.

A service provided through the Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, Marian House Soup Kitchen feeds people in need in downtown Colorado Springs. Serving nutritious meals to over 600 people most days, the soup kitchen accommodates veterans, senior citizens on fixed incomes, people from economically challenged areas, and others.

The soup kitchen is made possible through the community’s generous donation of time and funds. Additionally, local organizations and individuals have an opportunity to sponsor the Marian House Soup Kitchen for $1,500 per day. The sponsorships generate revenue that is vital for recouping the cost of the meals served. Those who opt to sponsor the soup kitchen for a day are recognized in print and digital media, and they are eligible for a 25 percent Colorado State tax credit through the El Paso County Enterprise Zone. Furthermore, by volunteering on the day of their sponsorship, donors can experience firsthand how their contributions impact the community.


Enhancing Education – Focal Point, LLC

The recipient of a doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver, Dr. Shirley Miles has dedicated her career to education. Active with the development of accredited high schools, Dr. Shirley Miles presently serves as a senior consultant with Focal Point, LLC.

Since 2006, Focal Point has offered schools around the nation with guidance in enhancing their operations. With a focus on reforming schools, this Colorado-based entity uses research and experience to create systems that train education professionals in bettering their institutions. Along with featuring consulting options, it hosts annual events, such as conferences for teachers and ceremonies honoring student achievement leaders.

Professional development accounts for one of Focal Point’s most important concentrations. Through Curriculum Alignment, it advises schools on establishing lesson plans that allow students to showcase their knowledge and learning potential by enabling teachers to use model rubrics and templates. In order to improve student achievement and school effectiveness, the company utilizes a Systems Thinking concept that combines philosophy, processes, implementation, and leadership across various types of lessons. Moreover, it builds strong leaders through a Leadership Development program with components that identify the strengths of participants. For more information, visit