About Us

Sancho Caravan #261 was originally chartered in Hamtramck, Michigan in 1999 with 18 members by the International Order of Alhambra. The main goal of the Caravan was to assist and support those who struggle with developmental disabilities.

As of 2019 we have 73 active Catholic Lady Nobles and Sir Nobles. Our membership meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month (except July) at Bishop Murphy Knights of Columbus Hall on Ryan Road, Warren, Michigan.

Our members hold several fundraisers throughout the year such as the Mark Thomas Memorial 9-Pin No-Tap Bowling Tournament each spring and the Sancho Open Golf Outing each summer. With the funds earned at these charitable events Sancho Caravan supports many schools and organizations who serve the intellectually disabled in our community as well as provides limited college scholarships to those individuals pursuing a degree in Special Education.

Area programs, schools, and facilities that have benefitted from Sancho’s efforts over the years include:

  • Bovenschen Special Needs School in Warren, MI
  • Wilde Elementary School Autism Impaired program in Warren, MI
  • Flickinger Elementary School Early Childhood Special Education program Utica, MI
  • Eppler Junior High Special Needs program Utica, MI
  • ARC Raiders Special Needs adult bowlers of Macomb county
  • Ted Bates Memorial Community Service Scholarship Awards program in Warren, MI
  • Boy Scouts Special Needs Troop #390 of Warren, MI
  • Alhambra’s St Francis Special Needs Camp in Jerome, MI
  • Alhambra House for adults with developmental disabilities in Clarkston, MI
  • Cass Community Social Services in Detroit
  • St. Louis Center for disabled children and adults in Chelsea, MI
  • Autism Chapter of Macomb County
  • Rising Stars Academy in Centerline, MI

Sancho Caravan #261 is one of eight caravans in Region VI of the Order of Alhambra. The other caravans are Manresa #217 (Northville), Galicia #77 (Detroit), Braga #114 (Mt. Clemens), Barcelona #143 (Dearborn Hts), Denia #196 (Waterford), St. Louis Guanella #274  (chartered in 2019 in Michigan City, MI) and St. Patrick Caravan #275 (chartered in 2019 in Bismarck, ND). Each Spring, as one of six caravans in the greater Detroit area (400+ members strong) we cover the entire cost to sponsor over 3000 special needs children, adults, and their caregivers with a day at the Shrine Circus held exclusively for them.

Sancho Caravan and the metro-Detroit Region VI caravans also own and operate St. Francis Camp on the Lake in Jerome, MI (just south of Jackson). This wonderful facility provides a weeks long summer camping experience for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Details regarding this camp can be found on its own page within this website.

Additionally these regional caravans have placed bronze plaques at various Catholic sites in recognition of each facilities historicalShrine Dedication (28) significance to the Catholic and surrounding community, including

  • Manresa Jesuit Retreat House    (Bloomfield Hills)
  • St Clements Parish (St Mary Our Lady Queen of Families)   (Centerline)
  • San Francesco Parish    (Clinton Township)
  • St Anne Church   (Detroit)
  • St Paul of the Cross Retreat House
  • St Albertus Parish   (Detroit)
  • St Bonaventure Monastery   (Detroit)
  • Old St Mary   (Detroit)
  • St Peter Parish    (Mount Clemens)
  • St Vincent de Paul Church   (Pontiac)
  • Orchard Lake Seminary
  • St Mary Church   (White Lake)
  • St Patrick Church  (White Lake)
  • St. Mary Church   (Wayne)
  • St. JOseph Church   (Erie)
  • Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica    (Royal Oak)

Recognizing the importance of a higher education for all special ed teachers and educators, the International Order of Alhambra and Sancho Caravan are proud to provide financial scholarship awards to assist students with their endeavors.  Scholarship awards are made to select applicants who are dedicated to this special field of education. The number of scholarships and amounts will vary from year to year, based on available funds and a desire to help as many applicants as possible.