In San Juan de Puerto Rico, it opens Sunday Schools, aimed at the most remote sectors of society and the marginal population, in which basic education is taught and various social services are provided.
Already in Santiago de Cuba he founded his first Training Centers on the outskirts of the city. There he begins to outline his work methodology, based on going out to meet, where he invites everyone to participate in human training activities, while meeting their basic needs.
In 1877 and back to Spain, he continued his work by opening Centers on the outskirts of the big cities to offer training, basic education and training to the masses of workers who had emigrated from the countryside to the city.
In this way, the Work expands through various neighborhoods of Madrid and in just 4 years (1897-1901), Dolores Sopeña travels incessantly to establish the Association and the then-called “Workers Training Centers” throughout Spain.
A woman of large projects, she commits many people to her mission who collaborate in the Centers in multiple ways: giving classes, caring for people, providing resources.
In 1902 she founded a civil association (today the Dolores Sopeña Foundation) that has remained alive throughout history, responding to the challenges and needs of each time and place.
In 1914 she began her expansion in Europe and in 1917, months before she died, she opened her first Centers in Latin America.
Currently her work is still very much alive with a presence in 14 Spanish cities and 5 Latin American countries (Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico). Her work continues thanks to the Dolores Sopeña Foundation, which encompasses her entire civil network: colleges, schools, education and training centers, etc.
Students, collaborators, donors, thousands of people infected with the spirit of solidarity Sopeña keep alive the legacy of an exceptional woman who in 2003 in Rome, was beatified by the Catholic Church.