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The 100th Anniversary of Devereux coincides with Devereux Florida’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

This year marks two significant milestones in Devereux’s history — our 100th Anniversary nationally and 25 years of providing services in Florida.

For over 100 years, Devereux maintains a rich history of serving many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. Our mission remains unchanged: to change lives and nurture human potential by inspiring hope, ensuring well-being and promoting meaningful life choices. Devereux built a resilient future for people of all abilities throughout the years. Thus making Devereux one of the trusted providers of behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disabilities and child welfare services in the country. Read More

Child Welfare Highlighted at Brevard Candidate Forum

L-R; Dr. Patricia Nellius, CEO Brevard Family Partnership; Sean Ashby, Democratic
Candidate for Florida House District 50;
Steven J. Murphy, Executive Director
Devereux Florida

More than 60 people attended a Sept. 14 political forum that focused on candidates’ positions regarding the child welfare system in Brevard County and throughout Florida. The event was hosted by the Brevard Family Partnership, Brevard Division of Children’s Home Society of Florida and Devereux. Candidates participated as part of their campaigns to become Brevard’s representatives in the U.S. Congress, Florida Senate and House. Candidates for Brevard County Sheriff and State Attorney took part, as well.

Devereux Recognizes Direct Care Professionals

L-R; Steven J. Murphy, Executive Director
Devereux Florida; Trevor Matthews, Program Coordinator; Wendell Normile, Intensive
Residential Treatment Center Director

At Devereux Florida, we know the care we provide for thousands of children and families would not be possible without our hard-working, skilled direct care professionals. Each year, Devereux Florida shows its gratitude during “Direct Care Professionals Appreciation Week.” This year, the team’s thanks and recognition at the Viera Campus came in the form of suds and sponges, as everyone from program coordinators to therapists to Executive Director Steve Murphy rolled up their sleeves and washed the direct care team’s cars. Read More

Devereux Florida Receives Joint Commission Reaccreditation

The Joint Commission Gold SealSeveral years ago, Devereux Florida became one of the first organizations accredited in behavioral healthcare. It was quite an accomplishment at the time. Since then, only 10% of providers in the behavioral healthcare industry accomplish Joint Commission Accreditation.

Most recently Devereux Florida underwent a reaccreditation survey. Thanks to the dedication of our team members, as well as the entire Quality Management Team, all Devereux Florida programs completed successful Joint Commission surveys. All of Devereux Florida programs had to demonstrate adherence to over 1,600 elements of performance outlined by The Joint Commission. Read More

Devereux Team Shines at FCC Conference

Revealing the MagicDevereux Florida played a key role in this year’s conference of the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC), a statewide advocacy group dedicated to helping Florida's abused and neglected children. In addition to serving on the host committee and sponsoring the 60th anniversary of the annual event which was held Aug. 7 in Orlando Devereux representatives helped facilitate an expert panel discussion. Read More

Back-to-School Celebrations Delight Devereux Florida Kids

Preparing for the event, Carmen Mercado and Sylvia Rodrigues folded more than 200 pairs of new pajamas, which were donated by Carter’s and OshKosh.

What better way to celebrate going back to school than with food, fun and shopping for that perfect “first day” outfit? At Devereux Florida’s Back-to-School Open House, held Aug. 24 at the Family Counseling Center, about 60 foster children and their foster families did just that. As the Devereux team led fun activities for the kids, parents filled free tote bags with donated clothing, toys and supplies. "It was a wonderful opportunity for foster parents to interact with the staff that supports them each day," said Devereux Florida Program Director Tia Llewellyn. Read More

Fall 2012 Issue

Please Join us In… Lighting the Way for Children

This year, as the national Devereux organization celebrates a century of caring for children and families, Devereux Florida marks its 25th year in the state. Join us at “Lighting the Way for Children,” a fundraising benefit on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Brevard Zoo. Enjoy sparkling lights, enchanting music, gourmet delights and the company of good friends. Tickets are $125 each and proceeds will help fund the new Wellness, Learning and Activity Center at the Devereux Florida campus in Viera. For tickets or more information,click here.

8th Annual Golf for the Kids Tournament

On Friday, Dec. 7, Devereux Florida will host its 8th Annual Golf for the Kids Tournament. Held at one of Orlando’s premier venues, Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club, to benefit Devereux Florida. Click here for more information or to register for the event.

Join Devereux School in an Open House & Anniversary Celebration

Open HousePlease join us as we celebrate Devereux’s 100th Anniversary nationally and Devereux’s 25th year in Florida. As part of our celebration, Devereux School will be hosting an annual open house at the Viera Campus School on Wednesday, December 12th from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Come meet our students, tour our school and join us in celebrating Devereux’s heritage.

Kids Ready for School Thanks to Annual Backpack Drive

To achieve academic success, students must come to school prepared. That’s why Devereux Florida hosted an annual backpack drive. This year, the drive received a considerable donation boost more than $1,300 in cash and in-kind gifts from UCF’s Cornerstone students. In all, more than 2,100 backpacks were donated to Devereux Florida’s kids. Not only were the packs filled with school supplies, but many were specially created for elementary school children with encouraging good luck cards. Devereux thanks volunteers such as Board Member Ann Price, as well as Lena Combs and Valerie Smith for making the drive such a success. Click here to support programs like this one that benefit Devereux kids.

Donate Your Hotel

The next time you travel, don't let perfectly good shampoo, conditioners and soaps go to waste. Please consider collecting any hotel toiletries and donating them to Devereux Florida. These items are appreciated by our clients as it helps provide them items that are needed but easy to transport. To make a donation, please email

Faces of Devereux

Devereux Florida employs over 1,000 dedicated and compassionate team members who touch the lives of over 5,000 children on any given day and serves over 13,000 families annually. Stay tuned for a special edition to honor those team members who have recently gone above and beyond in support of Devereux Florida’s mission.

The Art Corner

This imaginative artwork was created by a Devereux child.

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