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Devereux Celebrates Founder's Day and 100 Incredible Years of Service

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Helena T. Devereux
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Miss Devereux lead The Devereux Foundation for 45 years, through two World Wars and the Great Depression.
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With instincts decades ahead of her field, Miss Devereux helped students to develop the skills and confidence they needed to lead full and productive lives.
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On February 2, Devereux celebrated its extrodinary founder, Helena T. Devereux, and the incredible efforts of thousands of staff and families who support its mission to change lives and nurture human spirit.
Washington, CT - On February 2, Devereux celebrated its extraordinary founder, Helena T. Devereux, and the incredible efforts of thousands of staff and families who support its mission to change lives and nurture human potential.

Miss Devereux was born 127 years ago on February 2nd. At the age of 20, she graduated from the Philadelphia Normal School and began to teach in the Philadelphia School District, developing many revolutionary ideas about working with children who were not successful in traditional classrooms. As more and more of her ideas were published in professional journals, parents from around the country sought her assistance, desperate to find help for their children who had been cast aside by traditional educators. At age 26 - one hundred years ago - Miss Devereux responded to their pleas by working with their children in her parents’ home on the New Jersey shore.

The following September, the first students of Miss Devereux moved back to Philadelphia with her to continue their “special” education. Several years later, Miss Devereux left her teaching position with the Philadelphia School District to focus entirely on a twenty-four hour residential and educational program for her private students. With instincts that led her to “positive,” “strength-based” approaches decades ahead of her field, Miss Devereux helped her students to develop the skills and confidence they needed to lead full and productive lives. She began a series of programs that would evolve into one of the largest, most well-respected human services organizations in the country: The Devereux Foundation.

Miss Devereux led The Devereux Foundation for 45 years, through two World Wars and the Great Depression. Despite these enormous challenges, the organization grew under Miss Devereux's leadership from one employee serving three children to almost 1,000 employees serving about 1,000 children and adults in both Pennsylvania and California. Although Miss Devereux stepped down as Director of The Devereux Foundation at age 73, she remained an active consultant to Devereux until her death at age 90 in 1975.

This year, Devereux celebrates its 100th Anniversary, with 6,000 employees serving more than 15,000 individuals and families every year. Miss Devereux would be very proud of Devereux's commitment to the highest quality services for its clients, of the organization's outstanding staff, and of its continuing financial strength. While the economic environment remains difficult, Miss Devereux is a source of inspiration. Whether selling milk door-to-door to keep her school open in the early years or working with families to establish scholarship funds near the end of her career, Miss Devereux did whatever was necessary to support the organization's vital work. She was once asked, “What do you do when you have no equipment, no money how can you expect to build a school?” Her response characterized her resolve, “I do not expect to personally build it, but I have firm faith in my concepts. First, I think spirit is creative and can be a tool to build on… I believe sympathy, sincerity, and service can be made to bear fruit in the lives of children and will bring us bricks and mortar as necessary. I believe that, and I believe we shall find some friends along the way who believe the same things.”

Happy Founder’s Day, and Happy 100th Anniversary!

Revised from a message written by Robert Kreider, President of Devereux

The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for young people diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety and variouslearning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/. Devereux Connecticut.
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The Glenholme School is accredited as an independent boarding school for children with special needs by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with diploma granting privileges. Glenholme is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and approved by the Connecticut Board of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, California Department of Education, and the New York State Education Department.The Glenholme School, 81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, Connecticut 06793, phone: 860-868-7377, fax: 860-868-7894, email: info@theglenholmeschool.org

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