Interaction and integration with the community is one of the most effective ways for individuals with behavioral, emotional and intellectual challenges to practice various skills as well as gain confidence and pride.
Everybody can be great
because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need
a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
Interaction and integration with the community is one of the most effective ways for individuals with behavioral, emotional and intellectual challenges to practice various skills as well as gain confidence and pride. These skills provide our individuals a foundation for future happiness and accomplishment. At Devereux, our children and adults seek happiness by giving back to the community through many volunteer activities, some of which are profiled below.
In fall 2011, a walk to cure diabetes was held in Wilmington, Delaware. In keeping with the CBHS Brandywine Program’s Sanctuary Model Commitment to Promoting Social Responsibility, many of the children and staff gave of themselves to participate in the walk. There were numerous sponsorships and donations, and many walkers from both the Brandywine and Mapleton programs actively participated in the event. The outpouring of support, due in large part to the spirit and commitment of the children and adolescents in our programs, resulted in Team KENCANZ being the largest contingent and was one of only three teams that raised over $10,000 for juvenile diabetes ($11,317 and counting, to be exact).
We are very proud of each and every member of Team KENCANZ!
Students at the CIDDS Kanner Learning Center show their support for the Coatesville Soup Kitchen and Coatesville Children, Youth and Women’s Alliance by collecting items they may need including clothing, hangers and shoes.
The CIDDS Girl Scout Troop has been busy this year. For a service project they donated one half of the money they raised selling cookies to a local homeless shelter. Now they are assisting a fellow troop with their Silver Award project—the design and decoration of banners for the light poles on the CIDDS campus, ultimately making it a more “kid” friendly area.
Keep up the good work!
Maurice, a gentleman who is part of the Adult Services family, has been volunteering at the local SPCA. This year he participated in the annual Walk-For Paws, their yearly fund raising event. On his own, he raised $155 for the charity and was asked to walk one of the shelter dogs that is up for adoption. For his efforts he earned the thanks and respect of those with whom he volunteers and a T-shirt. However, he decided not to wear it until Monday so he could show everyone at work at The Shops.
Great job Maurice!
David, an individual from Community Supported Employment, has begun a book cart program at Bryn Mawr Terrace, a local assisted living facility. His goal is to help people who cannot get to the lobby or library easily to access reading materials.
During October 2011, staff and children at CBHS held a very successful bake sale in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. All proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society—Breast Cancer Foundation.
Congratulations everyone on a great effort for a great cause.
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