The Shops at Devereux: Helping adults with disabilities gain real-world job experience
The Shops at Devereux, part of Devereux Pennsylvania’s vocational training program, provide employment and training opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Shops are comprised of several specialized workshops that function as small businesses, producing goods and services for the community.
It addition to critical job skills, adults who work at The Shops learn social skills and life skills, such as how to make a budget and save money.
Shops at Devereux, part of Devereux Advanced
Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s vocational training program, provide adults with
intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn valuable
and marketable skills in a realistic work environment.
in 1962, The Shops,
located in Devon, Pa., are comprised of several specialized workshops that
function as small businesses, producing goods and services for the community. Members
of the public are encouraged to plan a visit to The Shops to see first-hand the
inspirational program in action.
addition to obtaining critical job experience, adults employed at The Shops earn
a paycheck, while learning social and life skills, such as how to make a budget
and save money.
adults we serve put their hearts and souls into everything they do at The
Shops,” said Program Administrator Kirk Smith. “Whether they are
stuffing and labeling packages, arranging floral bouquets or repairing bicycles
and cars – our individuals are gaining real-world, hands-on experience as they
work diligently toward acquiring the expertise needed to secure successful and
meaningful employment within the community. More importantly, these adults are
filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment when they receive their
paychecks for their hard work.”
Boosting self-worth and
Shops are a place where individuals not only learn new crafts and competence,
but they become more involved with, and connected to, the community.
individual who worked in our Daisy Shop once told me, ‘I can’t believe it,
Kirk! I sold my first flower,’” Smith shared. “She felt as though she had
discovered a whole new world of possibilities, which boosted her own sense of
self-worth and self-esteem. She told everyone in her family about what she had
accomplished. This inspired her to continue to work hard and set new goals for
The Shops at Devereux:
Plan your visit today!
Shops at Devereux are open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.–4
p.m. Stop by to take advantage of the following services:
- The Apparel Shop – custom embroidery,
silkscreen and digital screening
- The Auto Shop – full-service
automobile mechanic shop – offering everything from state inspections and car
washes to brake and engine repair
- The Bike Shop – full-service bike
repair and sales shop
- The Daisy Shop – full-service floral
shop that delivers within a 15-mile radius of Devon location
- The Greenhouse – specialty plants,
seasonal landscape or indoor greenery, fresh and dried herbs
- Packaging, assembly and
– stuffing, labeling, packaging and shrink wrapping
- Mobile work crews – office/bathroom cleaning
and outdoor litter pickup during daytime hours
- Recycling crew – paper, plastic and aluminum
waste recycling pickup
adults take pride in everything they do and they put significant effort into
producing quality work,” Smith explained. “If you need your car inspected, you
can be rest assured you will receive exceptional service at a reasonable price
at our Auto Shop. If you need flowers for your wedding, our Daisy Shop will
create breathtaking floral arrangements for your special day. Plus, when you
use our services, you are giving back to the community by supporting Devereux
and our mission to unlock human potential. The Shops are a place where our
individuals learn and grow, and we are here to support and encourage them every
step of the way.”
you are a business looking to get involved with The Shops, contact Kirk Smith
by phone at 610-964-3207 or via email at email@example.com.
Advanced Behavioral Health.
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