Stories of Hope
Perhaps the best way to demonstrate Devereux’s commitment to
its Philosophy of Care are the stories of our individuals and their journeys – and
the amazing staff that support their growth, happiness and personal
fulfillment. Through hard work, patience
and passion, our individuals and staff work together to common goals, inspiring
hope and empowering lives along the way.
“Our son has been at Devereux for over 40 years now.
Over all of these years, Devereux’s staff has provided him with a full
life, involving participation in a variety of activities, work and wonderful
relationships. He has matured and grown
into a loving, caring and giving man. Devereux has been his family away from home. Devereux is the absolute best in the world—the staff is professional and caring.”
“Devereux has been a miracle. After graduating at
21, our son lived at home and worked in a vocational program. We were often overwhelmed by his behavior at home, and it affected our relationships and interactions with one another. Six years ago, we found Devereux. The staff has always worked to support and
grow his skills and abilities. He has developed and matured so much - he is working in the community at a major grocery store chain, banking, using a debit card and living as a considerate
and responsible roommate. Devereux has
helped our son come into his own. He has
more friends now and is happy and proud of his accomplishments. We cannot thank you enough.”
Linda and Norman Mosko
“Devereux is the first place my family member has ever been happy. She receives an
excellent quality of life. We are in communication with the staff and I cannot praise them enough for the effort they put into implementing plans and following up on each individual.”
Devereux Family Member
Children’s Behavioral Health Services
“I am so appreciative to the staff at Devereux Children’s Behavioral Health Center. The staff provided my daughter Molly and our
family specialized programming that we needed.
The staff was so kind and communicative.
We received regular face-to-face meetings and telephone contact. Molly has been doing well since her
"Devereux has made a big impact in my life and has
allowed me to make the changes necessary to be successful. After four years of being in placements, I am about to be discharged home to my mom’s house where I will finish high school
and go to college to become a registered nurse. My teachers, principal, therapists, staff, and peers at Devereux Mapleton motivated me to want more for myself and helped me believe that I am
capable of achieving my goals."
Geneva, Former Student
“When I arrived here I was not the happiest person. I was acting like an ignorant teenager. But I want to thank the Devereux staff for
all they have taught me during my stay.
I am so appreciative for the activities and inspiring group discussions
that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Katie, Former Student
Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services
its 100-year history caring for and supporting individuals with disabilities, including
the growing Autistic population, Devereux is uniquely positioned to provide a
full range of support services to meet individuals with specific needs. I have
not found a better program anywhere in the world."
Reichwein, Devereux Parent
were one of the lucky ones to get elected to go to Devereux. We would recommend
it to any parents. They worked with our
family specifically for our needs.”
Sautter, Devereux Parent
“Deshanee has shown so much improvement
since going to Devereux. Her progress
has not only been within the compounds of the program, but has also carried
over to her behavior at home during her visits.
Devereux has been such a great help to not only Deshanee, but to the
entire family, we are so grateful for all that Devereux has done.”
Wellington, Devereux Grandparent
“I would highly recommend Devereux –
CIDDS for any child or adult that can benefit from their services and staff. These people really know their stuff and have
been wonderful through the entire process.
They have been great with my son, great for my son and great to me and
considerate of my desires and feelings for Dennis.”
“Devereux really seemed to be the best place for my daughter
Annie. It was the best in terms of what
the curriculum was including the positive behavior supports that they use and
the reinforcements. The environment and the staff is what I was most impressed
with. The staff got to know our
names—they are very caring. The changes
in our life have just been so wonderful, optimistic and hopeful.”
Amy Kelly, Devereux Parent
just wanted to thank you for giving us such an excellent Behavior Specialist,
Chris, to work with my son. He is now in sixth grade, in middle school in the
learning support class and received Distinguished Honors for the First Quarter
2012. We are so proud of his accomplishments. It would not have been possible
without Chris's support and dedication.
not often you find a person so dedicated to his work as we have found in Chris.
He was always ready to answer any questions or concerns we had, anytime,
whether it was his day to see our son or not. Chris would always respond
promptly to help.
I just had to acknowledge the great job Chris did in working
with our son to get him to where he is today - a confident young man.”
Grateful Devereux Parent
CAAPP (Community Adult Autism Partnership Program) has really positively affected
my life in so many ways. They've helped
me to stay calm during times of distress and focus on what needs to be
done. I've also been able to gain a lot
more independence in multiple areas including (but not limited to) transportation,
working, budgeting, cooking and other life skills. My favorite way that they have positively
impacted my life, though, is by taking some of the work load off of my parents.”
Erin Clemens, Participant in Devereux Pennsylvania’s CAAPP program
"I was very nervous when my son Benjamin graduated High School. What would he do? Would he be ok?
is my security blanket, I feel wonderful every morning he gets on the van to go
Devereux Pocono’s School-to-Work Transition Program”
Martin, Devereux Parent
brother currently resides at Devereux
Pocono Center. It is by far the best place for him. My brother and family went through five years
of harrowing experiences, from nursing homes, psych wards to group homes. Devereux is definitely the closest thing to a
home-like atmosphere. The employees are
superb human beings.”
have been coming to Devereux for many years and I am grateful. I really like working here and have made many
friends. I have grown since I started
Pocono Day Program Participant