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New Community Outreach program builds partnerships; employment opportunities

Entering the workforce assumes certain skills – technical knowledge, marketable services and communication and social interactions.

At Devereux Pennsylvania’s Adult Services center, our team is focused on providing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to become productive and socially-connected members of society.

Through the center’s new Community Outreach program, Devereux is partnering with local businesses to provide employment and training programs to the individuals we serve every day. These partnerships help our clients build the necessary skills to prepare for competitive employment in today’s workforce.

Serving the community

Launched in January 2017, the Community Outreach program is beginning to gain recognition across the Philadelphia region. Look below to find out where our individuals are making an impact:

  • Food Harvest Program – Our individuals work with restaurants and retailers including Wawa, Outback and Starbucks to deliver food to nearly 20 churches and shelters in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Food from each of these establishments is donated directly to the program, never having been for sale or stored.
  • Chester County Food Bank (CCFB) – Our Community Outreach Program supports CCFB members, including the Salvation Army, Home of the Sparrow and Laurel House. The CCFB relies on our individuals to help deliver donated food to more than 200 people on a monthly basis.
  • Surrey Services in Devon – Our individuals are enrolled in Surrey’s “Future Chefs” program where they learn skills such as: food handling, clean-up, serving and teamwork.
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Brandywine – Our individuals learn to care for animals up for adoption by walking, interacting with and cleaning animal habitats.
  • The Devon Horse Show – In 2017, our individuals managed a vending area at this prestigious event, giving them a chance to operate as a small business for the day.

“A supportive environment is critical, so with each of our business partners, we review the tasks that need to be handled, along with the ability of our individuals to complete the work successfully and the possibility for longer-term employment,” said Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services Program Director Kirk Smith. “Helping our individuals become more involved in community life fosters new experiences and interests, the potential to develop friendships, and the ability to give back to the community.”   

Want to get involved?

The Devereux Pennsylvania – Adult Services Community Outreach program is always looking for new business partnerships!

If your business needs help or wants to get involved, Devereux can assist! To learn more, contact Kirk Smith

About Devereux Pennsylvania – Adult Services

Devereux Pennsylvania – Adult Services provides personal growth opportunities for adults, ages 21 through life span, with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, emotional and/or behavioral differences, and brain injuries. The organization serves nearly 400 adults living in homes and apartments throughout southeast Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more. 

  

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