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Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services

Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA , Executive Director
139 Leopard Road
Berwyn, PA 19312
(610) 296-6800 Directions
Email admissions dsulli@devereux.org

Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services (formerly known as the "Whitlock Center") serves nearly 400 adults living in homes and apartments located throughout southeast Pennsylvania as well as our Berwyn community, which was the site of one of Miss Devereux's first schools. Our dedicated team of 600 staff, ranging from highly-specialized clinicians and nurses through to recreational and direct staff professionals, all work to one common goal the happiness, self-fulfillment and social integration of each adult in our community.

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Our Culture of Caring

One will often hear Devereux staff and others talk about our "Culture of Caring." Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services achieves a Culture of Caring by supporting and caring for our employees and the individuals we serve. We view ourselves as an extended family that care and help each other. We encourage families and others who care about the individuals we serve to partner with us and become members of our multidisciplinary teams, so that we can use all of our resources, talents, experience, skills and knowledge to inspire hope and empower the lives of those we serve.

All of our programs are licensed by the PA Department of Public Welfare.

Residential Programs

Our Community Homes and Apartments are located in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties and are home to Pennsylvanians as well as people from other regions. We can provide as needed or 24/7 staff support in apartments or single family homes. Every person who lives at Devereux has access to clinical services (psychologist or behavioral specialist), nurse, dietician, social worker (sometimes called a "Program Specialist") and other administrative support. Other services offered include art instruction, music activities and an indoor aquatic therapeutic pool and performance center/gymnasium. People who live at Devereux may choose to live alone or with others in a home or apartment. The following services and supports are included in our homes and apartments:

  • A multi-disciplinary assessment that uses a team approach to collaborate with families, agencies and individuals to determine needs, preferences, goals, interests, and strengths.
  • Appropriate clinical assessments and customized support plans constructed to assure positive outcomes; the development of self-management strategies, self-care, responsibility, decision-making, and independence skill acquisition
  • Opportunities for community participation and leisure/recreational activities
  • Dedicated care from our Direct Support Professional Staff-24 hours, 7 days per week
  • Nursing care and health coordination
  • Assistance in obtaining and managing health and financial benefits
  • Transportation for medical appointments, daily activities, and work
  • Assistance in locating and enrolling in day programs, finding employment or community habilitation activities. 

Employment Services

The Shops at Devereux, located in Devon, PA, provide employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities. The Shops are small businesses that produce goods and services for the community and are open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. Revenue is re-invested into the program to continue to provide employment opportunities and enhance our therapeutic environment and also to provide bi-weekly paychecks for all individuals.

The Shops offers the following features and benefits:

  • Variety of work settings
  • Competitive Pay – prevailing wages rates, performance evaluations and piece rates/hourly rates
  • Active Engagement Model (engage, teach, provide raise/encouragement)
  • Social Skills and self –esteem
  • Hot/cold freshly prepared meals and salads for lunch
  • Nurse available on-site for medication administration

Community Supported Employment

Available to residents of Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

The overall goal of Community Supported Employment (CSE)is to achieve independence that is appropriate and comfortable for the individual within his or her community-based employment position by utilizing natural supports.  As the individual develops confidence and acquires the skills needed to maintain employment, job coaching is eliminated when appropriate.

Job assessments are conducted to identify individualized strengths, weaknesses, and preferences of the individual. Employment Specialists work with individuals on resume building, interview skills, and social interactions. Job coaches are then used to assist the individual with maintaining their employment. Ongoing communication between the Employment Specialist and employer help determine any problems or issues an individual may encounter while working.

CSE’s primary funding is provided through the Adult Autism Waiver, ACAP, OBRA, Consolidated Waiver-P/FDS Waiver and Base funding for individuals with residential placement.  Private pay is also accepted.  CSE staff can assist in securing funding for eligible individuals.

Our individuals are currently working in a variety of work settings, including:

  • Acme Markets - Paoli and Devon
  • Chester County Animal Hospital
  • Conner-Williams Nursing Home - Ridley Park
  • CPCU - King of Prussia
  • Fair Acres Geriatric Center- Lima
  • Kitty Cottage - Norristown
  • Oddysey Healthcare - Blue Bell
  • Patty Mac's Cafe - Berwyn
  • Rite Aide Pharmacy - Devon and King of Prussia
  • TJ Maxx - St. David's
  • Toby’s Canine Camp
  • Wegman's - Malvern
  • Woodlynde School - Wayne

Devereux also employs individuals in various areas of its operations, including food service, animal assisted therapy and office settings.

Pre-Employment Day Program

Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services’ ALPHA Program is a pre-employment program that encourages people with disabilities to develop work, social skills and communication competencies.   The goal of ALPHA is to prepare individuals in the acquisition of identified skills to work in an employment program, in competitive employment or in volunteer positions in the community. ALPHA is located in Berwyn in the Mendelson Community Center of the Adult Services’ campus.  Individuals attending this program have opportunities to swim twice a day in our indoor aquatic therapy pool at the same location as well as take a break from tasks to play a game of volleyball or other games offered throughout the day. Also, occasionally community trips to local sporting events and other activities are provided for small groups.

The ALPHA Program also has a full kitchen and individuals can receive instruction in meal preparation. A hot/cold lunch is provided on a daily basis. The hours for the Alpha Program are 5 days per week, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.   

Respite

Respite care is designed to provide short-term, temporary care to family members caring for their loved one so that they can have a break from their responsibilities.  Respite stays can be a few days or several months depending on the needs of the family and can either be provided in the individual’s home or another setting.  While this form of care is often planned in advance, it is also available in crisis or emergency situations.

Devereux can provide respite in your home or in one of our community homes, depending on availability. Please contact Admissions at (610) 215-2017 or email dsulli@devereux.org.