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What's Happening at Devereux California … November 2017

#GivingTuesday

Devereux California is excited to participate in #GivingTuesday. Please follow our posts on Facebook for more information and look below to learn how to get involved:

  • If you would like to make a year-end gift to Devereux California, click here to access our secure website.
  • If you would like to support Devereux California with a pledge, bequest or endowment, please contact Manager of External Affairs Wendy Cooper at wcooper2@devereux.org, or call (805) 879-0307.

About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement happening in 98 countries around the world – and everyone, anywhere, can participate. Held annually, this national day of giving occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (following Black Friday and Cyber Monday) and is meant to inspire people to improve their local communities – giving back to causes they support.  

Since its launch in 2012, #GivingTuesday – which is powered by social media – has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for charitable organizations. Click here to learn more about this special day.

Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Dan Terry

Dan Terry  

Thank you to Dan Terry, who has agreed to serve as Devereux California’s Board of Advisor Secretary – for fiscal year 2018.

Dan has served on the board since 2016. He has had a 50-year interest in special needs issues as both his brother and sister were born deaf. A resident of Goleta for 38 years, he has been a volunteer for the American Youth Soccer Organization and is the current president of the Foundation for Girsh Park. Dan is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Santa Clara Law School. He is a member of the California Bar Association.

Program Highlight: Supported Living Services

Devereux California’s “Supported Living Services” and “Independent Living Services” (SLS, ILS) programs are designed to provide another living option for adults with disabilities who would like to live in the community.

Individuals who participate in this program have the opportunity, within their economic means, to choose who they live with and where they live. Our team helps build relationships in the community, develops inclusion practices and assists adults in meeting their daily living needs. Our goal is to help individuals live successfully within their communities and be as independent as possible. We support adults with a wide range of needs, from those who require minimal assistance to those needing 24-hour staff support.  

Both SLS and ILS use a unique method of support through individualized social and skill-building activities, community engagement, and flexibility of staffing hours. Depending on the needs of each adult we support, we can provide a 1:1 staff-participant ratio, as well as shared staffing with house mates. There are a number of factors that determine which program an individual is referred for; one primary difference between SLS and ILS is the number of staff support hours:

  • ILS participants receive 20 hours per month or less of staff support
  • SLS participants receive more than 20 hours per month of staff support 

Staff support may include assistance with learning/performing daily skills including:

  • Being active in the community through recreational and social activities
  • Cooking, cleaning and personal care
  • Paying bills, budgeting and household shopping
  • Scheduling and managing appointments

Supported Living Services program staff contacts:

  • Rebecca Popke – Marketing and Admissions Director – (805) 879-0398
  • Ha Nguyen – Program Administrator – (805) 879-0313
  • Chase Manoukian – Program Coordinator – (805) 879-0305
  • Jesus Navarro – Program Coordinator – (805) 879-0302
  • Evan Tambini – Lompoc Office Program Coordinator – (805) 879-0327

Welcome new staff member!

Devereux California welcomes Annika Tamkun – administrative support for the Human Resources/Learning team. Annika has worked for our organization for nearly two years in our Supported Living Services Program. Annika graduated from University of California at Santa Barbara in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological and Brain Sciences, and a double minor in Applied Psychology and Education.

How you can help …

We currently serve more than 90 individuals in our residential facilities, and their own homes, throughout the Santa Barbara community – and that number continues to grow. Thank you to our Devereux families, individuals, staff, Advisory Board members, donors and all those who make it possible to continue the mission of our founder – Helena T. Devereux.

Annual holiday party and ongoing wish list:

Devereux California is in need of the following items for its annual holiday party. This party is held every year to help the individuals we serve get into the holiday spirit. At this time, we are expecting 120 people. If you would like to donate any of the following items, please contact Cindi Thompson at cthomps5@devereux.org or call (805) 879-0310. Thank you!

  • Sugar-free hot chocolate
  • Sugar-free candies (for hot chocolate toppings)
  • Sugar-free whip cream
  • Costco gift card
  • Flavored popcorn
  • Fruit platter
  • Cheese platter
  • Vegetable platter
  • Crackers
  • Sugar-free dessert (brownies, cookies, etc.)

Devereux California ongoing wish list:

Our Adult Day Program is in need of recreational equipment, computers, iPads and other learning tools to meet the program’s objectives for behavioral and vocational skill-building. If you are interested in donating, please contact Program Director Julie Badella at julie.badella@devereux.org or call (805) 879-0306.

To support Devereux California with a gift, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (805) 879-0307.

The Greenhouse at the Goleta Farmers Market

If you plan to visit the Goleta Farmers Market, make sure to stop by the Devereux California booth, where participants in our Adult Day Program will sell Succulent plants and herbs grown in our very own Devereux Greenhouse.

The Devereux Greenhouse is also open for sales on Friday mornings, from 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m., as part of our Adult Day Program.   

 

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