Pre-Vocational Day Program
Educational training is offered for individuals who have pre-vocational or life skill attainment needs. The focus is on building personal skills that include:
A sensory integration and stimulation environment is available for clients with severe developmental disabilities.
In a therapeutic environment, participants learn the basic work habits that are necessary in finding and keeping a job, such as the importance of reporting to a job site on time and wearing appropriate clothing. Social skills such as working as part of a team, demonstrating respect for others and having enthusiasm for a job, are also taught in the program. Success is achieved by providing participants individualized attention and offering clients an opportunity to work in a variety of areas including horticulture, kitchen crafts, seasonal craft production, janitorial services, and packaging and assembly. Two very popular vocational programs are the Devereux Gardens and the Devereux Bakery.
Devereux Gardens is a professional nursery that is open to the public and offers hundreds of varieties of specialized and unusual plants, including: exotic tropical plants, hibiscus, woody perennials, annuals, seasonal plants, caladiums, Texas natives, gorgeous hanging baskets and much more. In addition, a wide selection of fertilizers, mulch and quality potting soil are also available. Participants in this program learn all aspects of plant care and how to interact appropriately with retail customers.
The Devereux Bakery provides participants the opportunity to learn the many aspects of food service and retail sales. In addition to producing a variety of cookies and their renowned buttermilk brownies for retail sale, Devereux Bakery also caters special luncheons and fills special orders for baked goods. Clients in this program learn proper food handling, as well as the importance of meeting deadlines, consistently creating a quality product and customer satisfaction.
Devereux Gardens Floral Gift Shops
Clients can also participate in Devereux’s retail operations, the Devereux Gardens Floral and Gift Shops. With two shops located in the cities of Victoria and Goliad, each location sells an array of unique floral designs, gift baskets, fresh fruit smoothies and frappe drinks and a wonderful collection of specialty gifts. The shops give Devereux clients the opportunity to work within a community retail setting in a supportive and therapeutic environment.