Assistant Secretary Sheldon Visits Orlando Campus
L-R: Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon, U.S. Dept. of Heath & Human Services; Lisa Kroger, Regional Administrator; Steven J. Murphy, Executive Director; Lindsey Phillips, External Affairs Director; Robin Pool, Program Director; Maggie McGill, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Devereux Foundation
Recently Devereux Florida’s Orlando Campus welcomed George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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Nothing Fishy About Devereux's Seafood Festival
Devereux Florida recently cooked up some fun for kids at it’s residential treatment center in Viera, with a seafood festival open to all campus residents and staff. Everyone feasted on shrimp, broiled lobster tails, fried clams and more. This event was held as part of the organization’s commitment to fostering healthy lifestyles and introducing kids to a variety of food.
The festival succeeded in getting kids’ mouths watering for these new delectable flavors. One of our kids at the Viera Campus said it best, "This is deeee-licious!" Food Services Director Dan Viti kept the coastal fare coming as kids lined up for more. Nestled on a peaceful 55-acre campus in Brevard County, Devereux’s Viera Campus serves children and adolescents through a variety of professional behavioral and therapy services.
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Garden Party at the Parrish Grove Inn
Join us on Saturday, September 22nd, at the Parrish Grove Inn at noon for a fun afternoon among friends. The afternoon includes a fashion show from the Boutiques of Cocoa Village, a classic afternoon tea fare, door prizes, best hat contest, entertainment and more. Tickets are $30 and includes food, entertainment and one glass of champagne, a mimosa or wine available courtesy of our wine sponsor. All proceeds go directly to help fund the new Wellness, Learning and Activity Center at the Devereux Viera Campus.
RSVP today to Patrica Hurst at 321.752.3256. Sponsored by Parrish Grove Inn, CocoVee Upstairs, MELT Miami, Renie Adams and Viera Voice.
Devereux's Orange County Case Management Department Tops Adoption Goal
Last month, Devereux Florida's Orange County Case Management Department exceeded it's goal for securing adoptive parents for children in our care. Through the perseverance and dedication of our team, we matched 64 children with "forever families," surpassing the target of 60. "Helping children find families that will love and protect them for life is the greatest reward," said Regional Administrator Bill Bucher. Thanks to the hard work by our staff in Orange, Polk and Brevard Case Management, 123 children were successfully matched with families last fiscal year. "This has truly been a team effort. It takes everyone - from our case managers to counselors to supervisors and more - to make this kind of achievement happen." Congratulations to the Devereux adoption team.
Learn more about our Foster Care and Adoption Services, call 1-855-LUV-KIDS (1-855-588-5437) or email us at FLLoveAChild@devereux.org.
Rays Foundation Awards Grant for Sulphur Springs Youth Leadership Council
Devereux Florida received a $5,000 grant from the Rays Baseball Foundation during a May 17 luncheon and ceremony held at Tropicana Field. Made possible by the Rays Community Fund Grant Program, the donation was presented by Rays executives and players including Evan Longoria, James Shields and Ben Zobrist. The funds will be used to continue the Sulphur Springs Youth Leadership Council program, and to help ensure a successful transition from high school to higher education for members aged 13 - 18. Devereux is one of 15 charitable organizations that received grants to enhance and support their community services in the Tampa Bay region. Click for more information about the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Become a Fairy Godmother ...
Donate a Dress!
Here's your chance to help a Devereux teen feel like a princess for a night. Do you have a gently used bridesmaid's dress or formal gown hanging in the back of your closet, just waiting to be "worn again"? Donate it for the Prom held each year at our Viera Campus Devereux School! All styles and sizes are welcome, but dresses in sizes 16 and up are especially needed. Thanks to the generosity of Devereux friends and supporters, our Prom is a magnificent event and girls are treated to an evening fit for a princess.
Have a dress to donate? Contact Principal Pam Kenney at (321) 242-9100, ext. 77400.
Faces of Devereux
Clinical Manager for the Devereux Florida Treatment Network, Michelle Llorens is praised as a "fantastic role model … always ready to lend a helping hand.” Her supportive managerial style, creativity and reliability earned Llorens the 2012 Supervisory Excellence Award. This prestigious honor recognizes commitment to Devereux's core values, as well as development of the personal and professional growth of a supervisor’s team.
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The Art Corner
This imaginative artwork was created by a Devereux child.