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What's Happening at Devereux California … March 2018

A note from our Executive Director Amy Evans

As we spring forward into March, I wanted to share some news on the legislative front.  

Since 1998, Devereux California’s reimbursement rates from the state – for providing assistance to the individuals we serve – have been frozen with no significant increases to offset the operating costs required to provide these services.  

In an effort to increase this support and funding, Assemblymember Chris Holden (District 41) sent a letter to the California Legislature Budget Committee to shed some light on this issue. The letter, dated Jan. 9, 2018, requests bridge funding in the amount of $25 million for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to maintain these critical services, pending the finalization of a DDS rate study DDS that is scheduled for completion in March 2019. The letter addresses the critical need for rate increases and the struggle providers are facing to keep these services available.  

Holden asked for complete funding reform to “help preserve essential services and maintain critical relationships that service providers have with the people they serve.” 

The support from Assemblymember Holden is wonderful – and we need your support, as well. This much-needed funding will go a long way, as Devereux California continues to face increasing costs while maintaining the highest quality services and supports. On behalf of our staff and the individuals we serve, I encourage you to call, or write your legislature in support of this letter.  

Thank you for your support!

Amy Evans
Executive Director – Devereux California


Amy Evans

Amy Evans
Executive Director

Devereux California Receives $3,000 Grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation 

We are excited to announce that Devereux California was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation to help boost its programs for seniors. 

The Senior Programs of Santa Barbara Committee Advised Fund – through the Santa Barbara Foundation – provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria that address the needs of senior citizens living in these areas. 

The donation will support required staff training for the organization’s Weisman Center for the Elderly. This center was upgraded to a “Specialized Residential Care Facility for the Elderly,” which supports the provision of more intensive medical and palliative care to seniors with serious conditions such as cardiac and respiratory disease, diabetes, impaired mobility, sensory disabilities, and multiple physical disorders, as well as intellectual disabilities and behavioral disorders.  

Join us for a Community Fundraiser – Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill – April 9-10 

Enjoy a meal at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in Goleta on April 9 and/or 10, and 20 percent of the cost of your meal will be donated to Devereux California! When you order, just mention that you are there to support Devereux. Follow us on Facebook.


Adult Day Program Hosts Several Activities …

A Day of Beauty with Mary Kay 

A huge “thank you” to Mary Kay Cosmetics representative Cathy Calabro, who generously provided a “Day of Beauty” to participants in our Adult Day Program, which included a demonstration and application of face care products and makeup.

UCSB Music Connection Club Performs at Devereux 

Several individuals served by Devereux California’s Adult Day Program enjoyed singing and music by Kevin Corona, Katey Rein, Jade Burchette, Gavin Gomez, Alas Tarin and Natalie Clarke – all members of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Music Connection Club.  

Thank you to the UCSB Music Connection Club for taking time out of your busy day to spend time with us!

Devereux California Celebrates Employees during Staff Appreciation Party 

On March 16, Devereux California hosted a fun and festive Staff Appreciation Party at the Creekside Restaurant and Bar to show its appreciation for the dedicated direct support professionals and program administrators at our organization. 

We extend our gratitude to the following individuals and businesses who supported this event by donating gift certificates that were raffled off to our staff members:

  • Pat Kistler and IBNKIST, Inc.
  • Polished Nail Spa
  • Shane Nazareth
  • Susie Shaw

Save the Dates!  

Mark your calendars for Devereux California’s upcoming events:  

  • Adult Day Program Open House – March 20: Families and individuals are invited to visit our Adult Day Program Open House event on Tuesday, March 20, from 4–7 p.m. For more information, contact Rebecca Popke at (805) 879-0398. 
  • Community Fundraiser – Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill – April 9-10: Enjoy a meal at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in Goleta on April 9 and/or 10, and 20 percent of the cost of your meal will be donated to Devereux California! When you order, just mention that you are there to support Devereux. Follow us on Facebook.
  • Devereux Day – August 11: This year’s “Devereux Day” event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. This special day celebrates our individuals, and their friends and family, and will feature a lunch, entertainment and games on the Devereux California lawn. If you or your business would like to donate to this event, please contact Manager of External Affairs Wendy Cooper at

How You Can Help … 

Devereux California currently serves 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 Devereux.

Adult Day Program – 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 to our wish list, please contact program director Julie Badella at> or call (805) 879-0306. 

To support Devereux California, 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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