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eNewsletter - April 2017

Advisory Board News and Announcements

Devereux Georgia staff, students and guests gathered Friday, April 14 to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. During the campus assembly, Advisory Board Chair, Joe Glancy, presented a proclamation marking April 14, 2017, as “Gwendolyn B. Skinner Day” in recognition for all she has done for Devereux Georgia and commemorating her recent promotion to Operational Vice President of Devereux Georgia and Devereux Florida. Ms. Skinner was surprised by her family, Advisory Board members and leadership team. Devereux Florida leadership members also joined the surprise celebration via video conference. Immediately following the assembly, Emeritus Advisory Board member and long-standing Devereux Georgia supporter and friend, Helen Carlos, participated in a ceremony dedicating the courtyard and garden of Building 100 in Gwen’s honor.

Events and Campus Activities

Devereux Georgia hosted Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, April 14. The day was filled with an assembly honoring staff members for their commitment to the mission of serving youth of Devereux Georgia. Students gave musical and spoken word performances thanking staff members. During the assembly, Gwen Skinner presented the Supervisory Excellence Award to direct care staff, Nadine Logan along with a financial gift for her commitment, positive attitude, and care for the youth we serve. After the assembly, staff members were treated to a catered lunch.

Last month, Devereux hosted a campus-wide Daffodil Project event in support of The Daffodil Project. The worldwide project aims to build a Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember and represent the 1.5 million children who died in Nazi occupied Europe. Children served by Devereux participated by planting 360 daffodils in a memorial garden this past fall and took part in an educational series on Jewish heritage and Holocaust history in the classroom since the time of the planting. To commemorate the project, an assembly was held with speakers from the Jewish community and performances by Devereux youth. The keynote speaker and guest of honor, Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer, Consul General for the Consulate of Israel to the Southeastern United States, spoke about the importance of The Daffodil Project and shared her personal reflections as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Kennesaw State University Museum of History & Holocaust Education representative, Dr. Richard Harker, shared a brief historical understanding of the Holocaust. After the assembly, guests and students participated in the dedication of the Daffodil Project garden. Rabbi Lauren Cohn and Rabbi Daniel Dorsch presided and provided a blessing of the garden. Guests, students and staff wore yellow as a sign of honor and remembrance. Later that day, students enjoyed a traditional Jewish dinner.

The Art of Feelings

Do not forget to save the date for Devereux Georgia’s annual fundraiser, The Hope Event: “The Art of Feelings,” on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event, taking place at the Marietta Country Club, includes a reception, music, and a silent auction showcasing artwork created by Devereux children. Please contact Nedra Wooten at to learn more about the numerous sponsorship packages available.

How YOU Can Connect

  • Interested in Fostering? Devereux Georgia’s Specialty Foster Care is always in need of foster care placements. You can help in other ways such as donating items for family use or providing respite services for families. To learn more, contact Mia K. Hobdy, Community Programs Recruiter at or (678) 303-2709
  • If you or someone you know are interested in a meaningful career helping youth, contact us! As an employee, you’ll work with other dedicated professionals who share your passion for helping individuals in need. No matter what job you have at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, regardless of your function or your tenure, we’re all trying to do the same thing to unlock human potential for people with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. To join the Devereux Georgia team, contact Chaintelle Davis at or (770) 427-0147 x2461
  • Contact Liz Bunder, Development Associate at (678) 303-2678 or to learn about other ways you can help.

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