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Devereux Georgia builds strong partnership with Circle for Children to benefit youth


Since 2016, the Circle for Children has raised more than $140,000 for Devereux Georgia. In 2021 alone, the Circle raised more than $70,000. Pictured from left: Devereux Vice President of Operations Gwen Skinner, former Circle for Children President Elaine LaMontagne, Devereux Georgia Director of Development Brenda Vazquez and Circle for Children Charity Liaison for Devereux BJ Wooldridge.

Previous funds from the Circle for Children were used to redecorate Devereux Georgia’s family visitation area, creating a warm, comforting - and colorful - environment.

Previous funds from the Circle for Children also were used to add dugouts to a sports field, providing additional athletic opportunities for youth.

For the past five years, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Georgia has built a strong partnership with the Circle for Children, a Marietta, Ga.-based nonprofit that offers financial support and personal encouragement to youth who have suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Currently, Devereux Georgia is the primary beneficiary of the Circle’s fundraising efforts, with Circle members donating their time and talents to support the children, adolescents and young adults served by the organization.

Since 2016, the Circle has raised more than $140,000 for Devereux Georgia.

“We are extremely grateful to the Circle for all that its generous and compassionate members have done over the years to support our organization and the individuals in our care,” said Devereux Vice President of Operations Gwen Skinner. “In 2021 alone, the Circle raised more than $70,000 for our center. Those funds will be used to update the common areas in two of our oldest residential units and renovate our campus salon.”

Lending a helping hand

In addition to financial assistance, Circle members support Devereux Georgia by volunteering at center events; buying and wrapping holiday gifts; and donating food, as well as personal care and recreational items for youth.

“Many of our members want to be hands-on, helping out in any way they can,” explained Circle for Children President Cindy Formica. “The team at Devereux Georgia has been wonderful to work with – they really care about the kids. Our partnership has been very rewarding. When you see the kids having fun, it’s heartwarming.”

Circle for Children Charity Liaison for Devereux BJ Wooldridge also noted, “We work with Devereux Georgia to put together a calendar of volunteer opportunities for our members, including festivals, dances, dinners and more. At each of our Circle meetings, we collect items for Devereux Georgia youth, such as composition notebooks, undergarments, socks, body wash, puzzles and games. I taught for 32 years, and 23 of those years I worked in special education – it’s nice to give to children in need and see the smiles on their faces. The kids are always grateful and say, ‘thank you.’”

About the Circle for Children

Founded in 1927, the Circle carries a rich tradition of financial giving and personal encouragement to disadvantaged children and adolescents throughout the state of Georgia. The 100 percent volunteer organization has contributed millions of dollars in aid and scholarships, as well as countless hours of hands-on service to at-risk youth.

Learn more about Devereux Georgia, and learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.


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