Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. We have a unique model that connects the latest scientific and medical advancements to practical, effective interventions in the treatment of behavioral health.
Devereux was founded in 1912 by one of the first pioneers in the field, Helena Devereux. We continue today as a national non-profit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities, serving many of the most vulnerable members of our society in areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare.
Devereux changes lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.
Established in 1959, Devereux - Victoria is nestled on 450 acres of Texas countryside surrounded by an abundance of nature and wildlife. Located within the Golden Crescent of Texas, the Victoria campus is located between Victoria (a community of 65,000) and Goliad (a community of 2,000).
Both communities yield historical and cultural attractions. Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi are all within a couple of hours driving distance.
Devereux Victoria has provided effective and outstanding care to individuals with emotional, developmental and cognitive disabilities. We have helped thousands of people find brighter futures through supportive and nurturing care. Our highly trained professionals are committed to improving, revitalizing and enhancing each person’s life through quality programs and services.
Learn more about Devereux Texas at www.devereuxtx.org
Devereux Gardens is the community retail division of our Adult Community Vocational Program. Devereux clients are afforded the opportunity to gain a variety of life skills including baking, greenhouse production, janitorial services, candle making, woodworking, picnic-pack assembly, arts and crafts and planter making. These opportunities benefit our clients and provide experiences that enhance self-esteem through work that is functional and culturally valued.
Many Devereux clients have the opportunity to participate in our retail operation, the Devereux Gardens Floral & Gift Shops. With a floral shop located in the city of Victoria and sells an array of unique floral designs, gift baskets 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.
1313 N. Navarro
Victoria, Tx 77901
Mon-Fri. 8am - 5:30pm - Sat ~ 9am - 2pm
120 David Wade Dr.
Victoria, Tx 77905
Mon. - Sat. 9am - 4pm
We carry a variety of citrus trees, vegetables, mums, bedding plants, roses, hibiscus, succulents, bougainvillea, spring/fall annuals, hanging baskets, fruit trees, herbs, houseplants, indoor foliage, perennials, porch plants, hummingbird and butterfly plants
Newspaper Article about Devereux Gardens
Joycelyn Rhymer, 34, walks through one of seven greenhouses at Devereux Gardens before sweeping. The nonprofit has about 55 participants in the vocational training program.
Devereux programs grow work, life skills
Article reprinted from the Victoria Advocate
By Laura Garcia
Johnnie Johnson, 46, watches her co-worker carefully trim plants at Devereux Gardens.
"I don't do that," she said. She points out the sections of plants in the garden that she's responsible for watering and sweeping.
"I just try to make them look good," she said.
Johnson is part of the vocational training program at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Texas.
She works at Devereux Gardens, a professional nursery open to the public, which offers hundreds of varieties of specialized and unusual plants.
When she first started in the Devereux program, she worked in the bakery.
"I think I like this better," she said.
The vocational training program helps those with severe mental and development disabilities learn vocational and social skills in a therapeutic environment.
Horticulturist Tim Hoover said he's gotten to know the clients in the program and tries to focus on what they can each do best.
Some days are more challenging than others, but he uses positive reinforcement to help those in the program continue to grow their skills, he said.
"My goal is I want to make each day a successful day," Hoover said.
The nursery itself has grown substantially since it started about 26 years ago, said Paula A. Dixon, vocational manager at the Devereux campus located off U.S. 59 South of Victoria.
The growing center was once one little greenhouse and now features seven.
There are about 55 participants in the vocational training program, which includes the gardens, bakery and "pic pac," which is the assembly of individually packaged plastic cutlery.
Pic pac program instructor Ray Reyes said while it sounds repetitious, every day is different.
"I've been with them so long that when they come in, I can tell if we're going to have a good day," he said.
He has two clients who can do all of the tasks, which involve packaging a spoon, knife, fork, salt and pepper, wet nap and napkin.
Others do a very specific task to contribute to the assembly of cutlery kits, which are sold to Mumphord's Place BBQ, Uncle Mutt's Bar-B-Q and Ventura's Tamales and for catering special events.
Clients learn a different set of skills in the bakery.
Ron Smart meticulously cleans and organizes as he dances to hip-hop music playing from a speaker.
Laurel Williams helps dry pans washed by Rodney Connor, and nearby, Andre Charles is scooping cookie dough on a large pan.
Charles lives on campus, while others live in Victoria and come in for their shift.
The 32-year-old just recently started in the bakery program at Devereux.
"It's giving me a new challenge," Charles said.
Della Brown, who has worked as an instructor for 19 years, watches as her bakery crew helps to make baked goods from scratch.
"I love my clients," Brown said.
Together they produce about 100 dozen cookies and 90 boxes of brownies each week and many more during the holiday season.
Devereux products are sold at Devereux Gardens Floral and Gift Shops located in Victoria.
Some clients work in the storefront learning how to work within a community retail setting.
Dixon said in all three vocational training programs, the experienced staff help their clients work past any individual limitations.
"We don't focus on the negatives," Dixon said. "If they mess up a whole tray of brownies, that's OK. We'll just start again."
Victoria Discovery Article on Devereux Gardens
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