Devereux Texas Treatment Network
Never in its 45-year history has Devereux Texas Treatment Network undergone an evacuation of the magnitude caused by Hurricane Rita.
Ninety-five staff at Devereux's League City, Texas, facility evacuated with the 110 severely emotionally disturbed adolescents they serve, many of them having long histories of severe abuse and neglect. The group successfully made the 240-mile trip to their evacuation site, but only after long hours on the road.
What Rita left behind were devastated families and a large financial burden for Devereux-the only local provider of acute care programs for children and adolescents. Their costs included the expense of evacuating, restoring the campus to full operational status, and lost revenue from closing programs for 10 days.
In the months following the storm, donor fatigue set in, and Devereux found it difficult to meet their fundraising goals. Last spring, the agency was approximately $400,000 behind their normal fundraising totals for that time of the year.
"Our losses are minimal compared to those experienced by many due to Rita and Katrina, but we feel considerable strain on our ability to operate as normal," Devereux explained in their grant request seeking help from CWLA.
To lighten Devereux's burden and enhance their ability to meet the needs of the children they serve, CWLA has awarded the agency $100,000 from the Katrina Kids fund. This money will help Devereux pay for staff salaries and benefits, repairs and clean-up to their facility, operating expenses, and the travel expenses incurred by the evacuation from and the return to their League City campus.
"Our organization will be stronger in several ways as a result of this need being met," Devereux stated in its grant request materials. "Receiving external recognition of our efforts and financial support from CWLA will be a big boost to both staff morale and our finances. We will be much more likely to meet our financial expectations and ensure the future of these much needed programs."
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