The Devereux Center offers support systems and advocacy for the homeless, those suffering from mental illness, and veterans. We serve an average of 80 people a day. Also known as the Nancy Devereux Center, we are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization founded in 1979. The Center is a day facility that is open from 9 am to 2 pm every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. A waffle brunch is served in collaboration with the Coos Waffle Project on Thursdays from 10-Noon.
We offer our clients and community members a free nutritious meal, as well as laundry and showers. The food for these meals is largely provided through the generosity of the Oregon Coast Community Action’s “Food Share Program”, as well as generous donations from various local businesses and private individuals.
The Devereux Center works on a limited budget and utilizes both paid and volunteer staff. We have about 30 dedicated volunteers working every week. Our volunteers have working relationships with local social, health, and legal services to ensure help for our clients and residents as needed.
Some volunteers cook and serve food, clean the building, assist clients with basic services and help maintain the property. Others reach out in the community to help people find work while others apply for grants to continue and expand our services. We are strengthening our local network to help people find affordable housing, work and food. We strive to put a positive view on the abilities of our people and dispel the stigma associated with homelessness and mental illness. At the Devereux Center, we encourage education and provide advocacy and support. A key part of our mission is helping people “Learn to Dream Again.” If you would like to be involved, please call 541-888-3202 and ask about volunteer opportunities.