FECA was establish 23 years ago with the mission to open a school for children with autism. That school, the Devereux Millwood Learning Center is now in its 21st year providing 48 children and young adults ages 5 through 21 with an exemplary education. The school moved in 2016 to a new, expanded location in Mt. Kisco and is now known as Devereux Cares. As students have grown and graduated into adulthood FECA has responded with support for vocational and employment opportunities including a continuing partnership with the Devereux Adult Program and critical funding for the Extraordinary Ventures New York initiatives.
In recognition of our expanded mission and to further enhance the lives and wellbeing of individuals on the spectrum, FECA has retained its acronym while becoming the Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism. We extend our deepest appreciation to our many long standing loyal supporters who have stood shoulder to shoulder with us as we continue to support the individuals we endeavor to serve.
FECA Continues Support for Employment Initiatives: EVNY Opens New Headquarters in Mt. Kisco
Extraordinary Ventures New York was established in 2015 with the mission to create small businesses that were geared to the unique skills and interests of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Established with startup funds from FECA, the first business, seasonally festive candles sold at local fairs and markets, was launched from the basement pool table of one of the founders. The business was astoundingly successful right out of the gate and it became clear that further growth would require both a director and a new home. The first objective was achieved through the hiring of Liz Oliveto, a former teacher at DMLC and a DAP job coach, who brought both the natural talent and enthusiasm to expand the first business and begin the first forays into the next, an office solutions enterprise.
This September, EVNY will open the doors to spanking new headquarters at 350 Lexington Avenue in Mt. Kisco, New York.
The site will allow for the expansion of the initial candle business to embrace a EV Gifts line which currently includes uniquely designed and crafted bracelets, an expanded office solutions initiative and a personal laundry business. With the expansion of the businesses will come the necessary recruitment and training of an expanded work force which is well underway.
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