Fr. Devereaux Honored for Promoting Affordable Housing, Social Justice

EAH Affordable Housing Social Justice
Fr. Devereaux with friends and EAH Housing staff (left to right): Mary Murtagh, Juan Chavez, Fr. Thomas Devereaux, Al Bonnett, Felix AuYeung

On August 20 at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, the Rev. Dr. Sir Thomas Devereaux a Michigan native who has served here all his priestly life, received recognition for 47 years of social ministry within diocese and the Bay Area.

The evening was hosted by EAH, a non-profit housing corporation based in Marin. Its aim is to bring about social change through the creation of affordable housing opportunities for people. Currently they are in 50 of California’s 58 counties and are in Hawaii, as well. They have put roughly 20,000 people into 9,000 housing units.

In her remarks to the roughly 35 attendees—who dined on mixed organic baby lettuce, grilled beef tenderloin roasted rainbow carrots, gourmet mushrooms, Point Reyes blue cheese mashed potatoes, and chocolate cake—EAH President Mary Murtagh noted that “housing is a vehicle to change people’s lives,” and that Father was a champion for that cause.

“You never turned down a challenge,” she told him in front of the gathering, calling him “a wonderful, unique person.”

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