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DSP Recognition Week

Sept. 9, 2019 – This week, and every day of the year, alongside Florida’s Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, we wish to acknowledge and thank the hardworking team of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) at Duvall Homes. DSPs work 24/7 caring for the personal needs of each individual we serve with developmental disabilities.

Today, with 16 group homes throughout Volusia County, including a newly constructed group home in West Volusia, Duvall’s dedicated supportive care team has been committed to providing the most comfortable and safe residential services, community engagement and much more, for people with special needs since 1945 – almost 75 years ago! 

Learn more about the amazing programs and services provided by our incredible team members at DuvallHomes.org/Residential-Services

Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Preparedness

August 30, 2019 – As Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida, each of Duvall’s Group Homes in Volusia County has taken the necessary steps to update their personal shelter plans, which are in place all year round, including access to generator power. Staff will continue to provide the professional care and services essential to securing the safety and protection of all residents of Duvall Homes. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian and encourage friends and family to stay updated by referring to the National Hurricane Center at NHC.NOAA.gov/#Dorian and local authorities.

Duvall Homes 5th Annual Inspiration Gala

Duvall Homes 5th Annual Inspiration Gala

August 22 – Join us for our biggest, most exciting night of the year for Duvall Homes 5th Annual Inspiration Gala Friday, September 27, 2019, presented by The Hanky Family and Dr. & Mrs. Jules Zucker. Enjoy fantastic live music, award-winning cuisine, inspiring awards and a premier silent auction with incredible items similar to last year!

For the exciting details, related images, supportive sponsorships and silent auction donors, please visit our Inspiration Gala page at DuvallHomes.org/Inspiration-Gala. We hope to see you there! Reminder: The last two years sold out the second week of September.

ADT Tech Lab

Duvall Homes New Tech Lab

July 28, 2019 – The new Tech Lab inside Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center, is only one of a few classrooms that were given a complete renovation last spring. It’s Phase I to a larger Special Project objective that will be shared at Duvall’s Inspiration Gala.

Other classrooms were given fresh paint, new workstations and classroom materials, including our new Art Studio and Vocational Training Rooms.

Tech Lab

Tech Lab

Read the story inside Duall’s 2019 Spring Newsletter https://bit.ly/2WO5vYb. Thanks to the continued support of our families and community, we’re able to provide, and sustain, the very best supportive services and programming in a safe, welcoming environment to those we serve.

ADT Tech

Other related Tech stories: A Technical Sneak Peek

Thanking ADT Staff With A Renovation Tour

VR Empowerment: Residents Expand Their World

Support For Duvall’s Art For Everyone Program

Americans with Disabilities Act

Celebrating The 29th Anniversary Of The ADA

July  26, 2019 – Duvall Homes premieres a new video in celebration of the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act today. Click on Elizabeth below to see what exciting project she and other Day Training participants are working on for you and our extended Duvall community!

Art For Everyone

Employee Appreciation

Empowering Independence

July 4, 2019 – On this Independence Day, we wish to thank the hard-working support staff of Duvall Homes who work around the clock – 24/7 through every holiday – empowering independence to people with developmental disabilities in our care.

DSP sport MBI bags
Direct Support Professional, Jessica

We also wish to thank MBI Direct Mail, Duvall’s Vocational Workshop Partner, for their donation of special utility bags to our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and Day Training Support Specialists. Each bag had letters of appreciation from Duvall’s CEO, Steven DeVane, with ice cream vouchers from Pat and Toni’s Sweet Things tucked inside.

On their way to pick up residents from our Opportunities Enrichment Center, new DSP hire, Arrayma (top left), and Group Home Manager, Sherrie (top right), sported their smashing bags packed with essential work gear. Sherrie was instrumental in providing feedback on the features of the bag prior to its fabrication, which was initiated by Scott Robertson, MBI’s Director of Partnership Development. Robertson joined Duvall’s Board of Regents this past year.

Additional bags were given to team members from Duvall’s Administration, Facilities and Grounds departments. #IndependenceDay #ImInspired #TheDuvallDifference

Health & Wellness

Employee Health & Wellness Tips (July)

June 28, 2019 – Each month, Duvall Team Members receive Health & Wellness news as part of their benefits with Florida Health Care Plans. Here are a few tips taken from the July news. Make note of the many 4th of July events throughout Volusia County, including one that is this weekend, Saturday, June 29.

Team Health & WellnessProtect Yourself from UV Rays https://bit.ly/2qhxVX0 Dr. On Demand DoctorOnDemand.com Volusia Gyms FHCP.com/Documents/FHCP-Gym-List.pdf Nutritious Blueberry Facts BlueBerriesFromFlorida.com

4th of July Celebrations
Orange City https://bit.ly/2JdOZrE (June 29)
DeLand https://bit.ly/2FHgtVH (July 3)
DeBary https://bit.ly/2JgaoQG
Deltona https://bit.ly/2Xc9rOg
New Smyrna Beach https://bit.ly/2xiHyK5
Ormond Beach https://bit.ly/2ZXBmDu
Port Orange https://bit.ly/322BVhp
Palm Coast https://bit.ly/2NjiUDZ
Daytona Beach https://bit.ly/2IZ5B7u

Join our team of Support Specialists: Develop Critical Thinking. Build Compassion & Character. Be a part of #TheDuvallDifference. Visit DuvallHomes.org/Careers

#TheDuvallDifference

Volunteers Like No Other: River City Church

June 24, 2019 – An unbelievable amount of work was accomplished this past weekend by seven selfless volunteers from River City Church in DeBary, coordinated by Deacon Alex Fox.

This small crew did the work of a so many more: They assembled easels and art racks for the new Day Training Art Studio; they disassembled an old projection TV and stand; moved furniture; assembled large raised planters for the new Plein Air Art-Garden; painted benches and picnic tables; and landscaped an overgrown green space at the front entrance of ADT – all in 2.5 hours! Yes, it is hard to believe, but true!

The staff and residents are so very grateful and blessed to have such a caring community. Thank you all again!

ADT Art Studio

River City Service

River City Volunteers

Learn how to get involved with Duvall Homes at DuvallHomes.org/Get-Involved. Learn more about the ministry of River City Church in DeBary at RiverCityChurchepc.com.  View more photos. #TheDuvallDifference #ImInspired #Volunteer

Volusia Parent

A Special 2019-2020 Health & Wellness Resource

June 21, 2019 – Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities are not one and the same: Duvall Homes is proud to be represented inside this special 2019-2020 Health & Wellness resource published by Volusia Parent Magazine. Read “Understanding Special Needs” on page 25 in which distinguishing factors between people living with a developmental disability and those suffering from a mental illness are touched upon in this short article. https://buff.ly/2InKWJU

Learn more about the residential support services and empowering programs Duvall provides for people living with developmental disabilities atDuvallHomes.org

Employee of the Quarter

Employee of the Quarter

June 3, 2019 – Congratulations to Direct Support Professional (DSP) Nancy H. (above), for her 12 years of service and dedication to caring for people with developmental disabilities in our community who reside at Duvall Homes.

Each quarter, an employee is nominated by management for exemplary work performance. Employee of the Second Quarter was awarded to Mary I. Mary has been with Duvall Homes for 24 years. Congratulations to Mary and to 2018 other EOQ recipients: DSPs Elizabeth H., Debra L., Jamie D., and Arthur R.

Read a related story in Duvall’s 2019 Spring Newsletter.

North Lake Presbyterian Lady Lake

Support For Duvall’s Art For Everyone Program

May 15, 2019 – Thank you to the many community church groups who, for years, have kept Duvall Homes in their prayers, and continue to support the programs and services we provide. Yesterday, the special women of North Lake Presbyterian Church paid a visit to DeLand for a tour of Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center.
 
Following their tour, Linda Williams handed Duvall’s Director of Adult Day Training (ADT), Shirley Zonnevylle, a $500 check to help with programming expenses, as well as a $200 gift card for participants to go shopping for art supplies!
 
The ladies are familiar with how Duvall’s Art For Everyone program has grown during the past 4 years as they have provided funding for white boards and markers, donated art supply bags, and purchased mugs and greeting cards that display works of art created by our participant artists. Duvall’s ADT programming continues to flourish thanks to the steadfast support of people like the women from North Lake! You are part of the #TheDuvallDifference.
Look for more great art stories later this summer!! Read additional news and events like this inside Duvall’s 2019 Spring Newsletter.

Mother’s Day & Bulletin Boards

May 12, 2019 – Happy Mother’s Day from all staff, residents, and day training participants at Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center.

There are more than a half dozen large bulletin boards at Day Training and a full dozen classroom doors, which are blank canvases that transition into colorful masterpieces during various holidays and special events throughout the year. Our ADT Support Specialists take advantage of these blank canvases by researching meaningful visuals and messages to create inspiring works of art with participants and, for that, we’re thankful!

Heart Bulletin

Bulletin Board

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Follow Duvall Homes on Facebook to view these creative ADT works and other collaborative pieces that will be highlighted in a surprise publication later this year.

ADT Specialists

Thanking ADT Staff With A Renovation Tour

May 9, 2019 – Duvall Homes’ Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Elizabeth Bhimjee, met with staff from our Opportunities Enrichment Center last week at Duvall’s Glenwood campus.  The focus of the meeting was to tour some of the recently renovated Day Training classrooms, which took place during the past three months.

Bhimjee praised the hardworking Support Specialists and Management for their commitment to providing excellent programming to those in our care – a fundamental requirement, which helped in last year’s applications for grant funding. The entire renovation project has been made possible through the support of several private foundations, along with Duvall resident family members.

Each Member of the Staff was later rewarded with a personal Art Bin filled with essential art supplies and a colorful new “#DuvallDifference” T-shirt given by the Director of ADT, Shirley Zonnevylle,

A Phase II of ADT renovations is planned for 2019-2020. Look for a more detailed story in the upcoming 2019 Spring NewsletterBelow, Duvall’s newly renovated ADT “Tech Lab” complete with like-new office cubicles from Commercial Office Liquidators in Sanford, new chairs, headphones, new storage cabinetry and blinds from DeLand Lowe’s and freshly painted walls and tables.

Adult Day Training

Post by Lisa Habermehl

Duvall Homes Volusia Parent

Duvall Homes: Inside Volusia Parent Magazine

May 1, 2019 – Duvall Homes is proud to be a part of Volusia Parent Magazine’s Summer Planning Issue. The issue focuses on many exciting activities in which children can participate during the summer months, including volunteering.

Duvall’s mission of providing residential supportive care and day training services would not have lasted for 74 years if it weren’t for the generosity of our giving community. Community service is a huge part of that giving – an important activity for children to be part of and to learn from.

“We are fortunate to have the most generous supporters, and without them, much of our work would be difficult to accomplish,” said Elizabeth Bhimjee, Duvall Home’s Chief Marketing & Development Officer. “Volunteers are part of our long history, and we rely heavily on their kindness and compassion.”

We are fortunate to have a community of ambassadors of all ages who continue to donate their time assisting Duvall’s staff and residents. These caring groups are dedicated to service all year round and are essential to our daily operations.

Duvall’s story on Developing Community Ambassadors, appears inside the May issue of Volusia Parent Magazine, as well as Flagler and St. Johns Parent Magazines. Read the full story here on pages 8 and 9.

#ImInspired #TheDuvallDifference

Community Ambassadors

Post by Lisa Habermehl

Newsletter Cover Post

Remodel, Refurbish & More Inside Spring Newsletter

April 30, 2019 – Arriving soon in your mailboxes is Duvall Homes’ 2019 Spring Newsletter. “There is always so much to share in our newsletters, and this issue is no exception,” said Duvall’s CEO Steven DeVane. “We honor our dedicated staff and volunteer groups who together form the backbone of our mission, and we are grateful for their compassion and tireless work.

In his newsletter message, DeVane references the many undertakings staff and contractors have completed and continue with regarding remodeling of our Opportunities Enrichment Center (Adult Day Training) and group homes.

DeVane continues to work at the state level with leadership in Tallahassee on workforce development issues related to Duvall’s Direct Care staff. Through his work with the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, in partnership with the Florida Department of Education, “We are proud to be part of Florida’s first competency-based apprenticeship program for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). This pilot program is in its early stages, but we are hopeful it will elevate the important work DSPs perform and lead to greater validation, special certification and, ultimately, higher wages,” added DeVane.

2019 Duvall Homes Newsletter

Also inside the newsletter are details surrounding Duvall’s Fifth Annual Inspiration Gala. Be sure to SAVE-THE-DATE September 27, 2019 for our most important fundraiser of the year. Several announcements will be sent out during the next few months. In the meantime, enjoy an overview of what to expect at this year’s Gala, including an opportunity to reserve your tickets early this year before it sells out, inside the digital newsletter at DuvallHomes.org/Newsletters.  In the coming weeks, updates will be made to our Inspiration Gala page.

Post by Lisa Habermehl