January 1, 2020 – The families, residents, staff, and Board of Regents of Duvall Homes are thrilled to recognize the beginning of the 75th Anniversary of our great organization. More news and events planned for 2020 will be shared with the greater Duvall community in the coming weeks that will celebrate the many milestones and support of our steadfast mission of empowering people with developmental disabilities.
News & Events
Inspiring stories that showcase our growth and success and the community partnerships that make it possible.
December 24, 2019 – Happy Holidays from the staff at Duvall Homes! After decorating the hallways, doors and classrooms at ADT and preparing the group homes for the joy of the holidays, staff enjoyed a festive gathering at the Glenwood campus.
The end-of-year Employee Appreciation Lunch Celebration was filled with fun raffles, a delicious buffet and holiday bonuses made possible by the generosity of the families and friends of Duvall Homes. Congratulations to Davonna R., who won the annual “Tower of Candy” guess! View additional images.
December 16, 2019 – If you shop at Winn-Dixie, you can join others who support Duvall Homes in just a few easy steps.
Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG) has launched the Community Bag with a Giving Tag Program, a reusable-bag initiative that enables customers to make a difference in their communities while helping the environment. With each purchase of a reusable Community Bag with the Giving Tag, customers can make a $1 donation to their chosen local nonprofit.
Made from recycled materials, the specially designed reusable bags are available for purchase at Winn-Dixie, and thirty shoppers have already joined in to help support Duvall Homes!
Each Community Bag has an attached Giving Tag featuring a blue heart and instructions on how to make the donation. When they purchase a bag, customers will be directed online, where they’ll have seven days to remove the scratch-off layer from the bag’s Giving Tag to uncover and submit a unique identifier and choose the nonprofit to receive their $1 donation.
Every little bit counts, and this is one way that many small gifts can come together to make a difference!
December 2, 2020 – Year after year, with a fleet of 28 vans, Duvall Homes’ transportation service logs thousands of miles, moving nearly 100 developmentally disabled resident-passengers to and from any one of their sixteen group homes in West Volusia County. Time has taken its toll on the vehicles and three can now be cycled out of service, thanks to a $246,000 federal grant awarded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The grant will allow for the purchase of three new cutaway buses, fitted with special wheel chair lifts and apparatus for the disabled travelers. One of the new vehicles will be on hand for service at Duvall’s newest group home, opening early next year. A $417,000 grant from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation provided funding for the build, executed by Camelot Custom Construction, Inc. It will be home to six special needs residents.
Two utility vans donated by DaVita Labs, will help fulfill another transportation gap and the needs of Duvall’s maintenance and facilities division. “Our crew are currently using service vehicles that are many years old, with very high mileage, and the frequency of break downs really impairs our work,” said Duvall’s transportation coordinator, Lisa Herring.
When asked about the donation, Hersh Sanghavi, DaVita’s General Manager said, “We’re a mission-driven organization and believe that fidelity towards our community is just as important as our company and shareholders. Through our long-standing partnership with Duvall Homes, we’re honored to participate in a small way in the incredible work provided for the underserved in our community.” In September, DaVita was awarded the Alanson and Thelma Duvall Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service at Duvall’s Fifth Annual Inspiration Gala, held at the Sanborn Events Center in DeLand. (Read inside Duvall’s 2019 Fall Newsletter.)
“Grants can be a critical funding source, but they’re no more important than the community partnerships we rely on for support,” said Steven DeVane, Duvall Homes’ CEO, adding, “all the vehicles have come at a time of great need and this is a wonderful way to close out the year. As we navigate toward 2020, we’ve already got a jump on the New Year and our upcoming milestone 75th Anniversary!”
November 4, 2019 – Delivering meals for Volusia County’s Council on Aging are Day Training Participants Clare, Ari and Kenny with assistance from long-time Support Specialist, Cindi J.
Duvall Homes has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for several years. The national nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing services that enable Volusia County seniors to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes.
Hundreds of thousands of homebound people each year across the nation, who are elderly, disabled and often times Veterans, are helped. The staff and residents of Duvall Homes are proud to be a part of this great service in our community.
October 18, 2019 – Friends and families of Duvall Homes will soon receive our 2019 Fall Newsletter, which will be slightly smaller at eight pages instead of the former 12. Read an informative feature on Caring For The Next Generation at Duvall, as well as latest news and highlights on another successful Inspiration Gala.
October 9, 2019 – A very special, early release of Duvall Homes’ 75th Anniversary Art For Everyone Coloring Book debuted at our 2019 Inspiration Gala on September 27, which took place at the Sanborn Center in DeLand, Florida. Images of the works of art created by day training participants and support staff are celebrated in this 20-page project that was completed last summer at Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center.
The completed artworks were transformed into grayscale coloring pages so that the community could take part in this empowering Initiative developed to introduce the artistic talents of Duvall artists and their support team to a larger audience.
We are proud to share these colorful, collaborative artworks created through the eyes and hands of people with special needs. And the option to color within large or small lines, or to use removable tape for guides just as Duvall residents demonstrate (here), makes the coloring book a great gift for any age or ability.
Many of the pages in this anniversary coloring book have a repeating Crossroads focus – symbolic of the many roads taken in all Duvall programming to bridge the gap between ability and disability.
If you’re interested in supporting a great program for people with developmental disabilities through the donation of 20 or more coloring books to a classroom or school of your choice, please contact Duvall Homes at 386.734.2874 or email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the sale of the coloring book help enhance the programs and services that enrich and improve the lives of those in our care.
Art For Everyone Update
Art Instructor, D. Renee Wilson, joined Duvall’s Art For Everyone Program this past August, helping us break in our new Art Studio.
Wilson is an established artist from New Smyrna Beach, and a professional Art Instructor from Arts4All Florida, a nonprofit organization headquartered in the College of Education at the University of South Florida
Under the guidance of their new instructor, Duvall artists contributed to the Sounds of The 60s – British Invasion theme at this year’s Gala with individual and collaborative works.
Artist Renee Wilson also donated a one-of-a kind Twiggy: The Face of 1966, an acrylic and block printing painting on a vinyl record, which she created just for the event! One lucky winner who bid the highest at the Gala’s silent auction, went home with this groovy masterpiece!
Thank you to all sponsors, auction donors and the participating community who continue to support the programs and services that serve people with special needs living at Duvall Homes and who attend our day training. You are all part of TheDuvallDifference.
September 24, 2019 – Exciting details and images will be shared in the coming weeks regarding the incredible strength of sponsorship and donations we have received this year in support of our mission and fundraising efforts for the upcoming 2019 Inspiration Gala on September 27. For now, join us in thanking the following organizations and individuals. (Click on thumbnails.)
“We are deeply grateful that our community has has joined us to help raise the critical funding that strengthens our ability to provide the best in quality services for those in our care,” said Duvall Homes CEO Steven DeVane. “We have a wonderful event planned and look forward to sharing another inspirational evening with everyone. Their decision to get involved has made all the difference in the lives of others!” Thank you for helping us continue to build opportunities that impact our community. DuvallHomes.org/Inspiration-Gala
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other related Tech stories: A Technical Sneak Peek
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.
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
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.
4th of July Celebrations
Orange City https://bit.ly/2JdOZrE (June 29)
DeLand https://bit.ly/2FHgtVH (July 3)
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