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Duvall's Communitas Award

Duvall Recognized With 2020 Communitas Award

June 26, 2020 – This year, Duvall Homes nominated ADT Participants who volunteered throughout the year in numerous activities that helped our community. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army and Rise Against Hunger benefit from their service, and we were proud to bring their work forward for consideration for a prestigious Communitas Award.

Communitas Awards is an international effort to recognize exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals that are unselfishly giving of themselves. Winners are recognized for specific programs involving volunteerism, philanthropy and ethical practices. They are located throughout the world and include such recognizable companies as MasterCard, Honeywell, Dow Chemical, Toyota and Vonage!

Being a Communitas Award winner is a tremendous achievement and Judges found that Participants in Duvall Homes’ Day Training Program clearly exhibit the spirit of communitas, a Latin word that means people coming together for the good of a community. Participants were honored with the 2020 Excellence Award in Community Service and Social Responsibility! Congratulations to the whole team of Support Specialists at Duvall’s Day Training Center and to Shirley Vonnevylle, Duvall’s Director of ADT.

See Duvall Homes listed in Communitas Awards: Second Quarter 2020 Winners.

New Vans

New Special Needs Vans Arrive at Duvall Homes

June 7, 2020 – This past December, we reported the Duvall fleet of passenger vans logged thousands of miles transporting residents, and thanks to a $246,000 federal grant awarded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), three old vehicles have been replaced. Here are a couple photos of one of the three new vans recently purchased with the grant. Read Big Gifts.

 

 

 

Art Studio Patio

New Art Studio and Classroom Renovations

May 22, 2020Thanks to tremendous support from our friends at Publix, Duvall’s Adult Day Training Program opens its new Plein Air Art Studio.

Duvall Homes Art StudioMonths ago, before all attention turned to COVID-19 and the world health emergency, a special group of Volunteers from Publix Supermarket visited Duvall Homes. Offering their time, talent, and remarkable kindness, they worked to create an amazing outdoor art studio for participants in Duvall’s Day Training Program. This new space expands the current indoor ART for Everyone Studio and allows ADT participants greater freedom to explore natural subjects and lighting.

The Volunteers managed all aspects of the mural production – from design and materials purchase, to prep and painting. The colorful theme ties directly to the geometric pieces patterned by participants in their paintings and merchandise.

Duvall Homes Art

The ADT Rec Hall and Life Skills Classroom have a new look, with renovations that include fresh paint, new window treatments, appliances and furniture. Final touches are still to come!

Life Skills Classroom ADT Rec Hall

Big Dog Signs

Big Dog Signs & Graphics Provides Work Contract

March 1, 2020 – Duvall Homes was recently awarded a work contract from Big Dog Signs & Graphics, a Central Florida company that provides custom promotional products, signage and more. The new contract adds to the growing skills being mastered by ADT participants and helps create awareness in the community about how Duvall Homes can help manage workload challenges. 

The first 30,000-piece project went off without a hitch and twelve participants added a new level of training to their skill sets. 

Product cards were delivered by Big Dog to Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center, where participants off-loaded to begin assembly. Three buttons were attached to pre-printed cards and sorted into bundles. Some individuals worked the production line, while others served as quality control oversight.

Big Dog Signs

If your place of business needs help with an assembly project, give us a call to learn about how we can help! Contact Shirley Zonnevylle, Duvall Homes’ Opportunities Program Director, at 386-734-2874, extension 103.

Volunteering

Pursuing Opportunities For ADT

February 15, 2020 – Seated in the newly renovated lobby of the Opportunities Enrichment Center, Shirley Zonnevylle, Director of Duvall Homes’ Adult Day Training Program, researches new activity opportunities for our participants.

Volunteer service, multiple work contracts, and a variety of social and leisure activities keep ADT participants busy year-round, thanks to Zonnevylle’s diligence.

Shirley Zonnevylle

Our latest volunteer project connects participants with The Salvation Army, in a coordinated effort to serve the senior citizens of our community. Several participants travel to the DeLand location every Wednesday, to help ready the dining room for more than sixty seniors who arrive for lunch each week. Setting the tables in preparation for the luncheons keeps us engaged with our neighbors and helps promote good will.

Did you know?

Did you know that ADT Participants also volunteer at Publix, Habitat for Humanity, Council on Aging, Rise Against Hunger…and more? If your company or organization is working on a special project, let us know! We may be able to help you, too!

Celebrating 75 Years 1945-2020

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.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays From Duvall Staff

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.

Winn-Dixie

Community Bag and Giving Tag Program

December 16, 2019 – If you shop at Winn-Dixie, you can join others who support Duvall Homes in just a few easy steps.

Winn-Dixie BagSoutheastern 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!

Winn-Dixie

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!

FDOT

Duvall Drives into 2020 – its 75th Year – With Big Gifts

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!”

 

Volunteering

Volunteering In Our Community

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.

 

 

Duvall Newsletters

Duvall Homes’ 2019 Fall Newsletter

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.

Join Duvall’s eNews mailing list at https://bit.ly/2Jq7DgA.  You can also view digital versions of current and past newsletters at DuvallHomes.org/Newsletters.

Duvall Homes Art For Everyone Coloring Book

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.

Coloring Book

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 ebhimjee@duvallhomes.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 For Everyone
Art Instructor D. Renee Wilson leads Duvall artists in the creation of “Sounds of the 60’s”.

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.

Duvall Gala

Thank You 2019 Gala Sponsors & Auction Donors

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.)

GALA SPONSORS

2019 Inspiration Gala

SILENT AUCTION DONORS

2019 Gala Auction Donors

EVENT RECEPTION LOOP

Sponsor Video

“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

Direct Support Professional

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.