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.
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.)
SILENT AUCTION DONORS
EVENT RECEPTION LOOP
“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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.