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One Resident’s Road to Recovery, Independence

November 1, 2014

DELAND — Kristin Burrhus is 49 but only a few years removed from living with her parents.

Her journey, though, has been nothing short of miraculous.

“I’m independent. I do things on my own. I do my own chores,” she said during a recent interview at her new home, Duvall Home’s Gatlin Cottage north of DeLand.

Born with Down syndrome in an era when doctors frequently recommended institutionalization, she grew up with her family in Massachusetts, and functioned well enough to work at several places, including Walgreen’s and Burger King. Her family moved to Florida, and she took painting classes at the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, producing work with enough depth to gain attention and even a few sales.

But then she fell ill several years ago, suffering two strokes, many seizures and was near enough to death that hospice was caring for her.

Steven DeVane was working as a hospice chaplain when he met Burrhus and said he sensed her “vibrant spirit.”

Burrhus’ family looked at options for her care and decided to have her moved to the Duvall Home cottage.

She remained in a wheelchair.

“It took a long time, several years, to get well. After that, I couldn’t walk at all. I didn’t have the strength in me,” she said.

But little by little, she made progress, and her two therapists taught her how to walk again. She graduated to a walker and now uses only a cane to help her get around.

She was even, for a time, well enough to return to work at one of Duvall Home’s thrift stores.

She found her move a big change.

“At first, I was kind of shy. I had never felt that way before,” she said. “But I got over it.”

She handles chores, include making breakfast, assisting the cottage’s “house mothers” with meals and keeping her room clean. Valerie Dawson, a Duvall staff member, says Burrhus helps with some of the administrative tasks.

“I would look at her as a leader,” Dawson said. “She’s a helper, a go-getter.”

She attends Duvall’s day-training program most days. That’s where DeVane, who had recently been installed as Duvall’s CEO, met Burrhus once again.

“Our eyes met and we said in unison: ‘Do you remember me?’” DeVane said in a video Duvall Home made about her. “Miracles happen and in this case, Duvall Home is part of the miracle.”

Read “One resident’s road to recovery, independence” featured by the Daytona Beach News Journal!

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Duvall Receives “Community Agency Spotlight” by FARF

September 1, 2014 Duvall Home receives “Community Agency Spotlight” by the Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. (Issues Forum Breaking News: Vol. 12, Iss. 9)Duvall Home recently began working on a transformation of their program to make their residential program a more community-based model.  They have begun their move to gradually transition about sixty residents, currently living on the Glenwood campus, into eight community group homes in and around DeLand. The homes will continue to be operated by Duvall, alongside the ten group homes already established in the community.  The living accommodations provide a home environment modeled after a typical family-style residence.  “This is a time to look to the future”, said CEO Steve DeVane “and to ready Duvall Home to meet the ever-changing requirements, not only of our special-needs population, but also of the state and government agencies that govern us.  As time moves on, our greatest legacy will be to insure Duvall’s strength long into the future – at the very least, another 70 years.”

Duvall Home has been empowering individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities since 1945.  Their mission to provide the highest quality of life and greatest level of independence for each resident is achieved through individualized care plans that include educational opportunities and life skills training.  Duvall Home provides 24-hour around-the-clock nursing oversight, as well as daily transportation to the Adult Day Training Center and a wide variety of community outings.

 

2013-14 Annual Report

2013 – 2014 News and Annual Report

Read the latest news happening at Duvall Home and in the greater community that supports us. Inside this “Milestone Year” issue, you’ll also find stories on:
– Operational improvements, achievements and success
– Expanding support for Duvall Home
– Resident Spotlights: The Real Super Stars
and more!

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Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities Visits

July 27, 2014 Last Monday, The Duvall Home was honored to host Barbara Palmer, Florida’s director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.  Also with Ms. Palmer were Ed Debardeleben APD Chief of Quality Assurance and Clinical Supports and Denise Arnold APD Deputy Director of Programs as well as Leslie Richards APD Northeast Region Manager.  The group reached out to us last week to ask if they could come for a visit after hearing about our transition.  The senior staff was able to spend over two hours with this esteemed group showing them foundations of our history and the plans for the future.

 

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DaVita Labs Digs for Duvall Home

June 30, 2014 Last week, nearly 80 volunteers from both DeLand and Ft. Lauderdale offices of DaVita Labs, stepped up to volunteer at five group homes operated by Duvall Home, in Glenwood.

DaVita, the diagnostic laboratory servicing both dialysis organizations and physician practices, worked in close collaboration with Duvall Home staff to organize the day’s event. Volunteers helped by clearing brush, planting flower beds and shrubs and adding mulch as the final touch in a major landscape beautification project that included 900 plants and extended over several acres.

“DaVita Labs is deeply committed to engaging in and having a lasting impact on the DeLand community, because this is not just where we work, it’s also where we live,” said Jason Cline at DaVita Labs. “We deeply respect and admire the work of Duvall Home and are proud to be able to lend a helping hand in support of their efforts.”

Licensed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Duvall Home is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides quality residential care and day training programs for adults with developmental disabilities, such as down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy. Serving more than 130 individuals, Duvall Home has been a landmark fixture in the DeLand community for decades and will celebrate its 70th Anniversary in 2015.

“We rely on the support of community neighbors to help raise our visibility and champion our mission,” said chief executive officer, Steven DeVane, adding “our friends at DaVita Labs have helped us achieve what we could not have accomplished on our own and we are forever grateful for their leadership, service and tremendous generosity.”

Not only did DaVita offer a day of service, they also donated $3,000 toward the cost of the materials needed to enhance the group home properties.

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Community Care Celebration

A Celebration of Care & Community

May 1, 2014 Duvall Home recently drew an audience of nearly 100 guests together to convey a two-fold message. Gratitude and appreciation was at the forefront, as donors from various groups enjoyed a day set aside especially for them. Parents and guardians of Duvall Home residents, church ambassadors from several counties, business leadership and local sponsors were among those being honored at an event that took place on the organization’s fifteen-acre Glenwood campus.

Duvall Home residents presented chief executive officer, Tim Cook, who accepted on behalf Florida Hospital DeLand, with an award for Outstanding Community Partner. ABC Supply Company, Inc. was honored as Outstanding Corporate Partner and Kay Laws, a member of First Presbyterian Church DeLand, received the award for Outstanding Volunteer.

Kate Pearce, chair of Duvall Home’s Board of Regents said, “Duvall Home has a rich history of serving individuals with developmental disabilities and we are proud to celebrate the dedication and generosity of those who support our mission and make our work possible”.

Duvall Home has been a landmark fixture in the DeLand community for decades, and will celebrate its 70th Anniversary in 2015. “Nestled in our sleepy, little Glenwood neighborhood, we have done a great job of operating under the radar for years”, said chief executive officer, Steven DeVane, adding “that’s about to change”.

The secondary message of the day – Duvall’s transformation – centered on a new chapter in the organization’s history. Duvall Home will soon begin its move to gradually transition about sixty residents, currently living on the Glenwood campus, into eight community group homes in and around DeLand. These will continue to be operated by Duvall, alongside the ten group homes already established in the community. The living accommodations provide a home environment modeled after a typical family-style residence.

“This is a time to look to the future”, said DeVane “and to ready Duvall Home to meet the ever-changing requirements, not only of our special-needs population, but also of the state and government agencies that govern us. As time moves on, our greatest legacy will be to insure Duvall’s strength long into the future – at the very least, another 70 years”.

About Duvall Home:

The Duvall Home is a 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to enhancing the lives of developmentally disabled residents in its care. Located at 3395 Grand Avenue, Glenwood, FL 32722, more information can be found at https://www.DuvallHomes.org.

Contact: Elizabeth Bhimjee, Director of Development, 386-734-2874 Ext. 102, ebhimjee@duvallhome.org

Steven DeVane

Meet Duvall’s New CEO

December 23, 2012 Steven C. DeVane has been named Chief Executive Officer of Duvall Home. He will begin his duties January 7, 2013. DeVane has served as a member of the Duvall Home Board of Regents for two years and has been the operations manager for Hospice of Volusia/Flagler since 2006. He was previously a hospice chaplain, an instructor at Daytona State College, a counselor with Halifax Medical Center and a church pastor. He is a 1981 graduate of Stetson University and received his master of divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  Daytona Beach News Journal, Dec. 23, 2012

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