Today, an estimated 6.5 million people in the United States have an intellectual or developmental disability causing significant limitations in various areas needed to live, work and engage in the community, including communication or self-care. Since 1945 Duvall Homes remains steadfast to its founding core values and mission for the benefit of individuals with developmental disabilities who require extensive services and care.
Licensed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Duvall Homes is a non-profit 501c3 organization that provides quality residential care in 16 group homes and day training programs for adults with a broad range of developmental disabilities, such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and others. Duvall Homes seeks to provide the highest quality of life and greatest level of independence for each resident by creating an individualized plan that includes opportunities for personal growth. Providing social and vocational experiences in the community are key components in an effective program that leads to a life of dignity and independence for each resident. The empowerment to achieve the greatest level of independence is an essential focus in every program and service at Duvall Homes.
With more than 130 trained and certified professionals with an average of 10+ years experience each, since 1945 Duvall Homes has been a landmark organization in the DeLand community of West Volusia County for decades. It’s nestled in the suburban countryside of Glenwood’s Bird Sanctuary among the roving oaks and palm trees and within minutes to a number of lakes, springs and waterways. Residential assistance is provided 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week to 104 residents from age 22 to 85. While more than half of our residents come from Florida, others come from all over the United States (24 different states including New York, New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, California…) We are most proud of the fact that we have served hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities through the years with exceptional longevity of both our residents and staff.
Residents live in one of 16 state-licensed group homes in West Volusia with transportation provided on weekdays to and from the Opportunity Enrichment Center for Adult Day Training (ADT) at the main campus on Grand Avenue in Glenwood. Open Monday to Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., residents and visiting nonresidents participate in an intensive day program that focuses on the basic life skills of daily living, including food preparation and doing laundry in an apartment setting, to a variety of curricular activities in a classroom setting. Residents and participants dine with friends, attend chapel, enjoy music therapy, arts and crafts, experiencing and empowered to achieve success in all areas of wellness. The key component for achieving the greatest level of independence and highest quality of life is the individualized plan developed for each resident. Through a combination of learning new skills, social interaction, job-training and participating in many volunteer opportunities and activities throughout the community, residents of Duvall Homes thrive in a family environment both in the group homes and at day training where the number one priority is to empower them to become as independent in their lives as possible.
We understand that each individual we serve is special and faces unique challenges, that is why the staff at Duvall Homes is driven by a positive vision set for each person, mapped out with specific goals and a step-by-step plan following detailed analysis conducted by trained professionals experienced in developmental therapy. From this initial assessment, a series of goals are established with an individualized plan to achieve success at every level of every ability.
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