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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!”


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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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DaVita Labs SM provides quality, on-time, accurate results to help effectively identify and manage kidney patients across the nation. As a cutting-edge chronic kidney disease (CKD) specialty laboratory, DaVita Labs SM features the latest in end stage renal disease-specific methodology and technology for delivering quality dialysis test results. DaVita Labs SM is fully accredited by the federal and state governmental agencies and the College of American Pathologists. For more information, please visit DaVita Labs or call 877.200.3181.