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New Duvall Home Site Gets Foundation

January 11, 2019 – Duvall Homes celebrates the new year by sharing a sneak peek at the home site of our new group home going up in DeLand! It will have six spacious bedrooms and four Jack and Jill bathrooms, a front and back porch, a full sprinkler system and other outstanding features.

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Staff are all so excited. Many more details, including photos and video, will be shared in the coming weeks and months. Duvall Homes is in good hands with Camelot Custom Construction, Inc., the Parade of Homes Award Winner Builder, who renovated one of Duvall’s 16 group homes last year.

Follow Duall Homes on Facebook to view the latest construction photos.

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Employee Appreciation

December 24, 2018 – Happy Holidays to the hardworking staff of Duvall Homes, most of whom will continue to work through the holiday season caring for our Duvall Community Family, 24/7.

Holiday Fun
CEO, Steven DeVane, draws several employee names from all departments with CFO, Karen Kummerer, for random gifts.

The dedicated team had some fun this past week. Names were drawn for prizes, guesses submitted for the Tower of Candy, T-shirts that read “You Are Part Of #TheDuvallDifference” were given out and other surprises.

A sincere thank you to the parents and families who supported the 2018 holiday bonus, to the caring Board of Regents who provides support and professional advocacy throughout the year, and to Duvall Homes’ Leadership Team, led by Duvall Homes CEO, Steven DeVane. Read more on Employee Appreciation.

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Happy Holidays And Merry Christmas

December 23, 2018 – Happy Holidays from Duvall Homes!  Earlier in the month, after decorating the halls of our Opportunities Enrichment Center, residents attended the Pierson Lions Club annual Christmas party.

Merry Christmas 2019

Everyone was entertained with live holiday music, a BBQ dinner and dessert prior to Santa’s arrival with gifts.  Duvall Homes is grateful for the generosity shown by the Lions Club.

Only a few images were captured as we are in the middle of securing new photo releases for the protection of our residents. Thank you for your understanding.  Just note, the residents had a fantastic experience.

Be sure to follow Duvall news and social media posts (bottom of page) for inspiring news and events, and for additional images as releases are received.

Merry Christmas

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Duvall Inside Daytona’s MY COAST Holiday Issue

December 11, 2018 – Duvall is in Daytona’s MY COAST. Highlights from Duvall’s 2018 Inspiration Gala are inside December’s MY COAST Magazine. The lifestyle publication is produced by The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Special events that took place this past quarter across Coastal and West Volusia areas, including Flagler, are spotlighted in the SEEN section.

Duvall’s Inspiration Gala took place on September 28, 2018. This was the fourth year Duvall hosted its signature fundraiser at the Sanborn Center in DeLand.

View fun images in the magazine here. (Duvall Homes is on page 50.) You can pick up a copy of MY COAST at a number of locations across the county. Locations are listed here.

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For additional Gala images, visit Duvall’s Inspiration Gala page.

Be sure to read our full Gala story inside Duvall’s 2018 Fall Newsletter.

 

Employee Holiday Fun

Holiday Fun Employee Appreciation

December 7, 2018 –  Congratulations to employee Matt Neumeyer! Matt, a relatively new Support Specialist, guessed the closest number of candies inside the Tower of Candy without going over. The seven stacked containers had 547 pieces of candy. Lotto tickets, tea towels and money were inside the 17-inch tall tower. In total, Matt won a prize valued at more than $100, which was part of some employee appreciation holiday fun.

“I’m shocked,” said Neumeyer. “I really appreciate it!”

Accounts Receivable Specialist, Bobbie Daley, won a surprise 2nd Place gift because she guessed the next closest amount without going over. Bobbie celebrated 10 years at Duvall this past June!

Duvall’s Chief Operating Officer, Marsha Shankleton, presented the prizes. The holiday fun is part of a larger We Appreciate You employee celebration that began the week prior to Thanksgiving. Management gave each employee a Publix gift card with a thank you letter from Duvall’s CEO, Steven DeVane.

More holiday fun employee appreciation is to come!

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Evolve Magazine

Tourism In Volusia County

November 29, 2018 – Enjoy Volusia County when you visit Duvall. Flip through this month’s issue of Evolve, the business publication of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce to learn more. Duvall Homes is a Daytona Chamber member, and recognizes that what attracts families and guardians to Duvall is not just our residential supportive services and programs, but also the national appeal of the County of Volusia.

Tourism Visit Florida

Oceanfront beaches, great eateries and ecotourism – from the east side of the county to the west  – are just a few options to fill calendars of visiting families and friends all year round. Visit our great beaches; tour various springs and waterways; bike, jog or walk miles of natural and paved trails; select from any type of cuisine you can think of; visit historical landmarks, museums and more.

The best thing of all is that residents of Duvall Homes are fortunate to be able to visit the same attractions that 10 million people come to visit each and every year. (Florida Trend July, 2018.) After flipping through Evolve Magazine here, click on some of the great videos below, courtesy of West Volusia Visiting Center, to help fill your calendar when you plan your visit.

Old Florida, New Vibe

Wildlife in West Volusia

Explore Miles of Smiles in West Volusia

What’s Up in West Volusia

West Volusia Visitors Guide

Enjoy Volusia County when you visit Duvall. #TheDuvallDifference

 

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Thank You Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church

November 20, 2018 – Thank you to the youth ministry of Pass A Grille Beach Community Church PagChurch.org for reaching out to Duvall Homes. They chose us as their selected nonprofit to volunteer their outreach services.

Duvall Homes PagChurch.orgEarlier this month, on Saturday, November 10, more than 30 students and leaders travelled from St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, to DeLand as part of their Mystery Service weekend. They did not know where they were traveling or for who they were volunteering – a rather fun way to engage youth in leadership service rolls.

After arriving and learning a brief history of the Duvall mission, the students went to work painting fences and parking poles, collecting landscape debris and organizing McGaffin Hall at our Glenwood Campus.

These inspiring youth are committed to improving the lives of others. They use their hands and hearts to help nonprofit organizations not just in Florida, but across the US and world! We wish them great blessings as they head to Puerto Rico this coming spring!

Thank you to Jeanne Haemmelmann, Associate Minister for Youth & Young Adults of Pass-A-Grille Church for organizing their morning of service. ImInspired.org. View additional images of the students at Duvall on Facebook here.

Veterans Appreciation Month

Veterans’ Appreciation Month

November 1, 2018 – Duvall Homes Bargain Store, located at 1200 Deltona Boulevard in the Deltona Plaza, is celebrating Veterans’ Appreciation Month [mes de apreciación de los veteranos] starting Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, until Tuesday, December 11.

Veterans and Active Duty Military will be able to enjoy 20% off the already unbelievably low-priced, discounted items and receive a $5 Bargain Store Gift Certificate to use any time. A valid VA ID or Military ID card is required. Share/Print Store Flyer.

New Bargain Store Hours 
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 11 (Closed Other Sundays)

Great Thrift Store Bargains

Shop for many household items, furniture, clothing, shoes, accessories, books, toys, art… and more!  You will be surprised how many great deals are waiting for you. And the best thing of all, proceeds from your purchase will help support Duvall Homes and our stedfast mission of providing residential supportive care and services for people with developmental disabilities in our community since 1945.

If you have items you’d like to donate to the Bargain Store, call 386.734.2874.
SHOP. DONATE. VOLUNTEER.
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Thank You Inspiration Gala Sponsors & Silent Auction Donors

September 28, 2018 – We send a heartfelt thank you to the following businesses and individuals who help build opportunities that impact our community and those who depend on us.

Thank You Inspiration Gala Sponsors

Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, Inc., Reception Sponsors Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, to BeatleBeat Entertainment Sponsor Florida Public Utilities, and to our many Supporting Sponsors: Badcock Home Furniture & More, Bouchard InsuranceDavita Laboratory ServicesDaytonaHeart.com, Esquire Title ServicesFifth Third BankFlorida Health Care PlansGlenwoodPC.orgKaiser Buick GMC, Lillian Walsh Trust, Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Marshall Law Office, MBI Direct Mail, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management DeLand Olivari & Associates CPAPark Shore Drug, Inc.  and others. 

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Thank You Silent Auction Donors

Aaron Pest ControlAmy-J’s Faces & FeetAquatica OrlandoDaytona Arcade Museum, Art Studio308Badcock Home Furniture & MoreBeach Mobility Rentals, LLC BeatleBeatBlue Heron River Tours, Bouchard InsuranceBubba Gump Shrimp Co., Busch Gardens Tampa BayCaribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center, CPR Cell Phone Repair DeLandCentral Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Cold Stone Creamery Daytona Beach Symphony SocietyDeland Gardens & Gatherings Inc.Daytona International Speedway DeLand High School’s Bull Dog CarpentryDr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Duvall Homes’ ADT Participants, Duvall Board of Regents and Employees Elite Island ResortsFifth Third BankFirst Presbyterian Church of Deland, Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, ILLUME Laser SpaLorena (LA) Johnson – HairstylistLowe’s Home ImprovementMarine Discovery CenterOrlando City Soccer ClubOrlando ShakesOrlando Solar BearsPainting with a Twist, Private Artists and Private Donors Puff ‘n Stuff CateringSt. John Club Day SpaSchley’s Bonsai and SuppliesSeaWorld Orlando Sharon Demuth-Womble, Sheri’s Pampered Pet Grooming Southwest AirlinesThe Florida AquariumThe Shores Resort & Spa, Cresswind at Victoria Gardens, Women’s Club and Victoria Hills Golf Club.

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Additional Duvall News & Events

 

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Inspiring DeLand HS Students Support Duvall Homes

September 24, 2018 – We just picked up two beautifully handcrafted Adirondack Chairs with matching foot rests from DeLand High School‘s Bulldog Carpentry. Duvall staff are grateful because these chairs will be part of our 2018 Inspiration Gala Silent Auction this Friday, September 28. We have paired them with a gift card from Lowe’s Home Improvement should one wish to have them painted.

DeLand High SchoolBecause of our community support, Duvall Homes is able to continue providing the best programs and services that empower people with special needs in our care. A very special thank you to DHS teachers Mr. Rick Hervey and Mr. Scott Hamilton, and to three helpful students. We didn’t have photo releases secured to include them with these awesome chairs; however, they did make an impact: Marc is a DHS senior who has his sights on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach Campus; Michael is a freshman looking to join the U.S. Marine Corps; and Zavion is a sophomore who hopes to go to college in Chicago as he wants to play a role in helping reduce crime in the city where he lost some family members. Wow! All this learned from loading chairs they made for Duvall Homes.

We wish the boys and the rest of their Bulldog Carpenters the very best in their post-graduate endeavors! Read more about DHS Bulldog Carpentry’s service (below) for Duvall Homes in “A Community of Kindness” on page 3 in Duvall’s 2018 Spring Newsletter.

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FLCHS Students Help Our Banners Sparkle For Gala

September 21, 2018 – Thank you Father Lopez Catholic High School students for your community service. For the second year in a row, FLCHS students helped clean our 16 seven-foot Duvall banners.

The two-sided pole banners collected dirt and debris while on display in downtown DeLand last August. Close to 20,000 vehicles (FDOTand pedestrians passed the banners each day along Woodland Blvd. and were able to view images of empowerment of those we serve. 

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Next week, the banners will be repurposed at Duvall’s 2018 Inspiration Gala so that family and friends can enjoy the sparkling smiles again.

Thank you to banner sponsors Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, Inc., Florida Hospital and Florida Public Utilities.

Past service from Father Lopez Catholic High School

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DSP Retires After 25 Loyal Years at Duvall Homes

September 19, 2018 – “A rock star – that’s how I feel. What job can you go to every day and feel like you’re a rock star on stage?”  Those are the words Larry Hopper from DeLand said at his retirement party last Friday after working 25 years for Duvall Homes.

Steven DeVane and Larry Hopper
Duvall Homes’ CEO, Steven DeVane, congratulates DSP Larry Hopper for his 25 years of service.

Originally from New York, Hopper first came to work for Duvall as a Resident Assistant in 1990. The personal caregiver position is now referred to as Direct Support Professional (DSP). DSPs provide non-medical care and services to people with special needs in their home and in the community. After working at Duvall for a respectable 11 years, Hopper left in 2001 to run a small engraving and decal business. Three years later, facing the typical stresses that come with owning a business, he decided to return to the job that gave him the most satisfaction. Hopper worked 14 more years for Duvall.

“The moment you walk in the door, residents cheer your name out loud. You feel like a rock star!” said Hopper with his large, infectious smile. “And they notice every single detail about you. ‘I like your shirt Larry. Did you get a haircut?’ Where else do you get that kind of daily welcome?”

CakeLarry is going to be missed by many – by the Duvall residents for sure, but also by fellow DSPs and Group Home Managers. He’s part of a shrinking workforce, and an aging generation that didn’t think twice about taking on a challenging job to benefit someone else in the community.

“The DSPs at Duvall are our front line. We depend on them to provide the very best care for our residents, as well as keep our group homes clean, organized and safe,” said Sherrie Moore, Group Home Manager. Moore is one of seven supervisors who help manage Duvall’s 15 group homes and 62 DSPs. Maintaining residential care plans for close to 100 residents makes the DSP position an integral role in Duvall’s Support Team. DSPs ensure the health and welfare of the residents are priority one. “They help to keep the whole team on the same page with respect to the record keeping and progress of each individual,” added Moore.

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Larry with fellow DSPs (Joel, Ed and Cynthia) who, collectively, have worked 78 years for Duvall Homes!

“Larry is only one of several DSPs who have worked at Duvall for more than 20 years,” said CEO Steven DeVane.  “DSP Phyllis Griffith, who retired not too long ago, dedicated more than 30 years of her life to Duvall. It can be a challenge to find younger folks to make that same commitment the way past generations did. This has become a crisis not just for Duvall Homes, but for providers like us across the state of Florida, and the nation.”

DeVane has worked continuously with state legislators for the past two years to temporarily modify hiring mandates because age, experience and other criteria practically stifled all hiring. Things are looking much brighter now because of his advocacy.

DeVane and his executive staff know full well that the probability of a new hire remaining with Duvall for 25 years, like Larry, is pretty low. What they can promise is that young hires, who make even a short-term commitment to work for Duvall, will receive valuable training and priceless experience that develops the life skills of critical thinking, effective communication and self-awareness,

Group Home Manager Danisa with Larry
La Gerente de Hogar de Grupo Danisa Taska felicita a Larry Hopper DSP, acaba de jubilarse después de dedicar 25 aňos de su vida a cuidar a personas con necesidades especiales. [Danisa Taska, congratulates Larry Hopper.]
“New hires at Duvall Homes develop skills that may not be developed in other jobs,” said Christina Negri, Duvall Homes’ Director of Human Resources. “Being a DSP for a minimum of one-to-two years can be a fantastic stepping stone; it can lead to work in other healthcare or customer-service related fields.”

The qualifications for, and benefits of, being a Direct Support Professional are being messaged on various hiring platforms to reach high school grads, age 21 and over, who are looking for work or looking to change their career. But, digital and print ads, social media posts and career fairs are not enough. Duvall Homes depends on parents, grandparents, teachers, guidance counsellors and other community mentors to instill the life-long value in making a short-term commitment to care for people with developmental disabilities. This way we can all be a part of retaining a crucial workforce for a population that depends on it.

Duvall Homes continues to accept applications for Direct Support Professionals and other support specialist positions for their Opportunities Enrichment Day Training Center. For more information, visit DuvallHomes.org/Careers or contact Christina Negri at cnegri@duvallhomes.org or 386.734.2874 x127.

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“I’m proud of the work I do. If I could share with others one thing, it would be not to underestimate what those in our care are capable of doing… much more than you think.” – DSP Sanjuana (left), with Lyle, a Duvall Employee for 12 years.

Duvall Receptionist Retires After 33 Years
Phyllis Griffith Retires
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Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week

September 10, 2018 – A Huge Thank You: This week is Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. Fellow staff, residents and families value the vital contributions DSPs make to the Duvall Support Team and to our community.

“Our DSPs are simply awesome,” said Duvall Group Home Manager Christine E. “We depend on them to keep our group homes organized and running smoothly so that our residents are comfortable and safe every single day.”

Direct Support ProfessionalDSPs and other specialists are instrumental Duvall Support Team members in empowering those in our care. They each are trained experts who deliver programming and services focused on developing personal life skills that strengthen independence and self-pride for those with special needs.

We are most fortunate to have such caring, selfless employees, like Sanjuana pictured here, who has cared for individuals like Lyle for close to 12 years.

“I’m proud of the work I do,” said Sanjuana. “If I could share with others one thing, it would be not to underestimate what those in our care are capable of doing… Much more than you think.” Thank you Sanjuana! And to our all of our DSPs.

Learn more about DSPs and the services we provide for people with special needs at DuvallHomes.org/Programs-Services.
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Hurricane Preparedness

September 7, 2018 – As we enter the peak of hurricane season, we are once again reminded of the generosity and care of our families and community.  Together, they helped to provide the much-needed support to obtain and install automatic generators at our group homes this past year.

“Thanks to our parents, families and community, we now have peace of mind that we can maintain power for refrigeration, laundry and lighting. Maintaining our group homes at a comfortable temperature can help us avoid serious problems,” said Marsha Shankleton, Duvall’s Chief Operating Officer.

We also send an extended thank you to the dedicated staff at Duvall Homes. Our professionally trained team of caregivers ensures that each of Duvall’s Group Homes maintains a heightened level of disaster preparedness throughout the year due to the fragility of those in our care. #TheDuvallDifference

Read more in past news: DuvallHomes.org/A-Special-Holiday-Thank-You and DuvallHomes.org/Newsletters. Other Duvall News: DuvallHomes.org/News-Events.

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