December 24, 2019 – Happy Holidays from the staff at Duvall Homes! After decorating the hallways, doors and classrooms at ADT and preparing the group homes for the joy of the holidays, staff enjoyed a festive gathering at the Glenwood campus.
The end-of-year Employee Appreciation Lunch Celebration was filled with fun raffles, a delicious buffet and holiday bonuses made possible by the generosity of the families and friends of Duvall Homes. Congratulations to Davonna R., who won the annual “Tower of Candy” guess! View additional images.
April 30, 2019 – Arriving soon in your mailboxes is Duvall Homes’ 2019 Spring Newsletter. “There is always so much to share in our newsletters, and this issue is no exception,” said Duvall’s CEO Steven DeVane. “We honor our dedicated staff and volunteer groups who together form the backbone of our mission, and we are grateful for their compassion and tireless work.
In his newsletter message, DeVane references the many undertakings staff and contractors have completed and continue with regarding remodeling of our Opportunities Enrichment Center (Adult Day Training) and group homes.
DeVane continues to work at the state level with leadership in Tallahassee on workforce development issues related to Duvall’s Direct Care staff. Through his work with the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, in partnership with the Florida Department of Education, “We are proud to be part of Florida’s first competency-based apprenticeship program for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). This pilot program is in its early stages, but we are hopeful it will elevate the important work DSPs perform and lead to greater validation, special certification and, ultimately, higher wages,” added DeVane.
Also inside the newsletter are details surrounding Duvall’s Fifth Annual Inspiration Gala. Be sure to SAVE-THE-DATE September 27, 2019 for our most important fundraiser of the year. Several announcements will be sent out during the next few months. In the meantime, enjoy an overview of what to expect at this year’s Gala, including an opportunity to reserve your tickets early this year before it sells out, inside the digital newsletter at DuvallHomes.org/Newsletters. In the coming weeks, updates will be made to our Inspiration Gala page.
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!
November 2, 2019 – “Dear Duvall Homes’ Team Member, without your commitment to helping others, the people in our care would be at risk. Instead, you bring joy and comfort to them each and every day, and the impact of your generosity and kindness has made a true difference in their lives. The greatest gift you give this holiday season is your selfless compassion.” – Steven DeVane, CEO
Guess The Number Of Candies & Win Donated by Marsha Shankleton, Chief Operating Officer. Guess the number of candies in the containers without going over, and win the candies, containers and some other valuable surprises inside. The total value is $100! A photo and dimensions are at DuvallHomes.org/Holiday-Fun. Submit your guess with your name and department by December 1 via email to Lisa Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 386.734.2874 x119. The winner will be announced before Dec. 25. (Tower of Candy Dimensions: 17″ tall, Approx Container Sizes 1 – 2.5″ x 2.5″; 2 – 3.25″ x 3.25″; 3 – 4″ x 4″; 4 – 4.5″ x 4.5″; 5 – 5.5″ x 5.5″; 6 – 6.5″ x 6.5″; 7 – 7.25″ x 7.25″)
You Are Part Of The Duvall Difference Tell us your T-shirt size (MED, LG XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) by December 1 and receive one new royal blue “I am part of the #TheDuvallDifference” T-shirt for free!!! Tell us your name, dept. and T-shirt size by emailing Lisa Herring at email@example.com or by calling her at 386.734.2874 x119. Additional T-shirts can be ordered for only $5 each! The first free T-shirt will come with a raffle ticket for a chance to win another small personal gift to be drawn before December 25. Winners will be announced at DuvallHomes.org/Holiday-Fun.
Holiday Bonus – A Gift From Duvall Homes’ Management, Families and Friends We appreciate you! Let us know how you spend your card. Share your words and photos with us on social media and be sure to include the hashtag #TheDuvallDifference and/or contact Lisa Habermehl at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 386.734.2874 x 116. Also, if you plan to use your holiday bonus on Amazon, please shop on Smile.Amazon and select “Duvall Homes” as your nonprofit. It won’t cost you a penny more, and Duvall will receive a small donation from Amazon for each purchase you make!