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Deck the Halls at Duvall

December 7, 2017 – Thank you TWO C’S TREES for donating this beautiful tree to Duvall Homes. Joe and Mary, along with all staff and residents, were happy to see the blue-green Fraser Fir decorated and to smell its distinct balsam fragrance which came all the way from North Carolina!

Deck the HallsOther areas at the Glenwood campus are secretly being decorated by little elves in preparation for next week’s Winter Wonderland Celebration.

TWO C’S TREES is located at 1779 N Spring Garden Ave in DeLand and can be reached at (386)547-1426.



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Giving Tuesday DeLand

Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2017 – Read how your generosity funds our greatest needs inside Duvall’s 2017 Fall Newsletter on page 11 at

FundingIf you’re looking to make a year-end tax-deductible donation, visit AND please tell us what inspires you to give at If you’ve already supported us this past year, WE SINCERELY THANK YOU and also wish to hear from you at

Duvall Homes participates in international #UnSelfie campaign as part of #GivingTuesday. Click on photo.


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Bargain Shopping Helps Duvall Homes

November 27, 2017 – Did you know that when you shop at the Bargain Store of Duvall Homes in Deltona at 1200 Deltona Boulevard, and when you donate furniture, clothing and other household items, you are supporting the mission of Duvall Homes? Watch this short video to see what our 7000 sq.ft. Bargain Store has waiting for you.  Arrangements for pickup can be made for most donations by calling 386.734.2874.

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A Special Holiday Thank You

November 22, 2017 – Duvall Homes would like to recognize its friends, families and community partners and the importance of their interest, involvement and investment in empowering people in our community living with developmental disabilities.

“As the holiday season approaches, we are reminded of all of our blessings,” said Duvall Homes’ CEO Steven DeVane. “We’re thankful for our dedicated staff and community members who have helped us not only weather the effects of Hurricane Irma, but who have stood by us throughout the year.”

Thank You For Your CommitmentTheir support was evident at this year’s Inspiration Gala, which took place at the Sanborn Center in DeLand, September 29, 2017. Since the Gala’s inception, three years ago, the organization’s annual fundraiser continues to reach new milestones, this year, raising more than $85,000.

Of the more than 200 guests who attended, sponsors included Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, DaVita Labs, Florida Hospital, Florida Public Utilities, Park Shore Pharmacon, and numerous others who contributed to the event’s success.

“Supporting Duvall Homes is easy to do,” said honored guest John S. Olivari of Olivari & Associates. “The more I see the happy faces of people who call Duvall home, you just know they are doing it all right. I’m inspired.” Olivari was this year’s recipient of The Alanson and Thelma Duvall Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Highlights from the evening included an exhibit of STEM-inspired works of art created by residents of Duvall Homes, performances by Stetson University’s School of Music students, dinner by award-winning Puff ‘N Stuff, entertainment by Johnny Wild & The Delights, a high-energy 6-piece 50’s/60’s band sponsored by Kemp Realty Group and an exciting silent auction.

Your Generosity Funds Our Greatest Needs

Florida ranks 49 out of 50 states in funding services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and that shortfall has a ripple effect on family members, employers, the community and the state. Donations that come through fundraisers like the Gala are vital to sustaining Duvall’s mission. Following the significant effects from the recent hurricane season, this year’s appeal at the Gala was specific to raising funds to furnish all group homes with generators.

Gala guest, William Voges, challenged the crowd to raise $10K in the final minutes of the program in order to be matched with a $10K donation from the William J. Voges Foundation – the extraordinary crowd in attendance met this challenge!

Generator“Raising funds for group home generators has been a long process that began following Hurricane Matthew in 2016,” said Duvall’s Chief Operating Officer, Marsha Shankleton. “Thanks to the generosity of the parents, guardians and family members of our residents, and friends in the community, we are now in the process of securing necessary surveys and permits, installing propane tanks and moving forward to furnishing all of our group homes with generators.”

Each sponsor, donor and volunteer lived up to the name of the Inspiration Gala and the I’m In mantra. “You have impacted the lives of all of our residents for this coming year and years that follow, and we thank you,” added DeVane.

Approaching its 73rd year empowering people with developmental disabilities, Duvall Homes is proud of the community it serves and the overwhelming kindness and support that continues to strengthen its mission. Join the I’m In conversation at

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November 1, 2017 – Images from DUVALL HOMES’ 2017 INSPIRATION GALA are highlighted inside the November/December 2017 issue of MYHEALTH published by the Daytona News-Journal. Flip to pages 42 and 43 at Get your own copy by subscribing to NJ at A larger story will debut in Duvall’s Fall Newsletter coming out later this month!

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Duvall Homes would like to thank friends, families and sponsors for their support of this year’s Inspiration Gala, which took place at the Sanborn Center in DeLand, September 29, 2017. Since the Gala’s inception, three years ago, the organization’s newly established annual fundraiser continues to reach new milestones, this year, raising more than $85,000, with funds still coming in.

Of the more than 200 guests who attended, sponsors included Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, DaVita Labs, Florida Hospital (Memorial Medical Center, DeLand & Fish Memorial), Florida Public Utilities, Park Shore Pharmacon, Kemp Realty Group and many other businesses. A few highlights from the evening included exhibited works of art created by residents of Duvall Homes, performances by Stetson University’s School of Music, a special tribute to John S. Olivari of Olivari & Associates, a seated dinner by award-winning Puff ‘N Stuff, and entertainment by Johnny Wild & The Delights, a high-energy 6-piece ‘50s/’60s’ band. To learn more, visit

Graceway Church Fundraiser

October 24, 2017 – Thank you to Graceway Church, to Pastors Fritts and Birdsall, for hosting their fall fundraiser this past Saturday in support of Duvall Homes and the people we serve!

We Are GracewaySpearheaded by Sharon Demuth-Womble, Barbara Mittermaier, and a few other hardworking women, the evening began with guests circling three rooms filled with more than 100 silent auction items and baskets to raffle.

Graceway ChurchAttendees then enjoyed a delicious dinner by Debra Davis Catering and were thoroughly entertained by an auctioneer who wrapped the night with a live auction that kept the crowd in tears with his humor and speed selling of several additional donated items. Guests also purchased items with printed works of art crated by Duvall artists.

If you’re interested in supporting Duvall Homes and the empowerment of people with developmental disabilities in our community, visit Get Involved.

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A Total Eclipse Experience

August 22, 2017 – This past month, participants at Duvall Homes’ Adult Day Training (ADT) Center began reviewing and preparing for the “arrival” of the spectacular solar eclipse that would pass the U.S. August 21, 2017. While the skies over DeLand, Florida, were not sunny and clear that afternoon, it didn’t seem to have any impact on the cosmic excitement of the rare occurrence.

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Kristin in science class at ADT.

ADT supervisors and support specialists used Nasa’s Eclipse Activity Guide to form appropriate-level curriculum to both educate and inspire all individuals on the developmental disability spectrum. Adults with special needs, who are fortunate to take part in programming at Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center, learned a great deal in varying STEM subjects including science and technology. They reviewed current events, geography and astronomy, and received instruction and hands-on guidance to build and create several science and art-based masterpieces.

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Adult Day Training participants look at the sun indirectly through box projectors made in house.

Participants learned Eclipse Basics, viewing and hearing the differences between solar and lunar eclipses, the difference between ultraviolet and infrared lights, and learning the sun’s essential role in our world. After several “Q and A” sessions with the participants, they built box projectors to view the eclipse indirectly and safely, and solar ovens to measure light and temperatures and bake s’mores! They also used paint and chalk to create works of planet art – each activity building to a culmination in the viewing of the actual solar eclipse. Precautions were made for many individuals to view the solar eclipse outdoors through the purchase of Nasa-approved eclipse glasses; however, due to inclement weather, the eclipse was thoroughly enjoyed on television, with and without the glasses.

Taking part in the same activities and experiences that millions of people across the nation are taking part in is not new to us at Duvall. “We take pride in the fact that we stay current, keep involved with the community and create opportunities of personal growth, pride and independence on a daily basis,” said Marsha Shankleton, Chief Operating Officer of Duvall Homes.

The solar eclipse is the first of its kind, where the path of darkness crossed both East and West coasts exclusively in the U.S., since 1918 – Duvall Homes has been empowering people with developmental disabilities since 1945!

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Sustaining a Vital Workforce

August 16, 2017 – Duvall Homes’ latest YouTube video Sustaining a Vital Workforce: Raising the Profile of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provides the community with an overview on the importance of valuable professional caregivers who provide specialized direct care every day, all day, for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we support.

Florida DSPs provide physical care, teach life and job skills and advocate for those in our care so they can live self-determined lives in their own communities. Together, let’s help raise the DSP profile! Share this video with your friends.

Duvall Homes NewsletterRead a detailed article on sustaining the vital DSP Workforce in Florida in the Duvall Homes’ 2017 Spring Newsletter.

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A Boulevard of Inspiration

July 31, 2017 – When Ruby Helton learned that the image of her developmentally disabled son, Jason, would appear this August in one of 16 banners that would adorn Woodland Boulevard (US Hwy 17-92) north and south of New York Avenue downtown DeLand, she was ecstatic. “Oh my, I will be driving down Woodland Blvd. every single day,” said Ruby in her sweet Georgia-native accent. Ruby and her husband moved to DeLand from Georgia seven years ago specifically for Jason. “Duvall Homes was the best place we could find for our son that makes him feel like a real person.”

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Jason H.

Jason wears a helmet, because like so many individuals with a developmental disability, he also suffers from a seizure disorder. This however, does not curtail the goal setting and -achieving set by Jason and his personal Direct Support Professionals in his supportive housing nor reduce the educational, cultural and social opportunities organized by his team at Duvall’s Adult Day Training (ADT).

“We aim to provide daily experiences that produce opportunities of learning at various levels on the cognitive spectrum,” said Shirley Zonnevylle, Duvall’s ADT Director. Many experiences have a lasting positive impact on the participants’ lives and their families, while other experiences offer valued moments of curiosity and joy, which the images on the boulevard banners so clearly depict.

Banner images also include one resident, Meg, smiling after endorsing her check following fulfilled obligations for MBI. Other banners show residents holding art they have personally created (or discovered through #DeLandRocks) and young music students from Stetson University with residents who they performed for, or worked with, through their Instruments of Healing group.

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Shirley T.

“That’s me! I did that painting!” announced Shirley T., an ADT community participant, as she pointed at an image of herself holding a painted vase of colorful flowers.  When asked what she thought about being on a very large 7′ banner that will hang downtown DeLand, she smiled and said, “I’m happy… my painting is in that room over there.”

Duvall Homes will celebrate its third annual Inspiration Gala fundraiser, presented by Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, September 29, 2017, at the Sanborn Center, with the focus of honoring those inspirational experiences. The evening will also pay special tribute to businesses and individuals who support and sponsor the empowerment of those in Duvall’s care, including this year’s special honoree, John Olivari of Olivari & Associates, CPA.

Maureen Kemp, Kemp Realty Group Broker, and her husband Chris are the 2017 Gala entertainment sponsors, which will be Johnny Wild & the Delights. “I was first introduced to Duvall through the Keyettes Club at DeLand High School more than 30 years ago and am proud to support them today.” said Kemp

People are always amazed when they discover what the developmentally disabled are capable of doing, including community service and earning a paycheck, and these banners shine light on just a fraction of the inspiring stories of those who quietly live, and struggle, in the background, unknowing to the average person.

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While the government does provide funding toward housing and training for developmentally disabled, not surprisingly, there remains a persistent gap between actual costs and what Medicaid Waiver covers. “Coupled with federal mandates tied to licensing and certifications, there remains additional costs for insurance, group home operations and special need vehicles. So we are dependent on the generosity of the members of our community to help us minimize this gap,” said Elizabeth Bhimjee, Chief Marketing & Development Officer. “Our Inspiration Gala has become an essential event to help us with those financial challenges.”

The installation of these symbolic banners is yet another milestone in Duvall Homes’ enduring 72-year history that began in the single-family home of Thelma and Alanson Duvall and their Down syndrome son, which has now grown to 16 group homes. Learn more about Duvall Homes and its 2017 Inspiration Gala, an RSVP ticketed event, at Members of the public are encouraged to comment what inspires them about the banners and Duvall Homes.

Thank you to ERA Grizzard Real Estate for their use of an image taken of Downtown DeLand at night as a backdrop for our 2017 Inspiration Gala program cover.

Tell us what you think about these banners and DeLand’s Boulevard of Inspiration by visiting and filling out the fields, or by email Homes I'm Inspired


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Bright Expectations (BE)

July 24, 2017 – Bright Expectations (BE) is Florida’s site dedicated to helping Florida residents with unique abilities find the support, resources, and inspiration they and their families need to break barriers, defy lowered expectations, and achieve the brightest futures they can imagine.
Florida, and Duvall Homes, cares about its residents with unique abilities and strives to help each one succeed.
The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts, and through its new website,, you find stories, information and resources to help you as you start this journey.
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Inspiring Quilt of Independence

July 7, 2017 – A symbol of independence and empowerment: ADT Support Coordinator Beth Conrad, a Duvall Homes’ employee of more than 20 years, recently completed an inspiring quilt that began as a labor of love in 2015, on her own time. The quilt depicts various hand patterns of approximately 90 residents and participants of Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center. The sentimental work of art currently hangs in the Adult Day Training facility in Glenwood, Florida.

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Those Who Enable Excellence

June 26, 2017 – Always mindful of the needs of our residents, and with an eye on future growth, we continually seek contributions to help build on our steadfast commitment to providing outstanding service for those with developmental disabilities in our care. Various members of our community recognize this need, and periodically visit Duvall Homes in Glenwood, Florida, to provide helpful volunteering hands, to donate supplies for various programming needs and/or make a surprise delivery with a much-needed check that will pay for any number of things.

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Julie and John Signore.

“John and I had art supplies and frames to donate and were in search of a worthy recipient,” said Julie & John Signore. “We were inspired after discovering the Art For Everyone program and other services Duvall Homes offers for those with developmental disabilities. We look forward to seeing our donated items be put to good use.” (What inspires you about Duvall Homes?)

All of these generous contributions, including the many donations to our recent Furniture Fundraiser, have an immeasurable impact on the lives of the individuals we serve, and enable us to deliver excellence in residential care and adult day training. Thank you to each and every individual, business and group, including the Presbyterian Women Mission of North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake (pictured above), who have donated their time, treasures and talent toward maintaining our mission of empowering people with developmental disabilities since 1945.

As we aim to provide the highest quality of life and greatest level of independence for some of the most vulnerable in our community, there are numerous ways for people to get involved and to make a difference.

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Duvall Homes Inspiration Gala

Duvall’s 2017 Inspiration Gala

The Board of Regents of Duvall Homes and
Reames Employee Benefits Solutions
proudly presents the
Friday, September 29, 2017
Wayne G. Sanborn Center 815 S. Alabama Ave. DeLand
5:30 p.m. Reception, Silent Auction, Art Exhibit & Gift Shopping
7:00 p.m. Dinner Program, Entertainment & Special Tribute
Special Tribute
The Alanson & Thelma Duvall Memorial Award presented to
John S. Olivari of Olivari & Associates CPAs & Consultants

Supporting Sponsors
Florida Hospital DeLand, Memorial Medical Center and Fish Memorial, Florida Public UtilitiesDaVita Labs, Park Shore Pharmacon, Robert Hanky, Kemp Realty Group and Maureen & Chris Kemp, Fifth Third BankBouchard Insurance, Meredith Birchfield, Lillian Walsh Trust, Marshall Law OfficeFlorida Health Care PlansMainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Michael Sandifer, Florida Health Source, Jane Duerson Potter, Tower Realty Partners, Barbara & John Vazquez, The Shores Resort & Spa, Orlando City Soccer Club, Daytona Beach Symphony SocietySouthwest Airlines, The Walt Disney Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Badcock & More Home Furniture, Tanger Outlets, Sheri’s Pampered Pet Grooming, Studio 308, Sharon Kurth & LA Johnson St. John Salon Stylists, Puff ‘N Stuff Catering, Stonewood Grill & Tavern, Blue Heron River Tours, International Speedway Corporation and more!

Join us for an absolutely inspirational evening as we pay special tribute to outstanding community partners, recognize young champions of service, and celebrate the many achievements of those living with developmental disabilities.

Sponsorships, Table Reservations and Individual Seat Tickets are limited. For more information on the 3rd Annual Inspiration Gala, click here.

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