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Tim Tebow Foundation NTS

Highlight Videos From Night To Shine

February 14, 2018 – To celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Developmental Disabilities Day, we are sharing two videos of a wonderful evening: Duvall Homes Attends 2018 Night To Shine Prom and the Official 2018 Night To Shine Worldwide Highlight Video.

Created by Tim Tebow and the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand, residents of Duvall Homes participated in this incredible international event that took place February 9 in DeLand, Florida, in 16 countries at 537 host churches, where 90,000 VIPs with developmental disabilities were crowned Kings and Queens by 175,000 volunteers! Staff from Duvall Homes participated as well.

View additional images on Instagram at #ImInspiredDeLand  #NightToShine and #NTSDeLand. This special night was a memorable global event recommended for anyone who wishes to get involved and be inspired. Be sure to put February 8, 2019, on your calendar.

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Tim Tebow’s Night To Shine Comes to DeLand

February 9, 2018 – We may not be Elon Musk headed toward the asteroid belt launched by the Falcon Heavy Super Rocket to the tunes of David Bowie; however, we are absolutely just as excited as Duvall staff make last minute pre-prom preparations for tonight’s Night To Shine Prom at Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand for individuals with developmental disabilities in our community. And, the tunes of Bowie very well may be played!

Thanks to the Tim Tebow Foundation, and Stetson Baptist, residents of Duvall Homes can be part of this very special international event close to home in West Volusia County that will also occur in 16 different countries, at 540 host churches by 175,000 volunteers for 90,000 VIP Kings and Queens!

Night To Shine Group Home

Direct Support Professional Jolene Hunt (grey shirt) stands with Maggie as Group Home Manager, Sherrie Moore, measures and hems Maggie’s new gown. Sherrie modified several gowns and suits for our VIP Queens and Kings attending tonight’s event, including Jason’s below.  Follow images posted throughout the night at #NTSDeLand, and on Duvall Home’s Facebook Page.

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Read how residents of Duvall Homes helps out Night To Shine: A Team Effort

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Night To Shine DeLand

A Team Effort

February 8, 2018 – Participants in Duvall’s Day Training Program assisted in putting together 200 special greeting cards for each VIP attending the Night To Shine (NTS) Prom at Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand tomorrow night.

Each unique recycled card reads the message, “You Are Shining Bright Tonight And Every Day!” The cards were decorated with a single sparkling star on the front symbolic of the Faith, Hope & Love this special night represents for each VIP with special needs in our community, and the care put into sealing each envelope by those in our care. The cards were stuffed into the black NTS gift bags for each VIP and will be given out Friday night.

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Night To Shine Cards

The Director of NightToShineDeLand.org, Pastor Dan Glenn of Stetson Baptist Church (top photo, center), and his hardworking staff, extends his gratitude to Duvall Homes and to the 400 volunteers who continue to work to create an experience like no other. Thanks to the Tim Tebow Foundation, we are now part of a special annual event that will occur in 16 countries, at 540 host churches by 175,000 volunteers for 90,000 kings and queens!

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Me Strong 5K Duvall Homes

Duvall Homes at Me Strong 5K

February 6, 2018 – A few ladies who work at DuvallHomes.org participated in the 7th Annual ME STRONG 5K Run/Walk in DeLand this past Saturday, February 3. They joined close to 3,800 people from Volusia County, and beyond, in their fight against cancer, walking in honor of people they currently know who are hanging tough in their fight against cancer and in memory of family members who lost their battle in recent years.

Duvall Homes Me StrongAttracting more than 1,000 people than last year’s run, DeLand Mayor, Robert Apgar, reported that the monies raised was a result of 1 in 10 people in our community came out. (DeLand’s current census is 31,000.)  The race was initiated when four women, Kim Winters, Barbara Underhill, Kim Martin, and Kathy Guyer wanted to honor their friend Linda Ryan who was diagnosed with recurrent cervical cancer at the age of 43. Following the race, the founders, tallied an incredible $152,000 raised from the event.

Me Strong 5k

Images from the start of the 5K Walk/Run can be viewed at https://goo.gl/uPy7MS and  https://goo.gl/dmYMQJ. Candid images and special finish line moments can be viewed at https://goo.gl/uPy7MS. Race results and other videos can be viewed by visiting MeStrong.net/Deland-5K.

Participants of Duvall Homes’ Adult Day Training (ADT) Program are periodically reminded of the importance of raising awareness in their community for those who are fighting cancer. Last year, they took to the sidewalk proudly wearing personally designed t-shirts created at ADT in Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center. This is only one inspiring example of the many ways in which Duvall Homes’ residents and community participants get involved and practice community engagement and awareness for all populations in need of attention.

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Duvall Homes joins Volusia Manufacturers Association

February 1, 2018 – Duvall Homes is a proud new member of Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA), a vibrant manufacturing community of leadership and achievement in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

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Left to right, Elizabeth Bhimjee, Duvall’s CMDO; Jessica Lovatt, VMA VP Sales & Marketing; Karen Jacobs, Senior VP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Steven DeVane, Duvall’s CEO.

Founded in 1980, VMA provides information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed. This new relationship with VMA is fitting with the programs and contract work services we offer at Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center to people with developmental disabilities who we serve.

VMA ADTAs we move into a new year, expanding our own contract work program and facility, we look forward to the professional opportunities and connections that await us through VMA.

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Tim Tebow Duvall Homes

The Greatest Form of Love

January 25, 2018 – Duvall Homes’ steadfast mission of empowering people with Developmental Disabilities since 1945 is a testament to Tim Tebow’s definition of “The Greatest Form of Love.” Join The Movement!

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United Way Volusia Flagler

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Awards Duvall Homes

January 23, 2018 – Duvall Homes was selected to receive an award totaling $10,000 from the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties @yourunitedway for Hurricane Irma recovery.

The grant is funded through the generosity of the Eli Lilly Foundation, United Worldwide, Parks Dermatology, SunTrust Bank and other corporations to provide relief and recovery after the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The UnitedwayVFC.org was able to distribute $107,600 to local organizations serving the two-county area in need of recovery associated with damage caused when the hurricane hit the area September 10, 2018.

This essential funding is vital to the repair of several buildings that were affected on the Glenwood campus of Duvall Homes.

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Deltona Bargain Store, Thrift Shop Duvall

Customer Appreciation Day

January 18, 2018 – The Management of the Bargain Store of Duvall Homes in Deltona has given the store at 1200 Deltona Blvd. a fresh new look just for you!!

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Store Manager Russ Walter with Duvall CEO Steven DeVane

Customers enjoyed refreshments and received an additional 25% off the already low priced items, taking home great deals in home furnishings, clothing, dishes, books, toys and other essentials. Duvall staff greeted customers when they arrived, thanking them for their support.

All purchases support the programs and services Duvall Homes provides for individuals with developmental disabilities in our care.

Duvall Bargain Store
Left to right, CFO Karen Kummerer, CDMO Elizabeth Bhimjee and Group Home Manager Sherrie Moore

The manager of the store, Russ Walter, is planning for a Grand (Re)Opening early March following the installation of new signage, so be sure to stop by.

Consider donating your unwanted furniture, clothing and household items to the store. Arrangements for picking up larger items can be made by calling 386.734.2874.

Time to Bargain Shop

Duvall Homes: Time To Bargain Shop – Save money while supporting people with developmental disabilities living in our community. Look for this 30 second video spot on Channel 13 and other channels starting this Friday.

Posted by Duvall Homes on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bargain Store Location
1200 Deltona Blvd. Deltona, FL 32725 (386)860-4110
Store Hours
Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pickups
Arrangements for pickup can be made for most donations by calling (386)734-2874.

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Duvall Board Member to Receive 40 Under 40 Award by Daytona Beach News-Journal

January 17, 2018 – Duvall Homes’ is proud to have one of its board members, Michael Ugarte, selected as one of the final recipients of the 2018 Daytona Beach News-Journal’s 40 under 40 Award.

Michael Ugarte 40 Under 40Honorees were selected for their professional achievements and community service work in Volusia and Flagler counties. Ugarte is Chief Financial Development Officer of the Halifax Humane Society and has been on Duvall’s Board of Regents since 2015. [February Update: Ugarte is now the Executive Director of the National MS Society.]

Duvall Homes’ leadership team and staff are proud to have members of its board who, like Ugarte, are experts in their respective fields, charitable supporters and advocates for organizations and members of their community, including individuals with developmental disabilities at Duvall Homes.

The winners of the 40 Under 40 award will be announced in the March issue of the Daytona Beach News-Journal Business Report and at 2018 Buisness Report 40 Under 40 Banquet on March 8.

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STEM-Inspired Art at Duvall Homes

January 11, 2017 – New art panels debuted at Duvall Homes’ 2017 Inspiration Gala, which displayed artworks influenced by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) subjects. The Opportunities Enrichment Center (Adult Day Training – ADT) at Duvall Homes incorporates, among other things, the cultural arts and influences of STEM subjects into their regular curriculum.

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Created individually and collaboratively, the works displayed on the art panels were inspired through the observation of other art done by professional painters and photographers, by learning about and viewing images associated with current events in the news, and by exploring the natural environment surrounding Duvall’s abundant Glenwood campus.

Solar Eclipse STEAM

The Support Specialists at Duvall’s ADT center create original programming. They use various educational resources, including digital guides and personal iPads to instruct science-based events like the epic solar eclipse that passed over the U.S. this past August, or eagle nesting that occurs at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge just minutes from Duvall’s campus.

Duvall Homes Fauna Art

Given only modified assistance when required, Duvall artists incorporated designs, figures and shapes on canvases of all types and measurements, and created an impressive collection that inspired every individual privileged to view them. Mediums of all types were used from pastels, acrylics, charcoal, chalk and ink, to rocks, twigs and recycled wood, cardboard and aluminum. We’re excited with the specialized programming that takes place at Duvall Homes and proud of the empowerment instilled on all of our ADT participants.

Art For EveryoneShould your business be interested in exhibiting works of art created by individuals with developmental disabilities from our community in our care, please view our growing virtual DeLand Art Gallery and contact Elizabeth Bhimjee, CMDO, at ebhimjee@duvallhomes.org or 386.734.2874 ext. 102.

 

 

Read full Stem-Inspired story on pages 6 and 7 of Duvall’s 2017 Fall Newsletter.

A Total Eclipse ExperienceEagle Watch & ArtArt Rocks

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A Winter Wonderland Celebration

December 26, 2017 – Parents, guardians, family members and friends joined their loved ones with staff for a Winter Wonderland Celebration at Duvall Homes‘ Opportunities Enrichment Center last week. Every single square inch of the Adult Day Training Center was beautifully decorated with ribbons and bows, sparkle and snow, presents and holiday treats. The corridors and classrooms were filled with holiday hoopla as family and friends enjoyed sounds of the season by Stetson music students – Instruments of Healing [Listen to Shilpa Ravoory & Justin Dalisay: Silent Night and Jingle Bells] and captured the fun in keepsake photos. Here are just a few. Contact shirleyz@duvallhomes.org for copies.

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

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Keeping DSPs in the Conversation

December 19, 2017 – Keeping Direct Support Professionals in the Conversation. Recently, Duvall Homes’ CEO, Steven DeVane, met with the Executive Director of Florida’s Center for Nursing, Mary Lou Brunell, to discuss Florida’s healthcare sector and its workforce shortages.

Florida Healthcare Workforce

Housed at the University of Central Florida, the HWRI (Healthcare Workforce Research Initiative) provides healthcare occupational data to facilitate research and grant proposals that support a healthier Florida. Comprised of three research centers – Center for Healthcare Providers; Center for Nursing; and Center for Allied Health – the HWRI contributes to better healthcare workforce strategies, and DeVane sits on the committee to represent the voice of DSP (Direct Support Professionals), a profession essential to providing critical care and services to individuals with Developmental Disabilities in our state.  To learn more, visit the following web pages:

Sustaining A Vital Workforce

Florida Healthcare Workforce, Campaign for Action and Florida Center for Nursing.

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DeLand Breakfast Rotary, Women United

DeLand Breakfast Rotary & Women United

December 13, 2017 – Duvall Homes is most grateful for being awarded a 2017 grant from the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club and from the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Volusia-Flagler. The grants will be used to enhance the Day Training Program (ADT) at Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center in DeLand.

Women UnitedMonies received from the DeLand Breakfast Rotary will help sustain Duvall Homes flourishing art program, and continued support from the Women United will help strengthen Duvall’s contract work program. Material and supplies to keep both on track are vital. The financial assistance received from each organization is deeply appreciated.

Not only does the program benefit participants in the ADT programming, but a multitude of community members across the County of Volusia are inspired by the outreach and volunteerism served by the ADT particpants. The impact tied to informing others and creating greater community awareness about issues faced by the disabled is immeasurable.

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Merry Christmas Volusia County

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 DuvallHomes.org/Newsletters.

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

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

Duvall Homes is a 501(c)(3) organization, designated by the IRS, and your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR DUVALL HOME (SOLICITATION # CH710) MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES AT www.800helpfla.com, OR BY CALLING 1-800-435-7352 TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.