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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 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.

Be inspired and inspire others at Duvall Homes’ third annual 2017 Inspiration Gala.
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Duvall’s 2017 Inspiration Gala

The Board of Regents of Duvall Homes proudly presents the
2017 INSPIRATION GALA
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

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 Tickets are now available (click on image below). Seats are limited and deadlines for sponsorships (and banners) are fast approaching. More.

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Receptionist Retires After 33 Years

June 1, 2017 – Earlier this week, a longtime valued employee, Wynonna “Cookie” Stanfield, retired from her position as receptionist of Duvall Homes after 33 years of dedicated service.

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Stanfield, 1987

For Stanfield it has been a family affair for more reasons than one. Stanfield’s father worked at Duvall, as did her husband, son and granddaughter. Her son Matthew Stanfield, is the Director of Facilities & Grounds, and her daughter-in-law, Vicky Stanfield is a Group Home Manager, both have been an employee for more than 20 years themselves.

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Coworkers with more than 30 years each of experience working at Duvall Homes, send their well wishes to Cookie Stanfield. Left, to right: Nurse Susan Szekely; Group Home Manager Millie Bowers; Cookie Stanfield; and Group Home Manager, and daughter-in-law of Cookie, Vicky Stanfield

“I’ve been here since 1984 and have seen a great deal of changes through the years, and have been inspired by so many things at Duvall,” said Stanfield, “but yesterday (the day before retiring) was extra special.”

Cookie had paid a visit to Adult Day Training at the Opportunities Enrichment Center, which is on the same grounds as Administration in Glenwood, to say goodbye to staff and residents. As she was leaving, Priscilla, a resident of Duvall Homes for many years, walked up to Cookie to say something.

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Priscilla

“How about all of those youth group picnics? The Friday night dances and field trips – we had some good times didn’t we Cookie? I will miss you,” said Priscilla.

“It was great to realize that they remember too,” said Cookie, “and that we did make an impact on their lives, just as they have on me.”

“Their parents and families are wonderful people too. Together with the many staff I’ve worked with, I have a lot of very fond memories to carry with me from my time here.”

CookieThe staff threw a retirement luncheon for Cookie, Duvall Homes CEO, Steven DeVane, gave a few nice words (below), and parents who have known Cookie for decades, including Tess Daly and Thomas Kenney, stopped by to give her a hug (top).

At 74, Stanfield plans to visit from time-to-time as she does live in Glenwood, but has a lot to keep her busy, including her new great grandbaby, Trent, born just last month.

Thanks for your many years Cookie. Happy Retirement!

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National Eat More Fruit Day

May 25, 2017 – After taking a trip to the DeLand Farmer’s Market, participants in Duvall’s Adult Day Training assisted in preparing fresh fruit cups for everyone to enjoy, including staff!

ADTTop 10 Reasons to eat more fruits and veggies: Fiber, Low Calories, Reduce Risk of Disease, Vitamins & Minerals and more…

Learn more about the many activities and programs happening in our Opportunities Enrichment Center by going to DuvallHomes.org.

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Chairs With Arms For Seizure Disorder

May 17, 2017 – Because Florida ranks 49 out of 50 states in funding services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Autism, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other disabilities, we are always in search of funding for one particular need or another. Right now, we are in need of 50 chairs with arms for our residents and day training participants.

By donating just $35 to Duvall Homes’ chair fundraiser to purchase one chair with arms, you will provide additional safety for a disabled person, especially for those living with a seizure disorder.

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Any donation is greatly appreciated. In an effort to reach our goal for this essential furniture need, a “Chairs with Arms” drive was initiated during the month of May on Go Fund Me with a focus placed on raising at least $1750 of the $10,000 to purchase 50 chairs with arms; however, the fundraiser continues to run.

Duvall Homes ArtTo show our appreciation, anyone who makes a donation will have their name entered into a drawing for a special gift box of printed original works of art created by individuals with developmental disabilities in our care who participate in Duvall Homes’ Art…For Everyone Program at our Opportunities Enrichment Center.

Various ways to donate for your convenience

Donate online here.
Donate by phone by calling 386.734.2874.
Donate by mail by sending a check payable to
Duvall Homes to P.O. Box 220036, Glenwood, FL 32722.

Be sure to write Furniture Replacement Fundraiser on your check or
in the “special instructions” memo when making a paypal donation.

Thank you for your support and understanding of this need!

Learn more about Duvall Homes’ Furniture Replacement Fundraiser at
DuvallHomes.org/Get-involved

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DeLand Rocks – And So Does Duvall Homes!

May 5, 2017 – The growing community sensation for kids, teens, businesses, people with developmental disabilities, and really anyone who likes to stroll outdoors, paint and/or scavenger hunt, can participate in this county- and nation-wide activity created just for fun, and it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Find a small flat rock
  2. Paint the rock
  3. Hide the rock anywhere in DeLand

DeLand Rocks DuvallWith the assistance of our Support Specialists, participants in Duvall Homes’ Adult Day Training program created several one-of-a-kind painted rocks during the past few weeks. A few trips around town followed to hide these tiny masterpieces.

Get some clues on where our rocks were hidden on Duvall Homes’ Facebook Page DeLand Rocks album post. Should you find any of these rocks around DeLand, you’ll now know they were created by some very special people. #delandrocks

Learn more about the programming at Duvall Homes’ Opportunities Enrichment Center at Programs & Services.

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Empowering People at ADT

April 17, 2017 – Daily Empowerment at Duvall Homes’ Opportunities Enrichment Center:
Participants of our Adult Day Training program in Glenwood, Florida, develop alternative communication skills, improve self-expression through advancing vocabulary and language building, and explore current events to be part of regular social discussions.

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See how this essential life-skills training is put into play in the community in our 2017 Spring Newsletter by clicking here. View all Duvall Newsletters at DuvallHomes.org/Newsletters.

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Happy National Pet Day

April 11, 2017 – Happy National Pet Day: Residents of Duvall Homes volunteer on a regular basis with the animals at Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary in Glenwood, just a few minutes from our Opportunities Enrichment Center (OEC) on our main campus.Duvall Homes Journey's End

Journey’s End provides care and shelter for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep and birds that have been abused, neglected or have special needs.

Duvall Homes Journey's EndFor more information on the many programs that occur in Duvall’s Adult Day Training in our OEC, visit DuvallHomes.org.

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April 3, 2017 – Duvall Homes’ Adult Day Training programming teaches from a vast spectrum of co-curricular activities that model the framework of core curriculum state standards and extend experiences outside of the ADT classroom. This seasons Eagle Watch Program is only one of many such programs.

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ADT participants learned about the Bald Eagles habitat, feeding and nesting behavior from statewide data taught by ADT instructors in our Opportunities Enrichment Center and from viewing a live Eagle cam.

Duvall Homes Eagle WatchThis program continued for weeks and included several field trips with binoculars to Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge to discover and monitor the Bald Eagle’s habitat and hatching of eaglets. [ We’re quite fortunate to have our ADT facility, in Glenwood, be located only five minutes from Lake Woodruff. ]

Eagle Watch ArtParticipants also created eagle artworks following the trip providing an additional form of expression for each member of the special group of birdwatchers.

Eagle Watch TripTo learn more about the Bald Eagle, visit Florida’s Audubon website at http://fl.audubon.org/ and https://goo.gl/7nmYpY. To learn more about Duvall Home’s Adult Day Training Programming, click on Adult Day Training. View additional images from Duvall’s Eagle Watch by visiting our Facebook.com/DuvallHome.

To enjoy additional wildlife images indigenous to the area, visit the website of Florida photographer ScottHelfrichPhotography.com.

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Service in Honor of Developmental Disability Awareness Month

March 28, 2017 – Four freshman from Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach gave up part of their weekend to sand, prime and paint several benches along the garden walk on Duvall’s Glenwood campus in honor of National Developmental Disability Awareness Month. The very next day, the benches were used by Adult Day Training participants walking the loop in front our Opportunities Enrichment Center. Thank you girls, we hope you plan to return again soon!

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United Way Women’s Initiative Awards Duvall Grant

Recently photographed in Daytona Beach at the United Way of Volusia-Flagler was the $2000 grant awarded to Duvall Homes from the Women’s Initiative of the United Way.

The grant was awarded to Duvall in support of expanding our Art for Everyone program, which takes place in Adult Day Training at the Opportunities Enrichment Center in Glenwood, Florida.

Through a limited grant process funded through annual fundraisers, this dedicated group of women help change the lives of others in the community with much-needed financial support.

Image: Left to right, Elizabeth Bhimjee, Duvall Homes’ Chief Marketing & Development Officer; Jessica Fox Sznapstajler, Board President Women United Volusia Chapter; and Cindy Endara, Resource Development Manager United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties

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ADT Valentine’s Day Celebration

Duvall Homes Valentine’s Day Celebration – Group Home Residents and community participants of Duvall Homes’ Adult Day Training (ADT) in Glenwood, Florida, enjoyed an outdoor Valentine’s Day celebration Tuesday, February 14, 2017, complete with a photo board, refreshments, music, and dancing under the perfect balmy Florida skies.

Technology DuvallPhoto board images were captured by both ADT educators and participants using iPads as part of Duvall’s curriculum to develop communication skills and broaden knowledge in technology in its Opportunities Enrichment Center. This form of programming provides essential learning tools used to encourage participants to engage socially and is especially effective for participants who are non-verbal communicators. The iPads were purchased for ADT following the award of the 2015 Greenfeather Grant from Stetson University.

View additional images on Duvall’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/DuallHome.

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Allstate Foundation Grant

Duvall Homes receives a $1000 “Helping Hands in the Community Grant” from The Allstate Foundation. Facilitated by Allstate Agent Nanette Rosevear (left), the award, handed to Elizabeth Bhimjee, Duvall Homes’ Chief Marketing and Development Officer, comes as a direct result of Rosevear’s many hours of service to Duvall Homes and the developmentally disabled people we serve.

Nanette Rosevear Duvall HomesAs an ambassador and committed volunteer, Nanette has enabled the growth and success of Duvall Homes’ Art For Everyone Program. Its future is certainly in good hands thanks to her contributions of time, talent and treasure!

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