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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 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 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!!

Duvall Homes Bargain Store
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.
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 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 for copies.

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

ADT Winter Wonderland in DeLand

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Duvall Homes DSP

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

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.


Bargain Store Deltona

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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Happy Thanksgiving

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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Duvall inside MYHEALTH Magazine of Daytona News-Journal

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