Developmental Disabilities

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Years of Support from Weirsdale Presbyterian Church

June 4, 2018 – Thank you to Pastor Walter Laseter and the gracious congregation of Weirsdale Presbyterian Church for their hospitality this past Sunday and for their years of dedicated support toward the mission of Duvall Homes.

We would also like to extend a thank you to Mission Coordinator Brian Farley, who was instrumental in arranging the invitation for our visit.

Pastor Laseter & Ellen, Brian Farley, Lisa habermehlMembers of the Presbyterian Church and community were apprised of how Duvall Homes transitioned from the single Duvall House that Thelma and Alanson Duvall formed in 1945 to today’s operation of 16 residential care group homes throughout the County of Volusia. Highlights of the short presentation covered current programming and services offered in Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center, including contract work, which will soon take place in our newly renovated Vocational Training Center.

Weirsdale Pastor LaseterMany were surprised to learn of the critical need for trained Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) across Florida – the lowest DSP-funded state in the U.S. – to help care for the daily comfort, safety and empowerment of people with I/DDs, 24/7. Before changing legislation and government mandates took hold, members of Weirsdale Presbyterian were part of the contingency of volunteers who for years selflessly gave of their time to support  and build, create with and watch over many individuals who resided at Duvall.

During the service, everyone was elevated by the sounds of Ellen Laseter, Dr. Laseter’s wife, on the piano, who performed, among other heartfelt hymns, The Old Rugged Cross. A surprise barbershop performance took place at the end of the service as Pastor Laseter’s newly formed quartet practiced for their choir-replacement summer schedule.

Weirsdale Presbyterian ChurchIt was a delightful visit to Weirsdale; however, due the small size of Duvall’s administrative staff, it can be challenging to make all of the visits we wish we could make in and outside of the county. One thing we are always happy to do, is to share words of gratitude for the impact people have made on the hundreds of lives of individuals with developmental disabilities living in our state.

If you are an organization who has supported Duvall Homes this year, or in years past, and have a company newsletter, please let us know as we’d love to share inspiring stories and images with you and your members or employees.

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Duvall Homes’ 2018 Spring Newsletter

May 25, 2018 – Inside Duvall Homes’ 2018 Spring Newsletter, you’ll once again be connected with the inspiring stories that bind our community together. Stories like Building Opportunities That Impact Our Community give insight to the tangible benefits that result when business partners get involved with the work we do.

Duvall Homes NewsletterArticles like The Duvall Difference provide an overview of the services and personal care Duvall residents receive from Direct Support Professionals and their Support Team every single day and of a father’s discovery of these services after putting the future care of his son above all else.

We also like to highlight community news and events in each issue. Our Spring Fling; service from high school and college students; the retiring of an employee after 37 years; and the Tim Tebow Foundation‘s very special Night To Shine event are just some of the newsworthy events that took place this past quarter.

Many of our friends, families and business partners have just received Duvall’s 2018 Spring Newsletter in the mail. You can enjoy it too by clicking on the cover to flip through the digital version.

Please share the many heartwarming stories with your own family, friends and colleagues. You’d be surprised who can benefit from the many different perspectives shared. Let us know what inspires you most about this issue at ImInspired.org. #TheDuvallDifference

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Talent And Inspiration Return To Duvall Homes

April 26, 2018 – We are once again blessed with the musical talents of Instruments of Healing (IOH), the community group of students from Stetson University’s School of Music.

Iminspired I'm InspiredFormed last year by Guitar Performance major Lauren Baucum, IOH comes to Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center to entertain, and engage with, participants in our Adult Day Training program once a month. They’re inspiring repertoire provides a nice balance to the work contracts, co-curricular activities and life-skills training ADT participants keep busy with throughout the week.

Instruments of HealingDuring their visits, the IOH student musicians encourage viewing guests to sing along or pick up an instrument to join in on the fun, and each month a growing number learn a few new skills related to properly holding and playing a particular instrument. Staff, residents and family members extend a heart-felt thank you to these young volunteer musicians for their talent, patience, compassion and goodwill. We are all better for it.

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In case you’d like to hear these skillful young leaders perform their craft during their end-of-year recitals, click on the links below.

Shilpa Ravoory https://youtu.be/RVkLzdNd8Kc
Lauren Baucum @ 9:45; Justin Dalisy @ 52:38 https://youtu.be/seRtOsg1wbk
Justin Dalisay https://youtu.be/9ucoUoiQjqE
Blake Rook https://youtu.be/W0aI-IN2wyg
School of Music Live Stream

2017 IOH Members

2018 New IOH Members
Arelys Camargo Delgado – Guitar
Blake Rook – Cello & Guitar
Daniel Del Castillo – Guitar
Eshtemoh Morgan – Guitar and Voice
Jacob Spangler – Guitar
Liam Bombka – Guitar
Logan Spannuth – Guitar

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Employment Inclusion at Duvall Homes, Inc.

March 21, 2018 – Another busy day last week in our ADT Workshop fulfilling bulk mailers at Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center.

While Duvall Homes’ ADT Workshop completes contracts on its Glenwood campus for the contracting business, ADT participants develop social and vocational skills that empower them to become independent members of our community’s workforce who earn a paycheck.

The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment acknowledges that employers who appreciate and value individual differences, benefit from varied perspectives on how to confront business challenges and achieve success.

Those organizations who recognize the unique attributes and experiences people with developmental disabilities bring to their workforce reap a multitude of benefits by creating an inclusive positive environment and a cohesive confident team.

Since disability is a natural part of diversity, businesses can benefit by taking steps to ensure people with disabilities are represented in their workforce. What Can You Do Campaign?  

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Deltona Bargain Store

Deltona Bargain Store Grand Re-Opening

February 23, 2018 – Duvall Homes’ Deltona Bargain Store will be celebrating their Grand Re-Opening on Friday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1200 Deltona Blvd. in the Deltona Plaza.

Since Duvall’s 7000 sqft. Deltona store came under new management last fall, the nonprofit store has taken on a whole new look and vibe. New signage was recently installed and a new floor plan implemented to attract new customers, retain current customers and improve the overall customer experience.

The community is invited to join the Bargain Store staff in celebrating the re-opening over refreshments, rock bottom prices, a prize wheel, seasonal sales and much more.

All proceeds from Bargain Store sales benefit the residents of Duvall Homes. Donated gently used household items, such as furniture, appliances, electronics, clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, books and art are greatly appreciated.

Support people with developmental disabilities in our community by shopping at, and donating to, Duvall Homes’ BARGAIN STORE in Deltona. It’s Time To Bargain Shop!

Address: 1200 Deltona Blvd. Deltona, FL 32725 (386)860-4110
Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pickups: For inquiries of picking up donated, please call (386)734-2874.

Duvall Homes has been providing residential care and adult day training for people living with a developmental disability since 1945. Learn about the many Programs & Services Duvall Homes offers in our community for people ages 22 and up, by clicking here.

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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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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

Race results and videos can be viewed by visiting MeStrong.net/Deland-5K. Other race images can be viewed at https://goo.gl/uPy7MS.

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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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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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, BrightExpectations.com, you find stories, information and resources to help you as you start this journey.
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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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Duvall Homes’ Hits a New Milestone

October 17, 2016 With deepest gratitude, the Board of Regents and Staff of 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 23, 2016. In only its second year, the organization’s newly established annual fundraiser topped nearly $80,000.

“For several years we have been working very hard to raise community awareness about the good work that goes on here at Duvall Homes,” said Duvall’s CEO, Steven DeVane. “We certainly saw, first-hand, the power of one as sponsors, staff and the community came together for a great cause and a great evening, and I personally thank everyone involved. While our work is not done here, the future is bright and we couldn’t be prouder.”

Florida ranks 49 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in funding services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and that shortage 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.

“Duvall Homes serves a function of taking care of people who can’t take care of themselves,” said longtime Duvall supporter Bert Reames, President of Reames Employee Benefits Solutions. “I feel the rest of us have a moral obligation to take care of those people, and through Duvall Homes we get that done. Thank you to Duvall Homes for permitting us to be part of the family and give support to their projects.” Bert and Julie Reames are the 2016 recipients of The Alanson and Thelma Duvall Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service, presented at the Gala.

“Duvall Homes’ mission of caring for its residents greatly mirrors the commitment we feel to our patients, our teammates, and our world,” said Jason Cline, VP and General Manager of DaVita Labs who served as the Gala’s Presenting Sponsor.

Other corporate sponsors included Florida Hospital, Tower Realty Partners, Florida Public Utilities, Park Shore Pharmacon, Florida Health Care Plans, Gateway Bank of Florida, Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Marshall Law Office, Merrill Lynch, and Olivari & Associates, to name just a few.

“It was an amazing team effort,” said Elizabeth Bhimjee, Duvall Homes’ Chief Marketing and Development Officer and Gala Coordinator. “We received an outpouring of support from the community again this year. It was inspiring to see so many individuals and organizations come together to help us achieve another new milestone in Duvall’s long history.” For more information, visit DuvallHomes.org.