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Stetson Music at Duvall Homes

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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Will Finds A Way

Under Armour Campaign Features Athlete With CP

April 19, 2018 – Under Armour’s new Will Finds A Way campaign features an athlete with Cerebral Palsy, Johnny Agar. Agar is the Cerebral Palsy Foundation official sports ambassador. Congrats Teamagar!

View Agar’s Under Armour commercial he made last year, which showcases his awesome training regime juxtaposed with the training regime of five-time Olympian (28 medals) Michael Phelps https://youtu.be/8YSt1bC90yA.

Last August, Johnny Agar crossed the finish line at the 2017 IronMan in Boulder, Colorado – one of many reasons why he made the Under Armour commercial. Read Agar’s blog at TeamAgar.com. Isn’t it great to be inspired?!

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Duvall Careers

Dedicated Direct Support Professional Retires After 37 Years

March 28, 2018 – After giving 37 years of her life caring for people with developmental disabilities, Phyllis Griffith, a devoted Direct Support Professional (DSP), has decided to retire.

“I don’t want to leave. I really don’t,” said Griffith. “It’s only because of my balance do I think it’s best for me to retire now. It’s going to be tough, but this way I can leave feeling good instead of risking a fall or something.”

Griffith has cared for many residents during her time at Duvall, as well as trained a great number of Direct Support Professionals. “I will miss the residents greatly, but I’ll look forward to getting the Duvall newsletter and hearing the latest news, so please don’t forget me.”

Oh, we will not forget you Phyllis. You are the heartbeat of Duvall. People like you have instilled confidence in the hearts of hundreds of families, caregivers and loved ones of those we serve. People like you have contributed to the legacy of empowering people with developmental disabilities in our community for more than 73 years. Thank you Phyllis for your commitment, loyalty and compassion!

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Fellow staff and a few family members celebrated with Phyllis over a surprise luncheon in the chapel on the Glenwood campus. Treniece and Artrina, both 10-year DSP veterans, have worked alongside Phyllis caring for the same residents, said they would miss Phyllis and wish her the very best in retirement.

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Interested in becoming a DSP? Visit DuvallHomes.org/Careers.

Wynonna “Cookie” Stanfield retires after 33 years.

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Adult Day Training Duvall Homes

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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Father Lopez Volunteers

A Day of Service from Father Lopez Catholic High School

March 16, 2018 – Students from Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach volunteered their time last weekend to prep and paint five garden benches and a large picnic table for the grounds at Duvall Homes Glenwood Campus. This is the second year students from Father Lopez have donated time beautifying the outdoor walking area for participants at Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center. (View 2017 images.)

Father Lopez Catholic High School

Thank you to the students (Joshua, Thomas, Victoria and Kai) and to the department of Community Service at the high school for assisting in sharing this opportunity. There will be similar opportunities in the near future. If interested, please email Lisa Habermehl at lhabermehl@DuvallHomes.org. Other Duvall News: DuvallHomes.org/News-Events.

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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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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.

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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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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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Duvall Homes Board Member

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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