New Parkridge: Interview with Avalon’s TaLasha Moore

Parkridge Homes, Ypsilanti’s first public housing project, was built in 1943 to house African Americans who worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant.  Parkridge was designed by Hilyard Robinson, a prominent African American architect-engineer, who was involved in public housing projects throughout the country.  In 2018, the New…

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The Aspen, Ubuntu and Avalon

The recent Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Care training provided to Avalon staff by ThinkT3 and the Center for Social Innovation was very valuable for many reasons. One of the common themes that came from the training was the value and significance of community, and its inextricable link to individual…

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WHA Advocacy Workshop

Homeless and housing service providers as well as community members and some past City Council members were on hand at this workshop, designed to address skill-building and opportunities for advocacy.  Speakers included Amanda Carlisle of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA), who provided background on local homelessness and affordable…

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Radical frailty: reflections on belonging

Part of Avalon’s mission is to provide care and support to people for as long as they need our help, sometimes until the very end of their lives.  During this past year, Avalon experienced an unprecedented number of deaths among our residents.  These losses have hit us hard….

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Last year’s impact and what’s ahead

Happy New Year! It would be an understatement to say that 2017 was an exciting year for Avalon. While we celebrated our 25th anniversary, our founding director, Carole McCabe, transitioned on to new adventures as I stepped up to this new adventure. We completed a strategic planning process…

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Zingerman’s 35th Anniversary Street Fair

Our friends at Zingerman’s are having a party, and you’re invited! This Saturday, August 12, Zingerman’s is celebrating over three decades of great food and community with an epic gathering of artisan food makers. This unprecedented collection of some of the world’s most famous food producers will descend…

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Avalon Housing tenant, supported employment

Avalon’s Supported Employment Program

Avalon began our Supported Employment program on February 1, 2017.  Although Avalon has a long-standing commitment to hiring our tenants when we can, SAMHSA grant funding has enabled us to formally create a program that helps our population achieve greater self-determination and lasting stability.  SAMHSA, or the Substance…

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Why I’m Participating in the Big House 5K: Linda Rama

The Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors presented by Toyota on Sunday, April 9, will benefit six local, non-profit organizations selected based on the support they provide to our Washtenaw County community. Avalon is one of those beneficiaries, and Linda Rama is running on our behalf. Here’s…

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Big House 5K Run – Join Avalon!

Avalon is thrilled to be a race beneficiary of the 2017 Big House 5K Run! This year’s run, sponsored by Toyota, will be held on Sunday, April 9. The race starts at 8:30 am at Schembechler Hall and ends at the University of Michigan’s Big House stadium. In…

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