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Avalon’s 2020 Community Impact Report

We’re grateful and proud of all that we were able to accomplish together in 2020, an extraordinary year. Read the full 2020 Community Impact Report here. On behalf of everyone at Avalon, thank you for your unconditional support!

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From Tenant to First-Time Home Buyer: Veronica’s Story

A few weeks ago, Tara Tarbox, Avalon’s Director of Property Management, received an email from Veronica Brandon, one of our tenants, who said:   “Good morning, I am emailing you with an update. I was NACA qualified about 2 weeks ago. That means that I was prequalified for their…

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Welcoming Ryan Henyard, Avalon’s newest board member

Ryan recently joined Avalon’s Board of Trustees.  I sat down (virtually) with Ryan in March to learn more about him. Tell us about yourself.  Where do you work and live? I work for the University of Michigan as a Faculty Experience Designer at the Center for Academic Innovation,…

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A conversation with…Kyle Senk, Avalon Residential Support Specialist

In February, Kyle Senk celebrated his one year anniversary of working at Avalon!  He started as a part-time RSS (Residential Support Specialist) and transferred to full-time RSS working midnights at our Ashley house in January 2021. Can you describe your typical work day? I start each shift in…

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Help furnish 70 new homes for our neighbors at Hickory Way!

In 2020 Avalon Housing will start leases and move-ins for the first phase of 70 units of affordable housing at Hickory Way Apartments in Ann Arbor. Hickory Way tenants will be exiting homelessness and moving into new homes.  They will all need basic furnishings and household items. For…

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2019 Avalon Annual Report

In 2019, Avalon moved 172 of our neighbors out of homelessness and into homes! In total, Avalon served 772 people in Washtenaw County. We expanded and improved our community building programs, including youth development/youth leadership and food pantries. We also added 150 new housing units to our development…

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A conversation with… Johnnie B. of Avalon

Editor’s note:  In March, I sat down with Johnnie B. Tingle, Avalon’s Employment Support Specialist and AmeriCorps Member, to talk about his work at Avalon.   Johnnie B. had been working at Avalon since October 2019.  Just as we were getting ready to post this interview, the Governor’s…

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Avalon Memorial Gathering

On Friday, February 14, Avalon staff gathered for our annual memorial gathering for Avalon clients and tenants who we’ve lost. Joel Barson led this memorial, and these are his remarks: So, this is the second year that we’re gathering like this to do an intentional remembrance, but this…

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Good Things in 2019

In 2019 the Avalon community received many different kinds of support from so many people.  Here are just some of the highlights: In February, we unveiled the Avalon Memorial Tree, in honor of people in our community whom we’ve lost. In March, we received this beautiful note and…

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