Mission and Values

Our mission is to build healthy, safe and inclusive supportive housing communities
as a long-term solution to homelessness.

Dignity.  We recognize and honor the innate dignity that every human has. We embrace people as they are, with unconditional positive regard. We bring kindness, respect, and integrity to all of our interactions.

Self-determination.   We recognize self-determination as a human right that plays a vital role in growth and recovery. Everyone is empowered to guide their own lives, and everyone has the responsibility to respect the needs of the community, and their role within it.

Equity.  We know that diverse perspectives and lived experiences are integral to the strongest, healthiest organizations and communities. We strive to be an anti-racist organization. We will call out bias, demand change, and measure our impact, within and beyond our organization.

Best Self. We believe that each person brings unique strengths and abilities to the work we do. We create space for one another to show up authentically. We are committed to learning from experience and to empower each other to become our best selves. We see the phenomenal circle of personal growth: health achieved in one person becomes, in turn, the strength to “pay it forward” and encourage others towards health.

Community.  We build community grounded in acceptance and inclusion, while challenging every one of us to develop. Each of us is responsible for creating a culture of welcome, safety, and belonging, as we work together to build a community that helps people thrive. We know that any sustainable achievement is rooted in collaboration and meaningful partnership.

Excellence. We commit to excellence in our work, in our roles as community members, and in the operation and management of Avalon Housing. We go above and beyond to accomplish our goals, make hard decisions when needed, and hold ourselves and others accountable for results. We are courageous advocates, leaders for intentional change, and willing to take thoughtful risks.

Well-being. We value the role that good self care plays in overall well-being. Self care, and the pursuit of well-being – satisfaction with life, feeling connected, having a sense of purpose and agency – is key to engendering strong and deep connections. We know there are abundant opportunities for us to cultivate joy. We make time for good fun together to fuel ourselves and to build a warm, enjoyable community.


The people we serve are individuals, families with children, youth and seniors – all of whom have experienced homelessness and face mental and/or physical health challenges. In addition to affordable housing, Avalon residents need support services to move beyond homelessness for good.

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Our Team

Avalon Senior Leadership Staff

Aubrey Patiño

Executive Director

Jude Walton

Director of Human Resources

Masa Nohara

Director of Finance and Administration

Tara Tarbox

Director of Property Management

Molly Smith

Director of Services

Wendy Carty-Saxon

Director of Real Estate Development

Marcia Luke-van Dijk

Director of Communications and Fund Development

Board of Trustees

Photo of Board Chair Gary Bruder

Gary Bruder


Photo of Board Vice President Allan Newman

Allan Newman

Vice President

Photo of Board Secretary Linda Rexer

Linda Rexer


Photo of board member Jim Grosh

Jim Grosh


Photo of board member Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas

Photo of board member Kelly Moore

Kelly Moore

Photo of board member Margaret Wong

Margaret Wong

Photo of board member Ryan Henyard

Ryan Henyard

Photo of board member Jeremy Lapedis

Jeremy Lapedis

Photo of board member Barbara Kessler

Barbara Kessler

Photo of board member Veronique Liem

Veronique Liem

Our Partners

Avalon collaborates with a diverse group of federal, state and local funders and operational partners who work together to serve those most in need in Washtenaw County.

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As a non-profit housing developer, property manager and service provider, Avalon’s projects and services are funded with a mix of federal, state and local funds, in addition to grants and private donations.   To view Avalon’s financial information, you can download our latest annual report and view our GuideStar profile and latest 990 form .


Avalon Housing was founded in 1992, as a spin off from the City of Ann Arbor’s emergency shelter. Community advocates seized an opportunity to provide long-term, affordable housing for the City’s homeless citizens.

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