Humanity and Renewal at Miller Manor

“Not every story has a happy ending, … but the discoveries of science, the teachings of the heart, and the revelations of the soul all assure us that no human being is ever beyond redemption. The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists. How to support…

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Vote for Avalon Housing in the Vital Seniors Competition!

Avalon is grateful to be one of ten finalists in the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation’s Vital Seniors grant competition. The award for this competition is $500,000, which we really hope to win! Of the 750 people Avalon serves, 230 are over age 50.  We know we need…

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Home for Good, Avalon’s Art Show Fundraiser

Building Community through Art “I’m going to be a real artist!” “People actually want to see my artwork!” “Oh my gosh, this is so exciting, let me fix my hair so you can take my picture!” These are just a few of the reactions I have heard from…

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Avalon’s Medication Management Program

Since Avalon acquired a medication program in 2015, we have grown the program to become a more comprehensive and valuable service. Just like housing, we believe that accessible and consistent medication is a basic human right. Medication management helps Avalon clients get the medication they deserve and improves…

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Remembering Jane Barney

Jane Barney was the founding Board President of Avalon Housing in 1992.  She was 78 then, and had already led an inspirational life filled with love for family and years of activism for social and economic justice and civil rights.  It was my incredible good fortune to learn…

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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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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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