Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Avalon

As we commemorate Juneteenth* this month, this reflection about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Avalon is an honor. Avalon’s Equity Ambassador Committee (EAC) has been working diligently on implementing policies and best practices, to advance Avalon’s mission at an organizational level. “An Avalon Equity Ambassador is a champion…

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Avalon’s VOCAL Tenant Leadership Board

VOCAL (Voices of Community Advocates and Leaders) is Avalon Housing’s tenant leadership board.  This program, started in 2017, leads participants through a six-session leadership development training.  In January of this year, VOCAL met to develop their annual work plan. They were energized to continue the work they have…

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Community Building: Avalon’s Community Centers

When asked to write a blog post for Avalon’s website, I was flooded with excitement and had so many ideas! There isn’t time to write a novel so I’ll narrow down my 1,000,000 blog post ideas into one topic: COMMUNITY BUILDING. After years of case management positions at…

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Aubrey Patiño

Avalon’s Community Impact: 2018 and Beyond

Happy New Year! This time of year serves as a wonderful opportunity for us to take stock of our community impact in 2018.  It’s also a chance to look forward to what’s ahead. Avalon’s achievements over the last year were many, but among them I thought I’d share…

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Storytelling at Avalon

Recently a friend asked me what I love most about my job at Avalon.  Without hesitation, I said:  “Storytelling. Getting to know the people in our community, and then sharing their stories.” Much of my time is focused on messaging.  Telling people what Avalon does, and why it…

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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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