Photo of board member Ryan Henyard

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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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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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

My name is Lauren Rainey, and I’m a senior at the University of Michigan studying Law, Justice, and Social Change. This year I have the immense honor of working with Avalon Housing as a student intern in partnership with the Edward Ginsberg Community Center and their Community Leadership…

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Avalon’s Home for Good 2019

Thank you to everyone – sponsors, Friends, tenants, volunteers, staff and guests – who attended our annual fundraiser at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms on October 3! Proceeds from Home for Good are used to provide the support services that help our clients and residents maintain housing stability. Learn more…

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Home for Good is Thursday October 3!

Home for Good is Avalon’s annual fundraiser. This year’s event will be held at Cornman Farms in Dexter. We’ll have a reception with live music in the barn at 6 pm, following by a strolling dinner and short program in the tent. We’ll also honor long-time Friend Ellen…

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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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