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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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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2018 Avalon Annual Report

In 2018,  Avalon was able to help move 122 people into homes. We completed the fourth cohort of our Supported Employment program, which provided job readiness coaching to a total of 95 clients.  We also celebrated the grand opening of our first property in Chelsea! Learn more about…

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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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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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