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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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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Avalon at the Building Michigan Communities Conference

At this year’s Building Michigan Communities Conference in Lansing, Aubrey Patiño, Executive Director of Avalon, conducted a Harm Reduction session with Amanda Carlisle of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, TaLasha Moore of Avalon Housing, Lemont Gore of Unified HIV Health and Beyond and Lindsey Bishop Gilmore of CSH. Also…

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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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Avalon, CSH and NYU present FUSE Key Evaluation Findings

On February 16, Avalon, CSH and NYU co-presented the key findings of our five-year FUSE program at St. Joseph Mercy’s Education Center. CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing) has been leading a five-year national demonstration to create and evaluate supportive housing as a solution to addressing the needs of…

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