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A conversation with…Kyle Senk, Avalon Residential Support Specialist

In February, Kyle Senk celebrated his one year anniversary of working at Avalon!  He started as a part-time RSS (Residential Support Specialist) and transferred to full-time RSS working midnights at our Ashley house in January 2021. Can you describe your typical work day? I start each shift in…

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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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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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