Good Things in 2019

By: Avalon Housing

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.

Aubrey Patiño addresses the crowd

In March, we received this beautiful note and a donation from Sadie, one of Avalon’s youngest donors.

In April, we completed technology and furnishing upgrades at our community centers with funding from the Buhr Foundation.

Enjoying the space at Carrot Way!

In May we celebrated the completion of another session of Telling It, a creative arts program that helps kids heal from trauma.

In June, several volunteer groups did cleanup work and planted flowers at our properties!

University of Michigan students beautify our Stimson property

In August, Cross Fit Ypsilanti partnered with our youth development staff for Avalon Youth Field Day.

Youth Field Day!

In September, another cohort of Avalon’s tenant leadership program, or VOCAL (Voices of Community Leaders and Advocates) graduated.

VOCAL members attend Home for Good

In October, Lucky Monkey Tattoo and sister shop Lovely Monkey Tattoo held a heart key tattoo fundraiser for Avalon!

The Avalon heart key tattoo

In November, we celebrated the grand opening of LevelOne Bank’s new branch on South Maple Road in Ann Arbor.  The branch walls are decorated with art on loan from Avalon tenant artists.

When I look at all these pictures, I think of all that we have to be grateful for. Thank you, everyone!

Marcia Luke-van Dijk, Director of Communications and Fund Development