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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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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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People standing and sitting under a large tent at an fundraising event

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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Volunteer Spotlight: Summer Program for Youth

I’m Lauren Rhodes, and I’m a junior who’s studying economics at the University of Michigan. This past summer I had the opportunity to volunteer at Avalon in their Summer Program for Youth (SPY). Every day looked a little different. We always tried our best to accommodate what each…

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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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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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