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Mary Rowan & Carmel Carp – Women’s History Month 2021

Mary Rowan & Carmel Carp – Women’s History Month 2021

Our last entry celebrating Women's History Month for Avenues SLS in 2021 is Mary Rowan & Carmel Carp, sisters to John.  Scott first met John and his mom over 40 years ago at a Saturday recreational program in the San Fernando Valley.  As Mary & Carmen share...

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Susan Heldoorn – Women’s History Month 2021

Susan Heldoorn – Women’s History Month 2021

Avenues SLS has spotlighted some of the many wonderful moms and sisters at Avenues SLS for Women's History Month this year and we are honored to put the spotlight now on Sue Heldoorn, Dan's mom. Sue, her husband John, and Dan have been strong supporters of Lori &...

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Stephanie Kusser – Women’s History Month 2021

Stephanie Kusser – Women’s History Month 2021

Stephanie Kusser first began working with Avenues SLS in 1995 while working a second job and going to school.  Stephanie's outgoing nature and love of community endeared her to almost everyone she met.  As you can see from Stephanie's story below, family comes first!...

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Bettie Steckel – Women’s History Month 2021

Bettie Steckel – Women’s History Month 2021

In Avenues SLS's continued celebration of Women's History Month 2021, we are pleased to honor Bettie Steckel, mom of Julie.  There has never been any doubt who Julie's most ardent and constant supporter is and has always been.  Through the tough times and the easier...

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Vicki Orphan – Women’s History Month 2021

Vicki Orphan – Women’s History Month 2021

We are proud to honor Vicki Orphan, Sister-in-Law to Lugene Orphan.  As Vicki shares below, she got to know Lugene and the Orphan family when she became friends with sister Madge in the mid-1960s.  While Lugene's other family members have passed away or live...

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Tomoko Inouye – Women’s History Month 2021

Tomoko Inouye – Women’s History Month 2021

Avenues SLS is pleased to honor Tomoko Inouye, (“Tee” to us), for Women’s History Month.  The bond between Tomoko and her son Keenan (who Avenues SLS supported until his death), was incredibly strong; and you can see why when you read about the advocacy, perseverance...

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Lori Crawford – Women’s History Month 2021

Lori Crawford – Women’s History Month 2021

Lori Crawford, is a Mom, Sister, and Daughter.  A mom to three boys, one on the autism spectrum, whom she has raised while working full time, always doing what needs to be done.  Sister to Devin and Heather, (who receives SLS through Avenues). Daughter to Kathy and...

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Helen Whitehorse – Women’s History Month 2021

Helen Whitehorse – Women’s History Month 2021

"I am honored and blessed to be able to share our first entry in women’s history month this year, where we are giving kudos to all the mothers and sisters of people we support, and the incredible and important impact they have made in the lives of their loved ones and...

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Donations Grow for Avenues Supported Living Services

Donations Grow for Avenues Supported Living Services

Donations Grow for Avenues Supported Living Services MARCH 5, 2021 BY SAVANNA BIRCHFIELD Avenues Supported Living Services has collected piles of donation bags in the last week. Photo by Savanna Birchfield. After having a very successful winter clothing drive, bags of...

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OSHA Safety Guidelines for Staff – Updated 12/11/20

OSHA Safety Guidelines for Staff – Updated 12/11/20

  California Occupational Safety & Health Standards (OSHA) General Industry Safety Orders and how they apply to your work within Avenues SLS • When you feel sick, and/or have COVID-19 symptoms, PLEASE try to find coverage for your shift, notify your...

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Donate For #Giving Tuesday

Join us today by donating to Avenues Supported Living Services as we promote #givingtuesday this November 19, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Avenues SLS continues to have funding issues including unfunded increases of the minimum wage, health insurance, worker's...

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Melanie’s Volunteer Work

This is Melanie. Melanie has been with Avenues Supported Living Services for over 22 years. She loves helping the community. Melanie volunteers throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. Melanie helps out at The SCV Food Pantry weekly. There she organizes donated food and...

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Janelle’s life has not been an easy one.

Janelle’s life has not been an easy one.

 "Inspirational Story"  https://binkd.co/gE1zT Janelle’s life has not been an easy one.  Abandoned at an orphanage in Seoul, Korea at the age of 3 months, Janelle was adopted by SCV residents when she was about one year old. She came to her new home mal-nourished,...

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Steve is a Happy Volunteer

Meet Steve, Steve has been with Avenues SLS for 23 years. He loves to volunteer in the community and brighten a person’s day with his infectious laugh. Every Tuesday, Steve happily buys three dozen roses using his own money and then goes to the local SCV convalescent...

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Ronda Michaelson

Ronda Michaelson

Throughout her 70 plus years, Ronda has persevered, sometimes in spite of all the support professionals with good intentions. Ronda’s story is similar to that of many senior adults labeled with intellectual and developmental disability; however, her drive to be independent, along with the evolution of positive behavior support, self-determination, and person-centered…

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Jose Perez

Jose Perez

You aren’t always happy when you get the things you want. Jose taught me that. When Jose got something without working for it or buying it with his own money, he would become irritable, demand more, and often ended up selling the items that he got. There’s more to life than “stuff”. Relationships are better than stuff. Jose taught me that too.

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Toby Bazan

Toby Bazan

Valued roles and friendships within the community provide each person with the best opportunity to achieve the good things in life. (Ramsey, 2007, pg. 9). As family members, friends, service providers and support staff, we can strive to do this “by placing greater emphasis upon the importance of social contribution, intentional relationship facilitation, valued roles…

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The State of Avenues During COVID-19

The State of Avenues During COVID-19

How do you talk about COVID-19 to people with intellectual disabilities? Ben Drew, Open Future Learning Coronavirus is changing people’s lives dramatically. People can no longer take part in activities outside the house, meet with friends, go to work or clubs or...

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Heather Hardman – Women’s History Month 2020

Heather Hardman – Women’s History Month 2020

Heather Hardman grew up in Connecticut with her family, where she attended Belhaven school for students with autism.  In 1987, Heather and her family moved to Santa Clarita, California, after writing letters to Scott Shepard, the new Director of Jay Nolan Community...

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Dr. Jacki Anderson – Women’s History Month 2020

Dr. Jacki Anderson – Women’s History Month 2020

Dr. Jacki Anderson has been a key member of researchers and trainers who paved the development of what we now know as Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBS/PBIS). She was the Training Coordinator for the NIDRR Research and Training Center on Positive...

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Avenues Current State of Support – April 1, 2020

Avenues Current State of Support – April 1, 2020

Click on Link Below to View: Avenues Current state of support 03-22-2020 Posted April 1, 2020 - Avenues SLS is featured as contributors to the April 2020 Special Edition Newsletter:  Making Quality a Habit - Putting Person-Centered Practices to work, focusing on...

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COVID 19 – Information & Presentations To Share

COVID 19 – Information & Presentations To Share

COVID-19 Information: Click on the link below to view. COVID-19 Info to share with people we support Supporting people, their families, and the people that support them through COVID-19: A Service Provider Perspective Presentation in English: Click on the link below...

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Kathy Gee – Women’s History Month 2020

Kathy Gee – Women’s History Month 2020

Dr. Kathy Gee is a full-time, tenured Professor in the Masters of Education Special Education Teaching credentials program (MASET) at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). She coordinates the Specialist Credential in Extensive Support Needs in the Department...

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Eileen Medina – Women’s History Month 2020

Eileen Medina – Women’s History Month 2020

Eileen Medina moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1977. She began her work in special education when her 3rd child, Matthew, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. She was a staff development trainer in special education for the California Department of Education for...

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Barbara Ransom – Women’s History Month 2020

Barbara Ransom – Women’s History Month 2020

Barbara Ransom received her B.S.Ed. in 1971 with the thought that she would do what she had been born to do — be a teacher — for the rest of her life. Barbara applied her teaching credentials to almost every level of education — wisely leaving the middle school...

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Ilene Arenberg – Women’s History Month 2020

Ilene Arenberg – Women’s History Month 2020

Ilene was one of the performers in the televised Jay Nolan (JNCS) telethons which raised money to fund initial services for Jay Nolan in the early 1980s. She later became one of the starting participants in that agency's residential Apartment Program in 1981. In 1988,...

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Avenues SLS 2019 Year-End Giving

Avenues SLS 2019 Year-End Giving

Now more than ever, Avenues SLS needs to fill the gaps in funding that the state is not covering. With no rate increases from California since 2016, all of our state revenue goes towards wages for our instructional coaches. Your donation in any amount will help...

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Ronda Michaelson – Women’s History Month 2019

Ronda Michaelson – Women’s History Month 2019

Ronda Michaelson was born in the late 1930s to a loving family, which soon included a younger brother.  She attended special schools in the L.A. area while growing up, and in 1961, her parents were one of several families who helped to start LARC Ranch in Santa...

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Cheryl Mayfield – Women’s History Month 2019

Cheryl Mayfield – Women’s History Month 2019

Cheryl Mayfield is one of the founding Board Members of Avenues SLS (since 1997), and lives in an accessible mobile home she purchased with the assistance of some housing grants.  Cheryl studied for her AA degree at LA Valley College & Mission College, wrote a...

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Lori Shepard – Women’s History Month 2019

Lori Shepard – Women’s History Month 2019

    Lori Shepard was raised with an inclusive mindset.  The concept of segregation (for any reason) has never been a consideration. She attended public schools and saw peers separated from the mainstream, but, even at a young age, did not see the value in that...

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Dr. Temple Grandin – Women’s History Month 2019

Dr. Temple Grandin – Women’s History Month 2019

Dr. Temple Grandin was born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts.  Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada,...

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Mary A. Falvey, Ph.D. – Women’s History Month 2019

Mary A. Falvey, Ph.D. – Women’s History Month 2019

Mary A. Falvey, Ph.D. Dr. Mary Falvey is an Emerita Professor from the Division of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles. She has advocated for hundreds of thousands of students with disabilities to be educated alongside their...

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Monica Sagen – Women’s History Month 2019

Monica Sagen – Women’s History Month 2019

Monica Sagen, Lori Shepard's Mother, was born prematurely in 1936 and immediately diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Well before words such as "inclusion and Supported Employment" existed, doctors told Monica's mom she would not live an hour, a day, a month, a year, five...

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June Downing – Women’s History Month 2019

June Downing – Women’s History Month 2019

June E. Downing, Ph.D., was a national leader in the field of special education who focused her expertise, time, and energy researching best practices and advocating for individuals with severe and multiple disabilities, all the while making the case for inclusion,...

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Carol Jean Shepard – Women’s History Month 2019

Carol Jean Shepard – Women’s History Month 2019

Carol Jean Shepard was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 1932 to Wright and Elsie Shepard.  Shortly after Carol was born, her parents took her to see a doctor in the "big city" of Chicago, as they did not know what Down Syndrome was.  They were told that Carol had an...

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Women’s History Month – March 2019

Women’s History Month – March 2019

March is Women's History Month! During March, AvenuesSLS.org will be spotlighting pioneers who work(ed) for the inclusion of ALL people throughout their lifespan. Historically, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been marginalized, and history...

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Introducing Community Volunteers, Javen & John

Meet Javen and John... Javen has been on the Avenues Supported Living Day Services since 2009, but moved out of his family home and into Supported Living Services slightly over two years ago. John has been with Avenues for the past 6 years. However, John met Scott...

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Meet Adrian, an SCV Volunteer

Adrian has been with Avenues Supported Living Services since 1999. Adrian is a quiet but kind individual and he loves to help wherever he can. Over the years, Adrian has found many local organizations he can give back to through volunteering. Adrian regularly...

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Valerie is an SCV Volunteer

Meet Valerie. She is a kind and loving person. Everyone she meets is her friend and she will express that emotion each time you see her. Valerie is one of Avenues regular volunteers for the Santa Clarita Valley community volunteering program. Valerie volunteers every...

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Chris’ Community & Volunteering Story

Chris, like many adults, moved into his own place with two paid roommates just before his 20th birthday. 15 years later, Chris is very active and happy, living in a house he shares with one paid roommate. He is an avid walker/runner and loves participating in 5K's on...

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Dan’s Volunteer Work

Meet Dan. He has been with Avenues Supported Living Services for over 20 years. He volunteers in the community 5 days a week. He travels an average of 150 miles each week getting to and from his volunteer destinations. Dan spends time twice a week at The Placerita...

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Avenues SLS Volunteers

Today we kick-off our year-end Volunteer giving campaign. See our new crowdfunding page by texting the word fuel to 71777 Or, you can copy and paste the link below into your browser to see all of our volunteers in action. http://bit.ly/AvenuesFuel Donations are...

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Thank You Cornhole Attendees and Sponsors

Thank You Cornhole Attendees and Sponsors

Thank you to everyone that volunteered, donated, sponsored and attended the September 8, 2018 Avenues SLS' 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament at Wolf Creek Brewery. Everyone that came to the event took home a Wintrust Mortgage printed cloth tote holding coupons, business...

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