Stories

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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