The Warrior Gateway Project (www.warriorgateway.org) is a non-profit program designed to promote easier reintegration into home communities for military personnel. It establishes a single capability that serves as a trusted and reliable resource for the military community to quickly locate service organizations that satisfy their needs, identify academic programs they're interested in and easily find employers seeking their valuable skills, while enabling improvements in the service provider sector through metrics and collaboration.
Warrior Gateway is intended to help eliminate information barriers and information overload. It provides one central location for offering needed resources to the military community, free of charge.
In an effort to continuously enhance its website and the valuable resources it provides, Warrior Gateway commissioned Avalon and its partner, MarkLogic, to host a "Code Bash" to develop new features for integration into the site. Held at Avalon's Washington DC office, the "Bash" was a weekend-long event where a blended team of developers volunteered their time day and night to create new solutions to be rolled into the Warrior Gateway portal.
Some of the new features to come out of the event include a FaceBook log-in and authentication, an image upload capability for service providers, a search widget and email invitations. The development of enhanced features such as these helps users more readily locate service organizations that suit their needs and connect with other members of the military community to draw on the experiences of their fellow servicemen and women and their families.
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship (www.manegait.org), an equestrian center providing equine facilitated therapy and rehabilitation, opened in the summer of 2008 to begin fulfilling its vision of enabling children and adults with disabilities to move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional, caring community.
Located in Avalon's headquarters city of McKinney, TX, ManeGait offers programs that allow for educational interactions with horses for children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities and learning differences. Its dedicated and experienced staff, and beautiful site and facilities, provide a world class experience for the patient while serving as a positive pillar of the community.
Viewing technology as an important aspect of the organization's success, founders Bill (President of Darling Homes) and Priscilla Darling, retained Avalon Consulting to develop a state-of-the-art website to help announce and market the organization's programs; educate people with disabilities, or those connected to people with disabilities, about the positive effects of therapeutic horsemanship; provide a central location for prospective and current students to download information and interact online as a community; serve as a channel for donations and fundraising awareness; and to keep the local and therapeutic riding communities abreast of the organization's strides and successes.
Avalon's services for the design and development of ManeGait's website were entirely donated. In addition, Avalon is providing pro-bono support on an ongoing basis.
Working Boys' Center
The Working Boys' Center is a religious institution located in Quito, Ecuador, committed to working boys and their families, founded with the objective of creating, developing and strengthening moral values by means of changes in attitudes and behavior, helped by programs of formation and social assistance.
The Center's goal is that the families of the working boys will be united in their Christian commitment, be financially independent, have access to education, health and quality basic services; become agents of change, oriented to the construction of a just society that promotes equal participation and respect for fundamental rights.
The Working Boys Center has been contributing to the social welfare of the Quito community since the early 1960's when Father John Halligan and Sister Miguel Conway founded the Center in an attic and began providing meals, education and health services to 200 shoeshine boys.
Avalon's services for the redesign the Center's public facing website (www.workingboyscenter.org) were entirely donated. The new site strives to better increase awareness of the Center's growing efforts in the local community, promote charitable donations, and encourage volunteer participation by providing a more engaging look and feel, intuitive navigation and comprehensive story.