Entries by New Horizons

A New Year Message from Interim CEO, Roschell Ashley

Dear Family and Friends,

I want to take a moment during these first few days of 2017 to express how truly excited I am for New Horizons and our clients as we enter into a brand new year!

As we set our sights on all the possibilities which promise to provide even greater independence and inclusion for the over 1600 individuals we support each year, we celebrate the fact that our programs and services are stronger than ever. Whether on our North Hills campus or at different locations within the community, our ability to bring living, working, and learning opportunities to those with special needs is what New Horizons’ mission is all about. We look forward to continuing to work with our clients in this way. We also look forward to continuing to partner with you through your generous donations and support of our annual events.

Holiday Cheer!

Santa Clause comes to New Horizons on Monday, December 5, 2016. This holiday season, join us for New Horizons’ annual holiday concert featuring music and dance.

A&E’s “Born This Way” Receives the Emmy!

Hollywood is talking about it — this weekend, for the first time ever, a series starring a cast with disabilities has won an Emmy Award. “Born This Way,” which is in its second season on A&E, won for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series beating out five other series including previous winners Deadliest Catch and Intervention.

Candidates Forum

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) and the LA Coalition of Service Providers invites you to come learn about the issues before you vote in November.

New Horizons Summer Appeal

Five Thousand Thirty-Five. That is the number of donors who made gifts to us over the past ten years. Today, we ask each and every one of you reading this letter to either renew with a generous gift or join us with a first gift and consider yourself a valued New Horizons Champion.

The LA Daily News Reports: New Horizons strikes sweet cookie deal with Vons, Pavilions

Daily News Article (5/13/16) – They’ve cooked up a sweet idea for raising money at New Horizons, the North Hills-based non-profit that helps individuals with special needs.

The agency’s clients, who have been baking New Horizons chocolate chip cookies for years, are now selling them at the Vons store at 18439 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana and its sister Pavilions store at 6543 Platt Ave. in West Hills.

DOVIA-LA highlights one of our own!

In their April 2016 newsletter eblast, DOVIA-LA highlighted member Shade Mokuolu. Shade is the treasurer on the DOVIA-LA Board. She is currently the Development Coordinator for New Horizons and has lead volunteers for over two decades in various roles. She is very excited to be part of DOVIA-LA and has gained valuable information that she can utilize in her professional work. To read her Q&A…

New Horizons Makes the Move Towards Safety

Perhaps you’ve noticed certain changes happening around campus. Our “welcome station” manned by campus monitor Edgardo De La Rosa is located at our west gate entrance. Just steps away from the Administrative Annex building, it is one of the many additions that make our organization a safer place for our staff, consumers and guests.

This photo was taken on Friday, January 29, 2016, as New Horizons Brite Lites visited Disneyland! This trip was made possible by Spectrolab employees who presented the tickets to the musical group at their annual holiday event.

Born This Way: Millennials with Down syndrome the focus of new reality show

Sean, 21, is a self-professed lady’s man. John, 28, is a rap artist. Megan, 22, was a high school cheerleader hoping to get her break as a producer in Los Angeles.

They are three young adults among a group of seven whose wants and needs mirror those of millennials far and wide: to go out and date, to be independent, to find meaning in their jobs, to look pretty and to feel wanted.

A Public Statement from the Los Angeles Coalition of Service Providers Supporting State-Wide Rallies

On December 10th all across California people with developmental disabilities will be in the streets and in public meeting spaces along with their families, friends and those who serve them. This date was circled long ago for rallies to bring greater public attention to the plight of nearly 300,000 of California’s most vulnerable citizens.

Upcoming Speak for Justice – Rallies and Hearings

The money is there – will you be? Last week, the Legislature’s in-house analysts released report California’s finances are looking better than ever. In a year and a half, we’ll have over $11 billion in reserves. To see our system tap into that, we need to get the Governor’s support – and ensure we aren’t included in threatened cuts of over a billion dollars.

New Horizons Employee Scott Jones Receives 2015’s “The La Rocca Award”

Each year the Sunair Children’s Foundation recognizes an employee of a non-profit organization for their dedication to the cause of children and young people, by presenting him or her with a $500 cash award know as “The La Rocca Award.” This year Scott Jones, a member of New Horizons staff, is this the proud recipient of such an honor. Scott has been employed by New Horizons since 2012. He currently works in the agency’s Employment Services Department as a Pathways instructor where he councils individuals with special needs, between the ages of 18 and 22, on how to secure meaningful work within the community.

LA Daily News: Bill would yield needed funding increase for developmental services

In August, when the Legislature’s special session on health care and developmental services was in still in session, we criticized Democratic leaders for not bringing forward good bills by their Republican colleagues. Now, with more than two months of hindsight under our belts, that obviously partisan inaction looks even worse. If Senate Bill X2-4, by Republicans Jim Nielsen and Jeff Stone, had passed and been signed into law, it would be well on the way to producing the desperately needed 10 percent increase in funding for developmental services that the Lanterman Coalition sought in the 2015-16 budget. Instead, Gov. Jerry Brown stiffed the developmental community in the regular budget process and punted to a special session, which has produced nothing.

New Horizons Welcomes Halloween Trick or Treaters

In the spirit of the season New Horizons welcomed little princesses and tiny superheroes to its North Hills Campus today.  In what has become an annual tradition, both clients and staff alike handed out candy to children from the local day care center.  And with smiles all around the little tikes enjoyed a “sweet” send […]