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Dear Family and Friends:
I am pleased to share with you New Horizons’ Annual Report for fiscal year 2016.
Since 1954 New Horizons has provided programs and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And while having been in existence for all these years, we learned early on that our outstanding achievements are directly correlated to the partnerships we have established with families and friends like you. Together we have empowered those we assist with the opportunity to live independent and fulfilled lives guided by their own unique desires.
On Sat., June 10, join us at Stephanie’s Day for valuable info.
Saturday Morning, October 14, 2017, at CBS/Radford Studios. Join us!
This letter posted discusses important issues behind AB 279. It was penned by New Horizons family and friend, Lena Rivkin; and posted in the Los Angeles Daily News on May 25, 2017.
On Wednesday, May 24, at CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC), participants in New Horizons Technology and Media Arts program joined others in the community to celebrate Mitchell Englander’s Making Movies that Matter and Short Film Festival.
Congratulations to New Horizons Board Member Christine Ward for her SFVBJ’s 2017 Women in Business awards nomination,
Wage Dilemma. Once destined for a life in institutions, many of the 280,000 individuals with developmental disorders living in California work alongside “neurotypical” individuals as employees at post offices, grocery stores, and other businesses.
Join us on April 24 for FREE Practical guidance on estate planning & more!
With all the buzz surrounding this year’s Oscar broadcast, New Horizons is excited to announce that we’ve been awarded the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual Mitchell Englander’s Making Movies that Matter (MMTM) and Short Film Festival.
Our 14th Annual Gala Celebration. Join us at Vibiana in downtown LA for a once in a lifetime experience featuring the culinary creativity of award winning Celebrity Chef Neal Fraser.
Join us on Wednesday, February 15th, as New Horizons hosts a multi-presentation event for the purpose of providing information on work, savings, and SSI Benefits.
February 18 and 19! Don’t miss the BIGGEST Baking and Pastry Convention on the West Coast this year will feature New Horizons Cookies in its Exhibit Hall!
Cynthia Sewell, long-time leader at New Horizons for the developmentally disabled, retired last month.
By Helen Floersh Monday, January 9, 2017
For the past 40 years, Cynthia Sewell has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life for those with intellectual disabilities.
We know we have the best volunteers, now the community knows, too! ABC-TV’s Eyewitness News visited our campus on Wednesday, January 4, to do a story on a high school volunteer that’s making a difference.
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.
With New Horizons President and CEO Cynthia Sewell retiring on December 31, 2016, and then assuming a consult role throughout 2017, our Residential Services program wanted to take the time to wish her well with a very well attended BBQ on Sunday, November 20, 2016.
On Monday, February 27, 2017, make plans to join us on the greens at MountainGate Country Club for a fun day filled with golf, plus lots more!
On November 14, 2016 the San Fernando Valley Business Journal published a beautiful piece on the Valley’s 200 most influential Leaders in the San Fernando, Conejo, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valleys.
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.
The movement happens Tuesday, November 29th!
In April of this year, our CEO, Cynthia Sewell, announced her retirement as of December 31, 2016, after a long and illustrious career. In July, The Board of Directors began a robust strategic assessment process to review all of the strategic options facing us, so we can continue to provide quality programs and services for our consumers now and in the future.
After winning the 2016 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series, A&E Network’s critically–acclaimed docuseries “Born This Way” has been picked up for a third season
RSVP today for a COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR on estate planning, presented by New Horizons on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Sam’s Cafe.
Join us for one of two very important Family Forums at New Horizons’ Sam’s Cafe and come hear about “Choice Through Discovery!”
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.
(8/31/16) Nancy Jan once had a dream job working at Sam’s Cafe until statewide budget cuts stripped the New Horizons food service training program for special needs adults of its funding.
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 thanks Premier America Credit Union for recognizing us for our charitable good works.
Luau-themed event on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Sam’s Cafe!
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.
Now airing every Tuesday night on the A&E Network at 10pm/9pm Central, the series on which New Horizons is proud to consultant highlights the outgoing personalities and amazing abilities of seven young adults born with Down syndrome.
Just a reminder that our cookies can be purchased at VONS Tarzana. Stop by 18439 Ventura Blvd in Tarzana and pick up a package or two.
New location with old friends, our 9th Annual On the Horizon Walk Fundraiser plans to be better than ever. Registration begins July 15 with a $35 per person donation.
The online auction will opened on Saturday, June 18th at 12:00 PM and bidding will continue throughout the Gala on June 25th, 2016 till 9:30PM!
On Saturday, June 4, 2016, about 40 National Charity League (NCL) members, a group made up of mother and daughter volunteers, participated in the annual Philanthropy Orientation Day. Lead by chapter liaison to New Horizons, Ms. Terri Zaelke, the organization presented New Horizons with a $25,000 check for the renovation of Sam’s Cafe’s bathrooms.
New Horizons has job openings for those looking for a career in social services, working with individuals with special needs.
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.
This spring, students in professor Shereazad Jimmy Gandhi’s manufacturing systems engineering class MSE507 benefited from a special partnership between the nonprofit organization New Horizons and California State University, Northridge’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.
New Horizons will begin selling our delicious and freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookies, now known as New Horizons Cookies, at two local supermarkets on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 with a special pre-launch display.
Dear New Horizons Friends and Family:
After 28 years of service at New Horizons, Cynthia Sewell (Kawa), our President/CEO, will be retiring, as of December 31, 2016. Please join me in congratulating her!
A documentary series following the lives of young people with Down syndrome is getting a special honor from the people behind the Emmy Awards.
The A&E Network series “Born This Way” is one of six shows named to the Television Academy Honors.
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 is proud to recognize Chief Operating Officer Roschell Ashley for being honored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as a woman in business because of her outstanding achievements in the business community.
Galpin Motors presents… 13th Annual Gala Fundraiser, Mission: New Horizons! Save the Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 7pm to 10 pm enjoy dinner under the wings of the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
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.
It is immensely gratifying to see that, as Margaret Mead once said, even a small group of people fighting for what they believe in can, in fact, create positive change.
Please call 818-778-4405 to join North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) and its co-sponsors, the Los Angeles Coalition of Service Providers on Friday, April 8, 2016, as they say “Thank You!” to our legislative officials for supporting the Managed Care Organization (MC) Tax reform bill linked to the $300 million in developmental services funding.
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.
While Gov. Jerry Brown stresses saving funds for a “rainy day,” while his political coffers brim with millions of dollars to fight for causes he deems worthy, funding for California’s most vulnerable citizens remains woefully low.
In politics, it’s not unusual to see one group’s priorities held hostage in order to leverage something else. What is unusual is that California is holding individuals with developmental disabilities — and funding on which they rely — as a hostage for an unrelated tax on health insurance plans.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich urging State legislative leaders to address the pressing needs of the more than 80,000 residents who are developmentally disabled.
More episodes are on the way for a new television show focusing on the lives of young adults with Down syndrome.
While Gov. Jerry Brown has budgeted a 1.4% increase in aid to the needs of our indigent and disabled, I am among the many disappointed Californians who has a personal mandate to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday handed what health care advocates and supporters of people with special needs called a status quo budget proposal for the next fiscal year, with no new investments or restoration of funding to programs that help California’s most vulnerable.
On Saturday, February 27, from 9am to 2pm, New Horizons and our friends at Anheuser Busch will once again join together and offer FREE drive through/drop off recycling of any electronic item that plugs in or uses batteries.
Appalling doesn’t even begin to describe the failure of Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature to adequately fund services for California’s nearly 290,000 developmentally disabled people.
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.
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.
Surrounded by stacks of packages in a brightly lit room, Michael Palone gingerly folded a box and taped it shut. His eyes averted, he shuffled to the front of the warehouse to retrieve scissors, skirting by people and tables in his path.
The United States has long been a leading voice for the rights of persons with disabilities, and we join the international community in expressing our support for them in all they do and in recognizing them as the valuable members of society that they are.
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.
(LA Daily News – 11/19/2015) Gov. Jerry Brown’s refusal to restore developmental funding that was slashed during the Great Recession looks more and more Scrooge-like as the state revenue surplus grows.
New Horizons clients are collecting holiday gift items for teens from November 16 to December 16, 2015.
New Horizons is proud to announce its involvement with A&E Network’s new ground breaking original docu-series “Born This Way,” featuring seven young people with Down syndrome.
We congratulate Susan Stearns on receiving her 2015 Realtor® Good Neighbor Award on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
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.
New Horizons honored Gay Wane with the planting of a tree on the agency’s North Hills Campus.
The small ceremony, which benefited from a beautiful Southern California day, was
On Monday, December 7, 2015 join us for this festive holiday concert event that has become a New Horizons tradition.
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.
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 […]
On October 25, 2015 New Horizons welcomed friends and family to the North Hills campus for our 8th annual walk event. After being led in the Pledge of Allegiance by New Horizons client and Toastmaster Elizabeth Marton, walkers, who wore cool green tee-shirts, walked some 15 laps around New Horizons’ Workshop and Achievement Center buildings. Together they proved that wherever in the world we are, we can raise money to provide job training, homes, and confidence to people with special needs to help them fulfill their dreams and live better, more independent lives.
For nearly seven years, CEO Cynthia Sewell has been a co-convener of the Coalition of Service Providers. Involved are the following organizations: Villa Esperanza Services, ECF, Ability First, Tierra del Sol, UCP, Lincoln Training Center, Valley Village, Easter Seals, Jay Nolan, Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind, CLIMB, Pathpoint, Hope House, The Arc – Los Angeles & Orange Counties, The Arc – Ventura County, and TASC (THE Adult Skills Center). These are among the provider leaders in Southern California. The purpose of the Coalition is to advocate for the programs and services for persons with intellectual and other disabilities.
New Horizons President/CEO Cynthia Sewell pays a visit to our dear friend and donor Peggy Carr at her home in Henderson, Nevada on September 29.
October 16, 2015, come join the fun! 15725 Parthenia St., North Hills CA 91343 — doors open 5:45pm admission $5.00. Spaghetti and Meat Balls, Garlic Bread, Side Salad, Dessert and Drink. Dance to the music of DJ Sonic — don’t forget your costumes!
Presented by New Horizons Achievement Center
Our 2015 FREE Community Burn Prevention Series, at New Horizons’ Sam’s Café
15725 Parthenia Street, North Hills, CA 91343
3:00pm—4pm, Thursday, November 12
I would like to thank all of you who advocated on behalf of a 10% increase in rates for service providers who work with individuals with special needs. This follow years of reduced and frozen government funding and the threat of looming costs that will be incurred from successive increases in the State and City of Los Angeles minimum wage.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2015 you’re invited to start taking a virtual stroll around the world with a fundraising goal to raise money by the mile until you reach the destination of your choice.
Congratulations to Susan Stearns, named 2015 Realtor® Good Neighbor Award Winner for Bringing Positive Change to New Horizons and the Community.
We’re making great progress!!
I believe travel training empowers independence in individuals. It gives people confidence, pride, and the power to be self-sufficient. I valued every second of my time at New Horizons, and I know that when I earn my MSW degree in Spring 2015, I will carry the mission, vision, and values of New Horizons and Greenlight to Mobility program with me wherever I go.
New Horizons’ Green Light to Mobility (GLM) Program takes a new focus on diversity training, called Cultural Humility. Cultural Humility, as described by Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia and Dr. Melanie Tervalon, is the lifelong process of self-reflection, awareness and critique; simply put, it is the “careful consideration of a person’s assumptions and beliefs, which are embedded in their understanding and interactions with [another person]” (California Health Advocates, 2007).