News & Events

Complimentary Seminar… “Planning for the Future”

Join us on April 24 for FREE Practical guidance on estate planning & more!

Making Movies That Matter at New Horizons

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.

An Elegant Gala Brunch, May 21, 2017

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.

Work/Savings/SSI Benefits: What you should know

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.

2017 LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show

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!

San Fernando Valley Business Journal reports on Special Needs CEO

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.

ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News Reports: Cool Kid Juliane Martinez helps those w/ special needs at New Horizons!

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.

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.

Residential Holds Goodbye BBQ Party and Tribute to Cynthia Sewell

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.

Back By Popular Demand – The 14th Annual New Horizons Golf Classic

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!

San Fernando Valley Business Journal Names Cynthia Sewell Among 2016’s Most Influential Valley Leaders!

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.

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.

#GivingTuesday!

The movement happens Tuesday, November 29th!

A message from John D. Bunzel, Chairman of the Board, New Horizons

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.

“Born This Way” gets 3rd Season Pickup

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

Complimentary Estate Planning Seminar

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.

Family Forum – September 29th 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!”

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.

Daily News Reports: Sam’s Cafe opens for San Fernando Valley seniors

(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.

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.

Premier America Credit Union Awards New Horizons

New Horizons thanks Premier America Credit Union for recognizing us for our charitable good works.

Grand Opening – “Let’s Do Lunch”

Luau-themed event on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Sam’s Cafe!

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.

With honesty, humor and heart, A&E’s original docu-series, “Born This Way” begins its second season with fresh new episodes

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.

Buy New Horizons Cookies at VONS Tarzana!

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 Horizons Walk Fundraiser, Saturday, August 27!

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.

New Horizons is excited to offer online, pre-event bidding for this year’s silent auction!

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!

New Horizons Receives Surprise Gift from National Charity League

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 to Host a Career/Job Fair, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Horizons has job openings for those looking for a career in social services, working with individuals with special needs.

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.

CSUN Students Develop Lean Manufacturing Solutions for New Horizons

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 Partners with Vons and Pavilions to Launch Our Delicious Cookies!

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.

A Letter from John D. Bunzel, New Horizons Chairman of the Board

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!

Good news for ground breaking television show, “Born this Way”

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.

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…

Roschell Ashley Receives Nomination for SFVBJ 2016 Women In Business Awards

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.

Mission: New Horizons 13th Annual Gala Fundraiser

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.

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.

March 17, 2016 Letter by New Horizons Family Member, Lena Rivkin

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.

Jynny Retzinger 30th Legislative Breakfast to Say “Thanks”!

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.

Developmentally disabled can’t wait – by Lena Rivkin

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.

Those with developmental disabilities held hostage: Tom Lackey

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.

BOARD URGES GOVERNOR TO RESTORE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED FUNDING

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.

TV Show Featuring Young Adults With Down Syndrome To Return

More episodes are on the way for a new television show focusing on the lives of young adults with Down syndrome.

To the Editor: Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget comes up short for disabled people

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.

Governor’s proposed budget leaves healthcare, special needs advocates disappointed

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.

Free Electronic Waste Recycling Event

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.

Editorial: Brown and Legislature must step up for developmentally disabled residents

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.

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.

In California, Aid Withers For People With Developmental Disabilities

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.

Presidential Proclamation – International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2015

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.

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.

Why is There No New Money for Developmental Services?

(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.

Holiday Angels

New Horizons clients are collecting holiday gift items for teens from November 16 to December 16, 2015.

NEW HORIZONS BRINGS INSIGHT TO NEW A&E SERIES

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.

Good Neighbor Awards Winner Susan Stearns Takes Home the Award

We congratulate Susan Stearns on receiving her 2015 Realtor® Good Neighbor Award on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

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.

Honoring Gay Wane with Tree Planting

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

New Horizons 9th Annual Holiday Cheer Event!

On Monday, December 7, 2015 join us for this festive holiday concert event that has become a New Horizons tradition.

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 […]

2015 Walk Around the World Fundraiser Huge Success

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.

COALITION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS

Coalition of Service Providers

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.

Cynthia Sewell Visits Peggy Carr

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.

Halloween Dance

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!

REACH: Community Education Program

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

A message from Cynthia Sewell, New Horizons President/CEO

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.

New Horizons Walk Around the Word Festival Fundraiser

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.

Good Neighbor Awards 2015 Winner Susan Stearns

Congratulations to Susan Stearns, named 2015 Realtor® Good Neighbor Award Winner for Bringing Positive Change to New Horizons and the Community.

Reseda Ranch Home

We’re making great progress!!

GLM Travel Trainers’ Prospective Blog

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.

Green Light to Mobility and Cultural Humility

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).