A Message from John C. Brauer – Feb 2024

Can I count on you to help advocate for our staff and Members?… A new year sometimes brings new challenges.

A Holiday Message from John C. Brauer, M.A., President & CEO – Dec 2023

Sending Shoshin Wishes to You and Yours!… My holiday wish is that you are able to find time to do the things you love and that bring you joy, peace and renewal.

A Message from JOHN C. BRAUER, M.A. President and CEO – Oct 2023

Fall seems like the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and rejoice the many positives in our lives.

A Message from John C. Brauer, M.A. President and CEO – July 2023

As these Summer days blaze on and we focus on whatever will help us beat the heat, I want to bring to your attention some things that will warm your heart in a good way.

John C. Brauer, M.A. President and CEO – June 2023 Newsletter

As we head deep into the days of Summer, I’d like to go on record as saying how very grateful I am for the passage of seasons. It brings anticipation of renewal and good times ahead.

A Message from JOHN C. BRAUER, M.A. President and CEO – May 2023

It’s May, which means it’s budget time again for both New Horizons and for the State. California Disability Services Association (CDSA), a statewide agency that provides advocacy and support to and for the disability community, reports that Governor Newsom released his May Revision to the 2023-24 state budget.

A Message from John C. Brauer, M.A., President and CEO – April 2023

There’s a lot going on both the state and national level related to the disability field.

A Message From JOHN C. BRAUER, M.A. President and CEO – March 2023

Every year during the month of March we join with so many others to recognize National Disabilities Awareness month in the hopes of raising awareness about individuals with developmental disabilities who engage in all facets of community life.

A Message From JOHN C. BRAUER, M.A. President and CEO – Feb 2023

I’m pleased to report that New Horizons met all the noted milestones for compliance with HCBS’s Final Rule.

A Message from John C. Brauer, M.A. President and CEO – Jan 2023

A new year is a time to regroup, re-engage and to set the stage for the year ahead. We’re excited and ready to do just that!

A Message from John C. Brauer, M.A. President and CEO – Oct 2022

Greetings Family and Friends!

As they say in the South, it’s fall, ya’ll! With the advent of Fall and the changing of the season, I can’t think of a better time to be thankful as we head into the coming months.

A Message From John C. Brauer, M.A., President and CEO – Aug 2022

In our Aug 2022 Newsletter, New Horizons CEO talks about exciting changes and opportunities at the agency.

A Message From JOHN C. BRAUER, M.A. President and CEO – July 2022

In our July 2022 Newsletter, New Horizons CEO talks about where we are and where we’re going.

A Message from John C. Brauer, M.A. President and CEO – Jan 2022

New Horizons has received full three-year accreditation from CARF!

John C. Brauer – Nov 2021

Thanksgiving is always a good reminder to take a moment to express gratitude to those around us, especially to those who make the world brighter through their acts of kindness and compassion.

October Newsletter Message from John C. Brauer

“Much like the change in the weather, things are changing at New Horizons as well.”

McDonald’s Gets New Employees for Labor Day

Members’ dreams come true as they secure jobs at McDonald’s, setting their sites on work and earning a real paycheck!

Donna Norum, Special Initiatives Director

Donna Norum joins the New Horizons team as a welcome addition, bringing over twenty years of non-profit experience with her!

A Message from John C. Brauer – Jan 2021 Newsletter

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,  or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” Abraham Lincoln

Partner in Hope

By becoming a Partner in Hope with a monthly donation to New Horizons, you demonstrate your support and encouragement of our members as they advance toward their goals and dreams.

Yesenia’s Story – YEA

This is more than just a Year End Appeal… It’s a story of GROWING HOPE!

Planting Hope Project

We met our goal for this special project helping to prepare for the future, and bring beauty to our campus and the neighborhood.  

Thoughts and Honorable Mentions from and for Past Board Members

“My 28 years on New Horizons’ Board has given me some of the most rewarding and fulfilling moments of my life.” – Sue Weitkamp, former board member serving from 1992-2020

ADVOCACY ALERT: We Need Your Help…Two Minutes to Stop the Cuts!

CALIFORNIA BUDGET UPDATE!! California Governor Newsom has pledged to sign a new budget that eliminates ALL CUTS associated with our services for the next fiscal year! Thank you for your support!!

Safer Horizons Fund

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, we have launched the Safer Horizons Fund. Our aim is to raise our $250,000 shortfall by June 30.  If you are in a position to do so, we ask for your support for those in our care. 

A Parent’s Story in Response to COVID-19

The following letter/testimonial was addressed to John C. Brauer, M.A., New Horizons’ President and CEO, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. It expresses the heart of a father, and reflects why we do what we do… especially in times like these.

A Message from John C. Brauer, M.A. President and CEO – Feb 2020

Exciting News… thanks to a generous grant from the Windsong Foundation, New Horizons will be launching a youth program targeting young adults, assisting them to choose, get and keep employment.

ABC 7 News Featured Story on New Horizons’ GoGrocery Program

New Horizons is helping adults with disabilities train for jobs, and one program helps them get ready for at grocery store jobs.

Spectrum News 1 features GoGrocery

Spectrum News 1 features New Horizons, Albertsons/Vons grocery stores, and the CA Department of Rehabilitation partnership on GoGrocery.

Meet a Member of the Board: Glenn Baker

The ability to make an impact is what really drives me.

A Fall Message From John C. Brauer, M.A.

Dear Friends and Supporters,
As we say good bye to the not-so-lazy days of summer, I am pleased to provide you with an overview of the many happenings here at New Horizons.

New Horizons’ Employment Readiness Program Opens a New Window for Adults with Disabilities

Since August of 2018, New Horizons, located in North Hills, California, has been offering its Employment Readiness program, creating better opportunities for adults with disabilities through job skills training. This program builds curiosity and empowers individuals for the work force.

City of Los Angeles Celebrates New Horizons’ 65th Year With a Special Proclamation!

On Thursday, April 17, 2019 New Horizons proudly received a special proclamation from the City of Los Angeles  at the Los Angeles City Hall in honor of its 65th Anniversary.

A Planned Giving Story…

Be a Hero of Horizons! Written by Frieda Gockel
New Horizons…my hero.  They provide so much for my son whose disability falls on the autism spectrum.  When my son was in high school we wondered if he would ever be able to get a job.

New Horizons Holiday Angels

The holidays bring so much joy along with a desire to give in the spirit of the season. In the same way we like to give presents to others, our clients who came up with Holiday Angels feel the need to spread cheer, too.

CARF Friday Fun Day & Direct Support Professionals Week!

As this year’s Direct Support Professionals week was celebrated from September 9 through 14, New Horizons took the time to also acknowledge our staff for the amazing job they do on behalf of our clients all year long.

Making Movies that Matter – 3rd Annual

On May 30, 2018 New Horizons TMA participants premiered their award winning films at the 3rd Annual MMTM film festival.

2018 Brent Stutzman Above and Beyond Awards

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, New Horizons celebrated the very best at our annual Above and Beyond Awards Luncheon!

Gary Montgomery and Judy Vanpuyvelde Honored at New Horizons 15th Annual Gala

After nearly 3 decades, Gary Montgomery and Judy Vanpuyvelde still find joy in volunteering with New Horizons clients; as New Horizons awards them with the Dignity, Love and Compassion award. See their video by clicking “Read More” below.

New Horizons Selects John C. Brauer As CEO Following Nationwide Search

As a key element in its strategic approach to the agency’s future, the New Horizons Board of Directors has announced the appointment of John C. Brauer as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 11, 2018.

New Horizons Celebrates 25 Years of Employment at the Golden Arches!

Twenty-five years ago New Horizons’ client Rowland Woods started working at McDonald’s Restaurant. And it became a match that was made to last. He applied for the job after gaining experience in Sam’s Cafe, the agency’s culinary program and banquet hall. He still remembers the day he started.

New Horizons’ Inclusion Drives Innovation Business Breakfast

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, on October 24, 2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am in Sam’s Cafe, come hear our distinguished panel of guest speakers, and learn about the benefits of hiring experienced and energetic employees with diverse abilities. #NDEAM

Assembly Bill 279

Dear Supporters of AB 279:

We worked as hard as we could to educate and persuade our legislature to pass AB279. But, ultimately, the Senate Appropriations Committee capitulated to a very powerful Governor who declared that he would not allow AB279 to become law.

“Making Movies that Matter” Takes the Next Step – Distribution and Promotion Contest!

Watch our films all Summer long on YouTube, and help us meet and win the contest! The Winner is calculated by the number of repeated views each film gets. We’re competing against 100 films. Help us be a winner!! We’re counting on you!!! Read more and view movies.

New Horizons Named a 2017 California NonProfit of the Year!

Thanks to a nomination by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-46), on Wednesday, June 28th, New Horizons was named a 2017 California Non Profit of the Year as part of California Nonprofits Day.

New Horizons 2016 Annual Report Published!

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.

New Horizons Technology and Media Arts Consumers Celebrate Making Movies!

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.

New Horizons’ Board Member and Friend Recognized by SFVBJ!

Congratulations to New Horizons Board Member Christine Ward for her SFVBJ’s 2017 Women in Business awards nomination,

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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

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.

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.