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Dear Family and Friends:
Over sixty years ago, New Horizons was founded by bold parents with a dream of a brighter future for their children who had Down syndrome. At that time, children with disabilities were often sheltered, kept out of sight, and had little or no opportunity for education, social interaction, or life in the community. These parents shared the same hope for their children that any parent has: to be happy, fulfilled, and find their way to live a meaningful life. Those dreams took shape first as a pre-school and school, then as a job training center, and in the late 1970’s as a residential group home to promote independent living.
At our Annual Board Installation reception held on June 28, 2017 at Sam’s Cafe, New Horizons welcome new Board Members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New Horizons thanks Premier America Credit Union for recognizing us for our charitable good works.
New Horizons has job openings for those looking for a career in social services, working with individuals with special needs.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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!!
Department of Developmental Services
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