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


Hello Friends,

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.

Here at New Horizons, in wonderful Southern California, Summer tends to start out with a weather pattern known as “June Gloom.” The days are cloudy overcast. But once this passes, the temperature begins to rise, and we set out in search of Summertime fun. Longer days and the heat that comes with them inspire us to get out, shake things up, and live our best life. This tradition holds true for our Members as well.

These days our Members have been having a great time exploring the city. Accompanied by NH Direct Support Professional staff (our heroes!), they’ve ventured out to such places as the Getty Museum, Balboa Park, and the Griffith Observatory. One of their photo captions that was posted on social media read, “life is all about having a good time.” How true is that?!

Speaking of having a good time…I had a ball at this year’s Gala, and if the dancing under the stars is any indication, our guests had a great time too. For those who attended our June 10th event, thank you!  We celebrated a night of nostalgia at our North Hills campus for the third consecutive year. And for the record, this gala was without a doubt the best one yet!  It was a tremendous success, with money raised and relationships made all to support programs such as our Employment Services growth and our recently launched College to Career and More program. In hosting you, our stakeholders, friends and family, at such a fun event, we kept a seasonal tradition going. But we couldn’t have done it without your support; by helping us to fulfill our mission, you’ve helped us change lives.

This is my personal thank you for your unwavering support.  It comes with a request that you have a wonderful start to your Summer. Make a plan, buy the ticket, call your Aunt Bessie, and leave no room for gloom.  There’s too much to be happy about.

Cheers to you!