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Cynthia Sewell 2014-2015A Message from
President/CEO Cynthia Sewell

(June 26, 2015)

Dear Friend:

Today, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) met with the Staff Leadership Team and Board Chairman John Bunzel to announce their findings of a three day recertification audit of our workshop, supported employment, achievement center, and new direct job placement services.

Stan Keepes, CARF Administrative surveyor, said that we should not be dismayed at so few recommendations for improvement.  He noted that the fact that the organization was so well prepared demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in order to keep pace with CARF’s rigorous standards. (to read more, click here)

Daily NewsNew Horizons Makes Budget Cut News!

Developmentally disabled to lose programs if California budget remains stagnant - by Susan Abrams, Los Angeles Daily News, June 9, 2015

The workshop where Destry Walker has been employed for 20 years swells with the sound of trainees who assemble boxes, operate blisterDestry and Daily News machines that seal Res-Q-Me keychains in plastic and pack loose can dies into small bags.

For Walker, the workshop is where he has learned to become a leader and an advocate, where he earns a paycheck and likes the feeling of being an independent man.

Without the work program, he said, he’d live a life between four walls and little else.

“I love my job,” the 50-year-old man said one recent day. “It’s like a second home.” (click here to read more)

Wells Fargo Donation


New Horizons thanks Wells Fargo for their $35,000 support of programs and services benefitting people with special needs in FY 2015.

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The May Revise has been released...

NO new funding, NO budget reform!

Governor Brown's updated Budget (called the "May Revise") does not include the Lanterman Coalition's Budget request. We must act now to fight this outrageous failure to recognize our system's crisis. Our services, our supports, and our lives are on the line.

Between NOW and 5pm Wednesday, May 20th, we need you to call, fax, tweet, and send Facebook messages to key legislative leaders and tell why it is critically important for them to support the Lanterman Coalition's Budget position. Our system's continued existence is on the line. If we can't convince them, we all face another year of grievously inadequate funding. That means more programs will close. And the threat to the lives of people with developmental disabilities will loom even larger.

With mere days for you to act, we desperately need you to contact those key legislators and tell them "#KeepThePromise!" Our programs, our homes, our jobs, and our lives are in their hands. This can be done by phone, twitter, and just showing up!  Three important things you can do RIGHT NOW!


Our Reseda Ranch Home is starting to take form... So exciting!

Reseda Ranch  House 1


Thank You Anheuser-Busch!

A-B Forklift

Luis Cayo, Business Manager, Margaret Drust, Senior People Manager, and Kurt Peter, Engineering Manager (and New Horizons Board Member) from Van Nuys Anheuser-Busch Brewery were at New Horizons on Friday, May 1, to present a $10,000 check to New Horizons Board Chairman John D. Bunzel and President/CEO Cynthia Sewell. Also pictured in this album is the forklift donated by Anheuser-Busch and a few clients from the Workshop where it will be used.

New Horizons has enjoyed a 25 year relationship with Anheuser-Busch and is very grateful for their many years of support!


New Horizons' 13th Home Groundbreaking Ceremony

(3/27/15) Today we broke ground on our Reseda Ranch home.  It's being built for individuals with special needs who have also been diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's disease.

Reseda Ranch Groundbreaking

click here to see more! 


chicER Editorial: State must improve on services for developmentally disabled -
Note-- please share this editorial on your Facebook Pages and on the Facebook Pages of family, friends, State Legislatures, Assemblymembers and the Govenor.  

California’s community of individuals with developmental disabilities is in crisis, but few outside that community are aware of it. That needs to change quickly, before things get even worse.

Support for the state’s roughly 280,000 developmentally disabled individuals has declined to such a state that some are no longer receiving levels of service that are mandated federally, much less what a civilized society owes its most vulnerable members. The decline is wrenching not only for those individuals, but for their loved ones and those who help care for them and support them. (to read more click here)


amazon smileNew Horizons has joined AmazonSmile just in time for the  Holidays! 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

How it works:
 On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you'll need to select New Horizons as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

So don't forget us today on Cyber Monday, and especially throughout the holiday shopping season to shop for great deals at AmazonSmile, where at the same time you can do something good for the New Horizons and the clients we serve!


FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE on Conservatorships  Bet TZ
for caregivers of members of a Los Angeles Regional Center.
WHERE: Antelope Valley Courthouse
42011 4th St. West (Rm 3700)
Lancaster, CA 93534
WHEN: Fridays
10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Click here for more information.



New Horizons Receives CARF's Highest Rating
(8/29/12) - New Horizons received a 3 year accreditation (the highest level) by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Read More

Upcoming Events 


Our 2015 FREE Community Burn Prevention Series
co-sponsored by Grossman Burn Foundation and the Fireman's Fund.

New Horizons’ Sam’s Café
15725 Parthenia Street,
North Hills, CA 91343

*Free giveaways at each event*
See dates and subjects below

Thursday, July 16 - COOKING SAFETY I: Appliance safety; stovetop, oven, and microwave safety.

A New Horizons favorite - Come and be entertained and learn more about being prepared for emergencies.

Thursday, September 17 - COOKING SAFETY 2: Appliance safety, fall prevention and outdoor cooking safety.

Thursday, November 12 - SCALDS AND BATH SAFETY: Checking the hot water heater, bath temperature, and safety measures in the bathroom.

New Horizons Now Has Meeting Space Available for Rent! 

meeting room 2

New Horizons has meeting rooms available for evenings and weekends which are ideal for: counseling professionals, educational classes, recreation programs and service clubs. Amenities include: 400 square ft. rooms, Wi-Fi, flat screen monitors, air conditioning, FREE parking, gated fence and security. Prices start at $75.00.  For more information contact Aida Velasco at 818-894-0582 or avelasco@newhorizons-sfv.org for your next upcoming event!

** We also have a banquet facility for your next big event. 

Your Rights
Under Title VI

New Horizons operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin, religion, sex, disability (physical or mental), age, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, AIDs/HIV status, medical condition, political views or affiliations in accordance with Title VI Civil Rights Act.  Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with New Horizons.

For more information on New Horizons’ civil rights program and the procedures to file a complaint, please contact Human Resources Director at 818-894-9301, or visit our administrative office at 15725 Parthenia Street, North Hills, CA 91343 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filling a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590. Title VI is also available in Spanish, Armenian, and Tagolog.  If information is needed in another language, contact 800-555-1212.



Everyday Heroes!

At New Horizons we honor the ordinary people who accomplish the extraordinary through volunteer service and who motivate others to
follow their lead.

If you're interested and have the time to become a volunteer at New Horizons, contact Shade Mokuolu at 818-221-0651 or smokuolu@newhorizons-sfv.org.
Thank you!

Golf Volunteers



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Special session = special effort

We have been heard, and won't be silent again!

As we head into summer, there's one place that's going to feel more heat than anywhere else in the state - The Capitol. After the Legislature passed a Budget with a modest increase for our system, they immediately blinked in a stare-down with the Governor. That means no 10% increase, and a thin promise to do something about the way our system is funded. What we did get is a "special session." [watch the 40-minute video of the Senate discussing it.]

We are absolutely unwilling to back down in our demands - demands that our system be saved, that services be properly funded, and that the lives of people with developmental disabilities be treated as lives with value. We will not be made into a bargaining chip. We will not be ignored. And we will not stop until they #KeepThePromise!

How do you do this? You need to keep your connection with your representatives alive. Have you met them yet? Start by identifying your representatives. If they haven't heard from you, they should! Build connections - because that's what turns us from Budget line items into real people. We've compiled some helpful information from the Lanterman Coalition to get you going!

Advocacy matters. In the past week, your voices rang out across the state.

  • In Sacramento, the Associated Press, via SF Gate, reported on the rallies. The Budget "was a deep snub to people with disabilities and those who care for them." Capitol Public Radio was also there. "Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year's California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday." KCRA (Sacramento-NBC) came, too!
  • The San Francisco Chronicle described our community as being "...angry after additional funding for services was left out of the $115.4 billion deal."
  • In Whittier, a rally (w/ photos) raised attention at City Hall.
  • Protests in Oakland drew crowds, as this photoset shows!
  • KUSI covered protests in San Diego, and the San Diego Union-Tribune had a photo spread.
  • And hundreds of people came out to San Francisco, San Jose (25-min video), and Los Angeles to show their support as well.

The result? Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins realized they had to respond. In a joint press release, they affirmed that "our commitment has not changed, only the venue."

Now, the LA Daily News and Torrance Daily Breeze (LA News Group), in an editorial on the special session, are standing with us. "Legislators, you have the opportunity to improve the lives of 280,000 vulnerable Californians, plus the millions who love them, care for them and guide their development. Do not fumble this chance." The Contra Costa Times also points out that "there's a great opportunity now for Sacramento to solve the system's problems."

What's so special about special sessions?*

Called by Governor Brown, the 2nd Extraordinary Session will focus on funding for a variety of programs, possibly based on a new tax on managed care organizations (MCOs, better known as health insurance companies). Creating this potential "MCO tax" will be a serious challenge. There are other possible ways of securing the funding and reform we need, but regardless of the method, if it happens this year, it'll be in this special session.

Special sessions are very similar to the normal legislative process. Bills have to be introduced, heard in committees, and voted on. Bills will be titled "SBX2" and "ABX2," meaning "Senate/Assembly Bill in Extraordinary Session #2," and followed by a number. Some deadlines and other rules don't apply, and all the work has to be focused on the topic of the session as described by Governor Brown. But otherwise, it looks a lot like the usual process! This means we'll have legislators to talk to - both in Sacramento and in their districts - about how important it is that they #KeepThePromise. It means there will be hearings on bills for us to testify at. And it means we'll be reaching out to you - the people whose voices were heard around the state.


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