A Message from
President/CEO Cynthia Sewell
(June 26, 2015)
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)
New 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 blister
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)
New Horizons thanks Wells Fargo for their $35,000 support
of programs and services benefitting people with special needs in FY 2015.
May Revise has been released...
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!
Thank You Anheuser-Busch!
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.
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)
New 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
for caregivers of members of a Los Angeles Regional Center.
WHERE: Antelope Valley Courthouse
42011 4th St. West (Rm 3700)
Lancaster, CA 93534
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
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.
Wenesday, August 19 - AMERICAN RED CROSS PUPPET SHOW!
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!
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 email@example.com
for your next upcoming event!
** We also have a banquet facility for your next big event.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special session = special effort
We have been heard, and won't be
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.
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
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
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 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.