Serving Adults with Developmental Disabilities Since 1954
The San Fernando Valley Association for Retarded Children, Inc. (later doing business as New Horizons) was founded in 1954 as a non-profit by parents of children with Down syndrome.
Eight classrooms were built to serve 100 children with mental retardation and other disabilities.
Expanded training classes and leased facility in Northridge for Workshop program with initial enrollment of 54 adult clients.
The State of California began educational services for children ages 3-22 with developmental disabilities.
New Horizons changed its focus to providing services for adults with special needs.
The agency changed its name to San Fernando Valley Association for the Retarded, Inc.
A 20,000 square foot workshop was completed in 1975 to serve 200 adults in a work training setting.
The first group home was opened for six young men with developmental disabilities at 15859 Parthenia Street with the support of The Questers.
Six group homes were built, providing homes for 36 adults.
The Brite Lites Theater Company was established as a dance troupe for clients with special talents in music and dance. The Brite Lites began serving as outreach ambassadors to the community.
Supported Employment program started in 1988-1989.
Sam’s Café Project, an 11,000 square foot banquet hall and professional kitchen providing food service training to clients was opened in 1990.
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded New Horizons a grant to build two new group homes.
Supported Living was launched as a pilot project, to support clients who wanted to live independently in their own homes or apartments in the community.
An endowment fund, now called New Horizons Perpetual Foundation, Inc., was established.
New Horizons received a grant from HUD to build three residential group homes, one specifically for those who needed increased medical care.
The Windows to the Future $4 million fundraising campaign was launched in 2001 to help expand client program services, facility upgrades and the endowment fund.
Job Club, Vision for Tomorrow and Pathways were initiated to provide pre-job training to clients.
Independent Living Skills program was established for clients in transition from group or family living situations to independent living.
Workshop contracts began to grow, with over $1million in goods being packaged from 2005 onward.
New Horizons adopted new strategic plan and mission statement: New Horizons empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to fulfill their dreams. Through partnerships, community education and advocacy, we create a brighter future in which our clients are accepted by, participate in, and add value to the community.
In 2012, New Horizons received a HUD Grant to develop a group home for individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Alzheimers.