The Mission of Horizons is: to create and sustain person-centered opportunities for people with special needs where they live, learn, work and play. Guiding Principles: 1) We see the whole person with a focus on competence and capacity. We specialize in finding the unexpected in people. 2) We create options based on each person’s unique needs and preferences. We promote independence and success. 3) We find solutions. We solve problems and overcome barriers. 4) We respond to the changing needs of individuals, families, and our community. 5) We build outcome-based teams, foster collaboration, cultivate professionals and celebrate accomplishments. 6) We maintain supportive environments and renew them to exceed licensing requirements and state regulations. 7) We maximize resources, embrace the challenges of creative fundraising, and exercise stewardship focused on a positive future.
Horizons was founded in 1979 as a means to provide an away-from-home camping experience for individuals with special needs. What started as a several-week long camp experience turned into a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with an annual summer camp and various year-round support services. Today, Horizons supports around 1700 people annually by focusing on each person's individual capacity and talents while also adapting to the changing needs of the individuals, their families, and the community.
Horizons has several programs and initiatives to offer support for individuals with disabilities, including Supported Employment & Options (helps to develop work skills and find employment for those transitioning out of high school), Educational Support Services (provides support for those eligible for special education), and Supported Living (assists individuals who live independently in homes or apartments).
In addition to support programs, Horizons also provides critical respite services to over 1500 children and their families through the annual summer camp and the "Weekends in the Country" initiative. Engaging, well trained instructors inspire summer campers to try and learn in new and different ways for eight weeks every summer. Horizons "Weekends in the Country" run from September to May. These action-packed weekends are filled with fun and friendship that provide similar opportunities as camp.