Horizon House would like to thank the sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who generously donated your time and money to make the 26th annual golf outing, held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club an incredible success. Because of your wonderful generosity, our fundraising goal of $115,000.00 was exceeded.
The marvelous day on the course was followed by the incredible story told by Frank, a recipient of Horizon House services, and the hilarious impressions of Philly’s own radio personality and comedian, Joe Conklin.
While some golfers walked away with bragging rights for next year, we all left knowing that our mission to improve the lives of the men and women we serve is being accomplished.
Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Beach Raffle! As you may already know, 100 percent of the money from each and every raffle ticket sale directly supports the people served by Horizon House.
We want to sincerely thank our amazing raffle sponsor for their generous donation as well. Thank you for helping support the important work Horizon House does to help change so many lives in our community.
A new chapter for Horizon House began on Friday, February 16 with the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the future home of our headquarters at New Market West. Governor Tom Wolf, state and local leaders, and various local stakeholders gathered at 59th and Market Sts., Horizon House’s new site.
During his speech, Governor Wolf commented, “This project will turn a vacant lot into a centerpiece of this community – giving our families a place to get access to critical services. The strength of this project is the partnerships between groups that will bring much-needed services – I am proud that the commonwealth has invested in the New Market West project.” The project will be partially funded by the state’s $5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program investment and $10.5 million in tax credits.
While 30th Street has served as the cornerstone of our Agency since its purchase in 1986, the neighborhood around us continues to change. With our service system’s moving to a more local community focus, we have entered into a partnership with Mission First Housing, an expert at identifying opportunities for arranging complex financing needed to support development and construction.
The benefits of this new location are that we will be staying in West Philadelphia in a newly designed and constructed site with easy access to public transportation, and it positions us in a community that we anticipate will be revitalized by our presence. It will also allow us to continue our current operations with staff and participants because the Market-Frankford El stops at 60th St. – a few yards from the new Horizon House building.
Speaking during the ceremony, Jeff, President and CEO of Horizon House, said, “We were looking for a community to move into, a community where we could provide services, provide some economic uplift, and help be part of the revitalization.”
The location will be known as New Market West (NMW) and will be much more than an office because it will also house child care, retail shops, and low-income housing that will benefit both the local community, our participants, and staff. We will be part of transforming a community.
Jeff further stated, “While a likely move-in date is not until early 2020, I am excited to inform you of the wonderful opportunity and will keep you apprised of our progress along the way.”
What an incredible group of girls! During the Brownie Bash of the Brandywine Valley Service Unit Girl Scout Event – 400 girls donated 350 socks, gloves, hats and undergarments to Horizon House.
Pictured above is only one of the troops who attended the event. On behalf of the men and women served by Horizon House, thanks to you, to all the troops, and troops leaders who helped make our feet and hearts happy
The excerpt is taken from :
Falling off the Cliff Part 4: Life after death
By: Ronnie Polaneczky, STAFF COLUMNIST, Daily News Philly.com
December 1, 2017
For those … like Norman Moore, 60, the going is dicey without the close advocacy of others.
Born with intellectual disabilities to a violently alcoholic father and an abused mother unable to care for him, Moore was removed from his parents’ Southwest Philly home as a toddler. He ricocheted in and out of terrible foster-care situations and, as an adult was often homeless. Other times, he rented rooms in squalid boarding homes whose housemates were sketchy. By the time he was 44, Moore had never lived in one place for more than a few years.
“People stole my money and clothes – everything,” he says.
His luck changed 18 years ago when he moved in with State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D., 201st) and his family (Kinsey, a single father, has four daughters). Back then, Kinsey was a supervisor at Horizon House, which provides supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He was asked to oversee the creation of the organization’s lifesharing program – an arrangement in which disabled adults live with qualified, unrelated adults who provide support in their home. At any given time, about 1,450 life-sharing households exist in Pennsylvania.
Moore, a Horizon House client, had developed a good relationship with Kinsey, and the men decided to try lifesharing. There were many ups and downs as Moore adjusted to living in a solid, stable household with rules and expectations and the Kinseys developed new ways to make room in their lives and hearts for Moore. Eighteen years later, they’re as deeply entwined as any loving, caring family would be.
“Steve’s like my brother,” says Moore simply.
“He’s ours,” says Kinsey.