To our participants, staff, and families,
Horizon House’s priority is the health and wellness of our participants and staff. We will continue to operate ESSENTIAL SERVICES to ensure the people we serve receive the care and supports they need to manage through the Coronavirus crisis.
We are monitoring closely the ever-changing situation across the region, and working daily to adjust our plans to ensure services continue to be provided. We are communicating daily with our staff and are working to make sure your family members and our staff are safe and healthy. During this public health crisis, we will continue to reevaluate the way we provide our services in order to support participants without putting them at greater risk of exposure.
President & CEO
UPDATE: April 8, 2020
Starting now all staff whether working in a residential setting, traveling in the community or periodically entering a Horizon House office environment, are to wear a mask at all times that you are at work.
UPDATE: March 24, 2020
This week the governors in PA, DE ,and NJ have issued “stay at home orders” and closures of non-essential businesses.
- 3/21 NJ issues state-wide ‘stay at home orders’.
- 3/23 PA issued ‘stay at home’ orders for the following counties: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia.
- 3/24 DE issued state-wide ‘stay at home orders’.
We want to assure you that Horizon House, as an essential life sustaining services provider, will continue to provide (essential) services to our participants.
We will practice ‘social distancing’ and follow the CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus.
UPDATE: March 18, 2020
Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, Horizon House implemented its COVID-19 response plan.
- All residential programs are open and fully operational. However, we are not permitting families and visitors to enter the sites in order to comply with safety precautions during the crisis. We look forward to welcoming you back!
- Across the region, we are taking the advisement of the CDC in regards to social distancing seriously, therefore all non-essential Community Outings are suspended. Horizon House is dedicated to joining in the efforts to “flatten the curve” in hopes of moving forward. We are passing along resources/activities that can be done without leaving the home.
- Homeless Outreach will continue and the Navigation Center overnight cafe serving people who are homeless will be open each night.
- Staff will continue to provide case management, crisis intervention, treatment, and medications. Some services will be provided by telephone.
- We have increased the cleaning of our homes and the disinfecting of our facilities. Information has been disseminated to staff and members at the program sites directing everyone to clean hands often, and avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
- If sick, staff are instructed to stay home for their well -being and the safety of the people we serve.
- All Horizon House Administrative buildings are closed to visitors until further notice.
These are challenging and uncertain times for all of us. We appreciate your support during this crisis. We will continue to update you on any changes.
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Pennsylvania Department of Health
State of Delaware: Delaware’s Coronavirus Website
New Jersey Coronavirus Information Hub
UNICEF: Everything you need to know about washing your hands to protect against coronavirus COVID-19)
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Manage Anxiety and Stress
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
NAMI – NAMI HELPLINE 800-950-NAMI, M-F, 10 AM – 6 PM ET
Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.