The health and safety of the individuals we serve, our staff and their families are our number one priority. The Coronavirus Crisis has impacted all of our lives. We will be using our website, email, and social media to provide updates as needed. Keeping in contact is important as the situation has been rapidly evolving.
Horizon House will continue to offer ESSENTIAL life-sustaining services to people we serve, while adhering to CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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Just as we were all looking forward to a sense of ‘normal,’ there has been a resurgence in the COVID-19 pandemic, fueled by the Delta Variant.
Throughout the pandemic, we have been encouraging all staff and participants to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19 by following safety protocols intended to prevent the spread of the virus. As vaccines became available, we encouraged staff and participants to listen to health officials and become vaccinated. As a health care provider, we must take this responsibility to each other as a high priority.
Over the last month, there have been federal, state and local mandates requiring staff to be vaccinated. Horizon House falls under these mandates and will now require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone who does not get vaccinated by the agency deadline must get tested twice a week.
Who must be vaccinated?
– All part-time and full-time Horizon House staff
– All temp agency staff providing in-person program support/services
– Independent contractors and temporary staff working at one of our locations
What if someone needs an exemption?
– We understand that this is still a difficult situation for some individuals. If you are in need an exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons, contact Benefits at email@example.com for exemption forms. If granted an exemption from the vaccination, a person will be required to submit the results of a viral COVID Test two times per week. It must be a PCR or antigen test, rapid tests will not be accepted.
What happens if a staff person does not get vaccinated or complete the COVID testing?
– Failure to become fully vaccinated or complete the weekly COVID testing will result in not being able to work at Horizon House.
Do staff and visitors still need masks?
– Yes, Horizon House’s current protocols, including masking for all, will remain in effect.
In tandem with PhillyLove, Horizon House recently honored members of our incredible Developmental Services staff for their dedicated, selfless service to our participants throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 28th Annual Horizon House Golf Outing would not have been able to be the success it was without the help of our amazing sponsors.
We’d like to use this space to say thank you to each and every one of our sponsors listed below.
You can learn more about the our annual golf outing, which was held on June 1 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, and watch a recap video of the day by clicking here.
Brown and Brown of Pennsylvania
Conner, Strong & Buckelew
Ganse Apothecary, Inc.
Hunt & Ayres, P.C.
Emerald Business Supply
Mission First Housing Group
Canon Solutions America
Independence Blue Cross
Interstate Fleet Services
Midatlantic Fire LLC
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
Quality Care Options
Radius Rx Direct
Reynolds and Reynolds Electronics
Platinum Non-Golf Sponsors
Horizon Health Care Consultants
Advant-Edge Solutions of Middle Atlantic, Inc.
Jess Crate Furniture
McConkey Insurance and Benefits
The Alliance of Community Service Providers
Bob’s Discount Furniture
HockeyTown Pro Shop
Noll & Company, Inc. CPAs
Raffle Grand Prize Sponsor
Hole-In-One Prize Courtesy of
Golf Outing Printing Donated by
Golf Outing Photography Donated By
Marikate Venuto, Event Photographer
Creative Advertising Specialties, Inc.
Jose Alfredo De La Pena
The 28th Annual Horizon House Golf Outing was a tremendous success!
This year’s outing took on special meaning not just because it was our first in-person event since the onset of COVID-19, but also because we dedicated the outing to Dr. Larry Real, our late Medical Director who passed away in March after a brave battle with cancer.
We’d like to take a moment to thank all of our sponsors, all who came out to play at Huntingdon Valley Country Club on June 1 and all who donated in some way. You are helping to make a difference in lives of the men and women we serve each day.
We invite you all to watch this recap video from the day, which includes highlights and interviews. Thank you all again!
Horizon House is saddened to announce the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Larry Real. A giant here at Horizon House with a heart for helping and serving our participants, Larry passed away on March 25 following a brave battle with cancer.
For over a decade, Larry served Horizon House in many ways. He originally came to us in 2009 when he was the first psychiatrist named to our Board of Directors. Shortly after, in 2010, he joined us full-time as our Medical Director, a role perfectly suited for his warm spirit as he was able to leave a profound impact on our participants by helping them live better lives. He used his unique abilities to drive his belief that recovery is achievable for all.
Larry joined the city of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services as its Chief Medical Officer in 2015, but came back to Horizon House in 2018 to resume his role as Medical Director. In addition to returning to Horizon House, Larry also served as the Co-Director of the Fellowship in Public Psychiatry program at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Larry’s commitment to Horizon House, and especially to those we serve, is an example of the compassion and opportunities that we aspire to provide to all,” said Horizon House President and CEO Jeff Wilush. “He was a leader in his field and also here at Horizon House, and someone we looked to for his steady leadership. Larry’s presence and guidance will truly be missed throughout our entire agency. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and the participants whose lives he touched over the many years he served us.”
Recognized by his colleagues and peers with numerous awards throughout his medical career, Larry is survived by his son Daniel, his son Michael (Aviva Isenberg), his brother Dr. Mark Real (Karen), his brother Hal (Anne Sheppard) and his partner over the last 10 years, Madeleine Gardberg.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Larry’s memory may be made to Horizon House (please click for more information on how to donate) or World Cafe Live’s education programs (click here for more information).
Thank you for sharing your talents and life with all of us, Larry. Your spirit will live on forever here at Horizon House. You will be missed!