Horizon House was founded in 1952 by a group of Quakers as a support group for former mental hospital patients. Since then, the agency has expanded its scope of services to address the needs of adults with drug and alcohol addictions (1972), developmental disabilities (1973), and those who are homeless (1984).
Early in Horizon House's existence, discussions with the people who came to the support group for help in re-establishing themselves in the community indicated that their most pressing needs included unfulfilled vocational goals. Consequently, a grant from the Philadelphia Foundation in 1959 helped establish a pilot employment program at Horizon House.
In 1961, the agency began a research and demonstration project funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration that included an enhanced socialization program, a community residence and personal counseling and vocational services. This project would become the foundation for the development of the comprehensive continuum of psychiatric rehabilitation services for which Horizon House is known today. In 1975, the agency was a founding member of the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (IAPSRS). Today this organization is known as the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).
Today, Horizon House is a key provider of services in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware and is widely recognized for its innovative approach to the delivery of services in a community setting. Horizon House's success comes from partnering with those who come to us seeking help or who have been referred by other agencies. Many of the people served by Horizon House have multiple disabilities and almost all are low income.
Each year, Horizon House provides community-based services to over 4,500 individuals throughout the region. Horizon House's interventions include treatment and rehabilitation programs, service/resource coordination, housing, educational programs, and employment training and support.
Horizon House uses a rehabilitation approach that includes person-centered therapeutic interventions, daily living skills training. Individuals with mental illness learn to manage the symptoms of their illness and to improve their everyday functioning. Those with substance abuse problems are helped to develop strategies for drug-free living. People who are homeless are connected to housing and other resources. Services and supports for individuals with mental retardation promote greater independence and participation in community activities. All are encouraged to participate in activities in their communities and to reach their highest potential for independent living.
Although the approach varies, depending on individual needs, Horizon House programs are designed to:
provide for a person's basic needs (a clean, safe place to live, medical and psychiatric treatment, food and clothing);
focus on a person's strengths and their opportunities to build self-esteem;
enhance communication abilities to promote the formation of good relationships ;
encourage all to complete their education, get a job or volunteer, to work toward economic self-sufficiency-to listen to whatever their goals are and provide support..
facilitate opportunities for an individual to participate in activities in their communities.
Three service divisions of Horizon House: Behavioral Health, Homeless, and Developmental Services are responsible for administering all programs. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, the agency's support and revenue totaled $41.3M and there were 1081 budgeted positions. – less – More from ZoomInfo »