Our Mission

To support and empower individuals with disabilities in gaining and maintaining the skills and resources needed to maximize their potential for independence and inclusion in their community both vocationally and socially.

New Horizon focuses on quality supports and services, acting as a resource for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities while ensuring excellence in advocacy and person-centered programs. With a dedicated staff, we aim to support the goals and accomplishments of our individuals and their families, establishing foundations of self-worth and fullfilment, community, and personal ability for each.

Our Story

In 1969, our founders, a group of volunteers and parents in Prince George’s County, formed New Horizons Supported Services, Inc. This dedicated group was committed to improving the lives of their family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When New Horizons first began, the obstacles were many and resources few. Parents had insufficient options for their children with special needs, leading our founders to seek out better alternatives for their loved ones. Their focus was on:  

  • Equal opportunities for education; 
  • Equal opportunities for employment and training; 
  • Equal opportunities to live in the community; 
  • Equal opportunities for respect and dignity.

Back then, getting this equal chance was no easy task. There were very few educational or employment opportunities. Our founders fought hard to persevere, demanding quality opportunities within the community and setting a standard of care that continues even now. New Horizon’s initial budget was a mere $694 that included thousands of volunteer hours. Our agency has since flourished, now boasting a budget of nearly $5 million.
Today, we assist nearly 700 adults with disabilities achieve independence through person-centered training and support. We work daily to be innovative in the delivery of programs while expanding our reach in Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Anne Arundel Counties.

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
What hours is New Horizons open?

New Horizons is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm and on Saturdays, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Does New Horizons provide transportation?

Yes, we provide transportation to and from New Horizons, Monday – Friday. Additionally, we provide transportation to and from community activities during our service hours.

What is person-centered support?

New Horizons provides person-centered supports for each individual. We learn what a person’s passion is and then create an individual plan to promote that individual’s growth, success, and move towards independence. Our goal is to help each individual lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.

In what counties does New Horizons provide support?

We provide services to individuals in Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Anne Arundel Counties.

What is New Horizons inclement weather policy?

Please refer to the local media, website, or agency’s voicemail. In addition, please expect a robocall and text message from New Horizons by 7:00 am.

  • Code Green = Individuals should report to New Horizons. 
  • Code Blue = Individuals should NOT report to New Horizons. 
  • Code Yellow = New Horizons has a two-hour delayed opening.
  • Code Red = New Horizons is closed. 

Do you go out in the community five (5) days a week?

A DDA mandate requires New Horizons to provide community integration, engagement for each individual served, five days a week. We create a weekly plan of activities for each day of the week.

Why are community activities so important and what are some examples?

Each activity selected reinforces skills learned in-house by applying them in real-life settings as well as providing integration opportunities with the non-disabled community. We place an emphasis on participation in clubs of interest—including art, swimming, cooking, health, fitness, and singing groups. During the holidays, we have our very own choral group, the New Horizons Voices of Wonder, which performs for local nursing homes. 

Does New Horizons provide 1:1 services on the weekend?

Yes, but only on Saturdays and only for the Personal Supports Program.

Does New Horizons provide transportation to and from an activity from an individual’s home?

Yes, New Horizons has made it a priority to provide the necessary transportation to and from community activities and an individual’s home. Additionally, through the Personal Supports and the Community Learning Services Programs, we provide transportation to appointments, including doctor appointments, to ensure the individual gets the proper medical care needed.

Do I need to live in Prince George’s County to receive Personal Support services?

No. We will work with any individual approved for Personal Support Services by DDA anywhere in the State of Maryland.