Statement: Horizons, Inc. Background, Purpose and Objectives
- Horizons of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties, Inc. have been in operation since 1976. Our agency began in the heart of an aging parent whose concern for her adult developmentally disabled child was to keep her from being placed in an institution after the parent passed away. The parent wanted the child to live in a home-like atmosphere with 3 or 4 other individuals. This desire evolved into the residential services of Horizons of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties, Inc. We now employ more than 270 people to provide the needed services.
- We began with 24 individuals and today we serve 110 individuals with developmental disabilities within residential settings and more in the surrounding communities. Some individuals require only 2 to 4 hours of services per day, some require 15 to 40 hours per month, while many require 24 hours of services per day. We provide homemaker personal services, transportation to medical and other appointments, recreational and other community activities. We strive to make the developmentally disabled individuals as independent as possible. It is our mission to create home-like residential settings for these individuals while providing them with a high quality of life.
- Our agency provides services to individuals living in the following Ohio counties: Ashland, Carroll, Coshocton, Harrison, Jefferson, Knox, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.
- Our agency provides residential care based on the type of support necessary to insure the optimal health and safety of the developmentally disabled individuals. We also operate our own Adult Day Service Center in Tuscarawas County for developmentally disabled individuals living in our residential facilities, and for individuals in the community. In the day habilitation program individuals are given the opportunity to learn new skills and receive job training, and maintain current skills while enjoying daily social interaction and recreational activities.
- Horizons, Inc. is also part of a collaborative transportation effort with the Tuscarawas County Senior Center and Society for Equal Access to provide transportation to individuals with developmental disabilities, low income populations, senior citizens, and others throughout Tuscarawas County in need of transportation services; since there is no public transportation throughout the county. This collaborative effort is called the TuscTransit Transportation Program and is partially funded by a grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation.