Help on the horizon

Specialized services group seeking public contributions

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For more than three decades, Horizons Specialized Services has been providing help to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Moffat County. While costs continue to rise, funding from the state of Colorado remains the same.

To offset the financial imbalance, Horizons now is seeking tax-deductible contributions from the community as part of its "Little Points of Light" campaign fundraiser. Horizons is the primary agency providing services and care for the developmentally challenged in Northwest Colorado.

"People are very generous during the Christmas season," Horizons development coordinator Kay Borvansky said. "Many people put a toy in a bin at Christmas, but this is a lifetime thing."

The campaign includes information on Horizons programs.

The early intervention program, provides therapy services to children, from birth to 3 years old, identified as having a developmental delay or disability.

The family support program offers financial assistance to families of children with a developmental disability who live at home. The program also offers financial aid to families that need to visit medical specialists out of town, as well as supporting dental programs and costs of medical supplies for individuals.

"Families that have a child living with them can bring bills to the family support council for reimbursement," Borvansky said. "This is a program where we can really use donations from the public because the state cut funding in half in 2003."

The public school system works with developmentally disabled children between the ages of 3 and 21, Borvansky said. The Board of Cooperative Educational Services provides special education in the school district.

After turning 21, another Horizons program takes effect for the disabled individuals.

Residential Living Services includes group homes for adults requiring 24-hour care in a living facility.

Combined with Horizon's Supported Living Services, disabled adults are given help with shopping, cooking, paying bills and finding jobs.

For more information about donating, call Horizons Specialized Services, 356 N. Ranney St., at 824-7804.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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