Horizons receives $10K grant to help with costs

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Horizons Specialized Services received a grant of $10,000 from the Front Range-based Daniels Fund to help with operating costs.

Horizons provides care and services to people of all ages who have developmental disabilities.

Kay Borvanski, Horizons resource development coordinator, said she originally wrote the grant asking for $48,000, which is what the program needs to operate.

However, she said she is pleased with the amount Horizons received.

"We were happy to get anything," she said. "It will be used for overall care of our clients and will free up funds for general repair and maintenance."

She said Horizons plans to divide the money equally among sites across Northwest Colorado to perform "a laundry list" of maintenance projects such as fixing windows, purchasing new appliances and making the sites more energy efficient.

Horizons is based in Steamboat Springs and provides services for the developmentally disabled in five Northwestern Colorado counties.

In Craig, Horizons operates three group homes for the developmentally disabled and one day-use site.

Borvanski said many patients are independent but require the help of a counselor or other outpatient services.

Some clients live full time in the group homes and are provided with care around the clock.

However, Horizons relies on state and federal funding to provide that care and has seen significant reductions during the economic recession.

The Daniels Fund is a regional charitable organization set up by Bill Daniels, who made a fortune in the cable TV business.

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