Don Roth: Proud of Horizons
I have served on the Horizons board for several years. Horizons Specialized Services has been in our community for 30 years. Most people know what a great job they do, but some questions have come up that need answers.
Recently, the previous Rain-bow Assisted Living Home was purchased by Horizons. It will be an ideal facility to meet the needs of several of our neighbors with developmental disabilities. It is one level, has fire alarms and a sprinkler system, is ADA accessible and is in a nice, quiet location. But the question raised is, “How can Horizons afford this?”
There are two answers. First, is that by having this better facility available, two or three other group homes will be closed and sold. In fact, one of the present homes has been sold and will be vacated as soon as the new Rainbow Home is ready. The other answer is economics. When this home is occupied, there will be considerable savings in operational costs, and client services will be improved.
When the mill-levy election is successful, some of the money will help to maintain the new Rainbow Home, but more importantly, it will be used for the costs of taking people off the waiting list.
These group homes are for people with “developmental disabilities.” Colorado is one of the few states that use this terminology. Most people recognize the term “mental retardation,” but both are used to correctly describe a person with an IQ less than 70, who has a life-long disability — often with physical challenges — that was acquired during their developmental years from birth to age 22.
Everyone involved with the new Rainbow Home is excited about moving to this new facility (home). This is a cost-effective way to continue taking excellent care of people less fortunate that most of us.
I’m proud to be associated with the Horizons group.
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