Ways to Make Your Caring Count

By: Darlene Golson, Grant Writer & Program Development

2019 Is here!  A new year, a new blank page for all of us. Do you want to be kinder, do more, and be more? At New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center, we have plans to provide new programs and to expand current programs in 2019!  With your help, our plans and goals will be that much closer to being achieved. It is not too late to donate to our #GivingTuesday Campaign that ends on January 11, 2019. Go to Giving Tuesday & Beyond to make your gift.  Our goal is $3,000 and because of your generosity, we have raised $1,348.  Only $1,652 left to go!

Don’t forget you can always give to new Horizons through Amazon Smile and the Fry’s Community Rewards Program. It is as simple as  choosing NHDEC as your charity and then shop your heart out! Tax time is almost here!  Did you know that Arizona taxpayers might also claim a tax credit for cash donations made to qualifying charitable organizations?

Happy New Year from all of us at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center!  Be sure to check out the highlights of 2018 in the video below.

We wish you a year filled with health and happiness  in 2019!


PASS course Training & Driver Certification Program (Mohave County)

By: Darlene Golson, Grant Writer & Program Development

New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center held its first PASS (Passenger Service and Sensitivity Training) Course in Mohave County on December 1, 2018.  The PASS Training and Driver Certification Program is designed to ensure that community transportation drivers have the most current expertise in passenger assistance for techniques and sensitivity skills appropriate for serving people with disabilities.   The training was held to instruct six NHDEC drivers whom started transporting individuals for Medical Transportation Brokerage of Arizona (MTBA) and other contracts on December 6, 2018. All six drivers passed the training at 100% and are now PASS Certified!   Five months ago, the services that we provided in Mohave County required one van and now we will be utilizing five vans per day. Rod Lusk, Director of Transportation at New Horizons stated, “We are very excited with the opportunity to increase our services to people in Mohave County. Assisting others to remain independent in the community is what we do and love.”

Thank you to Larry Laidler for driving to Kingman from Prescott Valley to provide this much-needed training!  This was Larry’s first time as a PASS Trainer and he did an amazing job.  Larry stated, “I am looking forward to our next PASS Training Course to be held in January 2019 at our facility in Prescott Valley.  This was my first time as a trainer so I look forward to becoming a better instructor and continuing to teach these much needed skills.”  

Special thanks also to Mojave Community College for allowing us the use of one of their classrooms.   



2019 is the Year for Positive Changes

By: David Seigler, Executive Director

New Year… New beginnings, a new day to look towards a new future – look far enough and you can see the New Horizon.  With the new year, many people plan big changes – a fresh start.  At NHDEC, we are not much different.  We are putting together some new programs intended to help people with disabilities make an impact on the world around us.  From our sports and fitness programs, to our computer lab, we are implementing changes to better serve YOU. 

We are very excited about our newest class – Arizona Education and Empowerment Initiative (formerly Arizona Community Leadership Academy).  This is a comprehensive education and empowerment initiative, designed to give the tools and expertise needed to initiate powerful, meaningful change in the communities we live in.  NHDEC knows the more information we have, the more influence we have.  

We ask YOU to consider this New Year as a new opportunity to be a positive influence on those around you.  Our purpose for existing is to help you access your Civil Rights, to help you live the most independent, self-directed life possible.  This year, let’s work together to fix what is broken, to make tomorrow better for ourselves and our children. Let’s make 2019 the year of positive, lasting Change!

What Does NHDEC Mean to Me?

We asked our employees to tell us what NHDEC means to them, here  are the top responses:

Jessi  Elbert, Transportation
“We provide  blessings, a light for people in a dark place, and help when all seems lost.” 


Pete Rivenburg, Office & Facility Manager
“NHDEC  means a family style connection to the broader  community. We are dedicated to the cause, often dealing with people  whom are not at their best, due to their disability. From our drivers to our program  operators, our purpose  is to help fellow citizens navigate the  hurdles and pitfalls of life, with grace and Zen-like calmness. My fellow workers are very much like family. they do what they do  with the end goal of personally empowering the individual.”


Darlene Golson, Grant Writer & Program Development
“My true passion is  life is helping people with disabilities, and I get to do that each and every day at New Horizons Disability Empowerment   Center. It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated people, at the  agency and in the community, who are focused on empowering individuals with disabilities. Working at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center, gives me the opportunity to do what I love. I am truly blessed.”


By:  Cindy Bradshaw, Office Assistant

Have you, or a loved one, ever found yourself in need of a wheelchair, walker, or other type of medical equipment only to find out your insurance doesn’t cover the cost, or you are unable to afford it, making it unaffordable?  There is another option… to borrow equipment from New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center’s Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet.

The Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet inventory alters according to donations given and, at any one time, offers a varied assortment of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, shower chairs, and more. Over the past 5 years we have been able to assist an estimated 150 people with their special needs.

Many people tell us how important these loans were to their recovery.  In one instance, we had a lady who had an accident resulting in broken leg bones. She was first able to borrow a wheelchair, and then a walker. Upon returning the equipment she stated the loan of the medical equipment immediately increased her mobility and enabled her injuries to heal completely. Since then, she has been able to move forward, working on goals she set for herself.

If you are interested in borrowing, or donating, to the Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet. We are available during regular office hours of: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. You may also call 928-772-1266 with any questions you have regarding the Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet.