2019 Annual Gala

2018 Annual Gala

Held at Hotel St. Michael’s, this signature event is NHDEC’s largest fundraiser of the year.
It includes dinner, live music and silent auction. Learn more about the event below.
For more information, call Robynne Lukas  at 928-772-1266 or email


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.