Horizons: help and hope for families since 1975

Little Points of Light virtual fundraiser Thursday, Dec. 2

“The course of true love never did run smooth,” according to Shakespeare. The same can be said of raising children, as every parent can attest, and in some cases, getting outside help makes all the difference in a child’s healthy development. That’s where services provided by Horizons come into play. 

Established in 1975 as a community-based alternative to institutionalized care for individuals with, or at risk of, developmental disabilities, Horizons provides a suite of services to children and adults across Northwest Colorado. In Rio Blanco County, Horizons provides developmental screenings and early intervention for infants and children, supported living services for adults, as well as family support services that help qualifying families with copays and mileage for medical expenses.

On Thursday, Dec. 2 from 6-7 p.m., Horizons will host its Little Points of Light annual fundraiser. Again this year the event is virtual. Register for the event, which will include a mini-class on charcuterie and order a box of goodies from Blanco Cellars and the Little Cheese Shop in Meeker to enjoy here: https://horizonsnwc.org/

Two of the little ones featured during the event this year include Benny, born seven weeks premature; and Anola, who turned two and wasn’t meeting speech milestones. Within a week of sessions — over Zoom — she was speaking in sentences. 

“They both needed an extra hand to be able to hit some of their milestones,” said Elizabeth Skudneski, Horizons resource and public relations coordinator. 

Parents with any concerns about their children’s development are encouraged to contact Horizons for screening. “It’s never too early to start working with these kiddos if there are any signs of a delay,” Skudneski said. 

Early Intervention is for infants and toddlers up to age 3 who need speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy. Family Support Services provide funds to reimburse families for approved expenses associated with the care of their eligible family member, including medical and professional therapies and treatments, respite care, home modifications, insurance deductibles, co-payments and adaptive equipment.

In 2021, Horizons served five Rio Blanco County families through Family Support Services and has three children receiving Early Intervention services. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development, please contact Sarah Grimes at sgrimes@horizonsnwc.org or 541-670-8415.

By NIKI TURNER – editor@ht1885.com