During the COVID-19 outbreak, our team at Growth Horizons has been truly inspirational. They’ve continued to provide exceptional care, while also keeping themselves, others and the individuals we serve safe. Please join us in celebrating this extraordinary team!
We also want to share this thank you video from the family of one the individuals we serve. We’re always so glad to be able to help the people we serve and their families!
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been increasingly proud of the amazing work of our staff to keep the individuals we serve safe and happy. We’re thrilled to share these messages of thanks from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Theresa Miller, Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services.
Thank you to the entire Growth Horizons family for all that you do!
From: Paul Volosov, Ph.D., Chairman and CFO
Re: Upper Management Team Enhancements
Date: March 23, 2016
The acquisition of Green Tree School and our internal expansion this year have created many new opportunities and responsibilities within our organization. In response to these changes, we have implemented several important changes within our upper management team:
- David Volosov has been promoted to President of Salisbury House, Inc. In addition to maintaining his prior responsibilities, David will oversee the day-to-day operations of Salisbury House and all its subsidiaries and affiliates.
- I have stepped down as President and will maintain my prior responsibilities as Chairman of the Board and CFO of Salisbury House and all its subsidiaries and affiliates.
- Kim Benner will retain her position as CEO of Salisbury Behavioral Health and New Story of Ohio. In addition, she has added the responsibilities as VP of Development for all of Salisbury House and all its subsidiaries and affiliates.
- Dana Monroe will retain her responsibilities as COO of the western division of New Story. In addition she has been promoted to CEO of New Story.
- Beth Davidson will retain her responsibilities as COO of the Bucks County division of Growth Horizons. In addition she has been promoted to CEO of Growth Horizons.
- Judy Dyjak has been promoted to COO of the Montgomery County division of Growth Horizons.
- Joe MacDonald has stepped down from his position as CEO of Growth Horizons. He has accepted the position as administrative consultant to Growth Horizons. We appreciate Joe’s many years of exceptional service and wish him all the best as he approaches retirement.
I am excited about the added strength our upper management team has achieved through these changes, and I look forward to many more years of providing quality supports to people with serious and complex challenges, offering excellent working conditions for all of our staff members, and expanding the good that we do every day. Please join me in congratulating all the people who have stepped up within our upper management team. I am confident that these changes and many others we are implementing will continue our efforts to become more and better every day. Congrats to all!
Growth Horizons, Inc. began as a not-for-profit corporation in 1979. Since that time, it has provided residential and habilitation services to hundreds of adults with intellectual disabilities. We are all very proud of the many years of quality service that Growth Horizons has provided to so many people. As founder and president, I am particularly proud of the hard work and dedication of our wonderful team who give their all every day of every year so that our clients can live a high quality life in the community. I look forward to many more years of the same and ever higher quality service.
During the past three years, Growth Horizons, like many other Pennsylvania agencies that provide residential and habilitation services to adults with intellectual disabilities, has incurred substantial financial losses. These losses threaten our ability to continue.
We are fortunate that Growth Horizons is associated with Salisbury House, Inc. Salisbury is a much larger organization that provides a wide variety of clinical and special education services to children and adults. Because of its size and diversification, Salisbury is a financially sound organization with many different sources of revenue. It does not have the financial difficulties that Growth Horizons has. In fact, it is financially strong.
As of June 1, 2014, Growth Horizons will become a subsidiary of Salisbury House. What will change at Growth Horizons? Nothing and everything will change! Nothing will change in the sense that the same great team, the same supervisors, and the same executive leadership, Joe MacDonald, CEO, and Beth Davidson, COO, will continue to do what they have been doing for years. You, the clients, staff members, families, and friends of Growth Horizons will not see any change at all. On the other hand, everything will change but only in the sense that the financial strength of Salisbury House will guarantee the financial viability of Growth Horizons.
Please understand that we are making this change very thoughtfully with the knowledge and support of the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are fully committed to providing the very best services that can be provided. We are just as committed to making sure that these services continue without interruption for years to come.
No doubt, many of you will have questions about this change. Please fell free to contact Joe, Beth, or me at your convenience.
Paul Volosov, Ph.D., President of Salisbury House/Salisbury Management, Inc.*
*For more information regarding Salisbury Management, click on the link on the top right hand corner of this page.
In September of 1993 after many years of Joann telling us she was not happy with her current supports and months of planning with her team, Joann moved to her own place with 10 hours of support per week. This past September 2013 she celebrated her 20th year anniversary of living there and has continued to enjoy both her independence and freedom.
She has overcome some health challenges as she has aged, but she is still quite able to direct her Supports, her Support staff, and her Supports Coordinator. She continues to travel to visit her parents in Florida once per year, host all her cousins at her “annual birthday bash”, call and visit family and friends as she chooses, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her determination to stay healthy and maintain her own home is still as evident as it was twenty years ago.
On Saturday, May 12, 2012, approximately fifty consumers and staff from Growth Horizons participated in a rally to urge the Governor and Legislature to adequately fund programs for individuals with I/DD.
Consumers and staff from Pottstown, Lansdale, and Willow Grove programs were joined by about 250 other self- advocates in Doylestown, Bucks County to urge the restoration of cuts in funding for services. Mrs. Ginny Conway, the mother of Andy (Horsham), gave an eloquent talk on the struggles to get funding for services for her son. She was joined by numerous other family speakers and advocates who all urged the legislature to adequately fund community support. Sen. Bob Mensch, the father of Bill (Telford), talked about his struggles to get services and how he tries to educate legislators on the need for funding for I/DD services. All of the speakers made a point of acknowledging the dedication and hard work of the staff. Many self-advocates, including Diane (Lansdale), Dennis (Willow Grove), and Phillip (Horsham), spoke out as well, urging legislators to stop the cuts.
What can you do? Contact your state legislator and urge them to restore funding cuts and to adequately fund community services for individuals with I/DD.
To find your legislator, go to:
Eggplants, Peppers,Tomatoes, Melons and more are being grown, harvested and eaten in several of the homes in Bucks County!!
The guys at Washington Crossing, Chestnut, and Sweetgum all have bountiful gardens and are sharing their fruits and vegetables with all.
Jackie, Joe and Richie at Washington Crossing have been enjoying zucchini, eggplant, cantalopes and lettuce. With much support and hard work from Ibrahim and his helpers Tim, Jack, and Mark their garden has doubled in size and bounty this year.
Pablo,Nate, Ray, Robert and Micheal from Chestnut are giving the garden at Washington Crossing some excellent competition. Their harvest so far has included both white and purple eggplant, yellow and red grapes tomatoes, and every variety of pepper you could want.
Dale, Dave, and Keron at Sweetgum also are showing their green thumbs as well, Corn, tomatoes, beans and peppers will soon be gracing their dinner table.