In this season of thanks and of giving, Horizon House stands out as a generous community. Our residents, staff, and Board members care deeply about the needs and well-being of others.
Twenty-five residents on the Horizon House Knitting and Sewing Committee recently demonstrated that spirit of caring, volunteering to make hand-crafted scarves, hats, gloves, and quilts. Their generous gift of time and talent will serve those who need warmth this winter and will be distributed through organizations such as Plymouth Housing, Mary’s Place, and Harborview.
Our mission statement reads, “Horizon House is a dynamic retirement community, dedicated to dignified aging, life fulfillment, and service to the broader community.” As a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, we have a responsibility to give back, to fulfill our mission of service to the community. The Horizon House Community Grants Program was designed to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Our Program this past year has financially supported several organizations that are aligned with our mission. One of these is Freeway Park—truly a jewel in our neighborhood. Our support helps ensure that it remains safe, well-maintained, and enjoyed by all generations. For more information about the park, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=312
Plymouth Housing Group is an organization that transforms lives by providing permanent, supportive homes to homeless people with few other options for housing. Our residents volunteer at the Langdon and Anne Simons Senior Apartments, providing lunches, socialization, and meaningful conversations. A recent coat drive brought warmth to many of those who will need it this winter. Visit www.plymouthhousing.org.
The First Hill Improvement Association is the voice of the neighborhood we live in. Our involvement supports their efforts to ensure that First Hill remains a community that is safe and walkable, that encourages more open space, and that continues to attract retail. Visit www.firsthill.org
The Northwest Center for Creative Aging brings programs to those older adults in the community who might otherwise be isolated—lectures, speakers, round table discussions, the center was created to bring meaningful topics to those who care about aging well. For more information visit www.nwcreativeaging.org
Seattle University offers our residents learning experiences and lectures on and off campus. In 2014, we are expanding our partnership into a meaningful mentoring program between residents and students. Visit www.seattleu.edu.
The Horizon House community has always asked what it can do for others, from its founding to the present day. This means a great deal to the organizations and people we support. And it means the world to us.