The mission of the New Horizon Center is to actively combat the individual and community problems that contribute to the needless waste of human resources. To encourage youth to become actively aware of, and consciously cultivate their greatest potential for human development so that they are continually becoming productive community citizens.
The New Horizon Center, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation licensed by the State of Wisconsin to operate a wide-range of social service programs from infants to young adults. With more than a quarter century of service in the community and a demonstrated track record of success, NHC has transformed the lives of thousands of youth affording them a brighter and more productive future.
With a $10,000 loan from (the late Jeff) and Catherine Crawford, New Horizon Center, Inc. (NHC) acquired the former Holy Angels Rectory located at 3790 North 12th Street in Milwaukee. NHC officially opened its doors on December 2, 1985, operating its first business unit, “New Horizon Center.” Its first task was working exclusively with young delinquent males ages 16-18 from Ethan Allen and Lincoln Hills Schools for Boys.
The next chapter in NHCs history included taking on the challenge and meeting the needs of females via a residential care facility. This resulted in the opening of “A Positive Outlook” residential facility for young women in 1995. Also in 1995, another opportunity presented itself and “A New Outlook” group home for males was opened. In 2000 ”New Horizon Center” and “A Positive Outlook” transitioned to group home agencies to accommodate the request for a less restrictive environment for youth.
In 2007, the trend away from out-of-home care for children continued to grow and NHC met the need again by opening a Child Placing Agency. This allowed NHC to broaden its program offerings and provide needed services to children and families in the foster care system. As a treatment foster care agency, NHC recruits, trains, and licenses foster parents, in addition to placing treatment foster children in loving homes.
In 2010, NHC contracted with Milwaukee Department of Health and Human Services, Wraparound Milwaukee to provide Crisis Stabilization & Mentor services. In 2011, New Horizon opened a daycare that accommodated 72 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
New Horizon Center, Inc. will celebrate its 30th Anniversary of service to children and families December 4, 2015. NHC is honored to have provided quality programs that have served thousands of youths and families. Our goal is to continue to make a difference in the lives of those most in need. A special thanks goes to the late Opal Veal, co-founder of NHC; Mr. Ralph Jefferson, Mr. Nathaniel Harris, Ms Ruby Snowden, Mr. Eurial Jordan, Mr. Muhammad Aleem, Mrs. Dena Hayden, Imam W. Deen, Mohammed, and Mr. Jeff and Catherinea Crawford, Sr. parents of NHC co-founder, Saleem El-Amin.