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New Horizon ceases operations

Board leadership of New Horizon Family Center has informed United Way of Baytown Area that the agency ceased operations, effective 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.  New Horizon has served families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault since 1981.

Agency staff worked Dec. 3 to relocate the 35 persons who were at the NHFC shelter facility in Baytown.  The agency released all of its employees, including Patrina Pelton-Smith, executive director, and the agency board has undertaken the task of dissolving the corporation.

In the near term, United Way of Baytown Area will make contact information available for agencies in neighboring communities that provide similar services.  These include Bay Area Turning Point in Webster (281-338-7600 office; 281-286-2525 emergency); The Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Pasadena (713-472-0753 office; 713-473-2801 24-hour hotline); Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center in Humble (281-446-2615 answered 24 hours; www.familytimeccc.org); Houston Area Women’s Center in Houston (713-528-2121 answered 24 hours; www.hawc.org).

United Way of Baytown Area has been in contact with both The Bridge Over Troubled Waters and with Bay Area Turning Point about the possibility and extent to which one or both of these agencies might serve clients who otherwise would have been served by New Horizon.  A meeting is tentatively planned Dec. 11 to identify needs, and the feasibility of meeting those needs in an immediate fashion.

Staff members of New Horizon Family Center are to be commended for their conscientious devotion to the families and individuals the agency has served.  Board members of New Horizon also are to be commended for their dedicated volunteer service on behalf of clients, staff and our community.