Donna E. Merrill

Executive Director at Horizons Inc

Location:
1705 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Company:
Horizons Inc
HQ Phone:
(617) 553-5455
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Last Updated 11/25/2017

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Affiliations

Board Member  - Ohio Provider Resource Association

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Project Help seeks support for adults served by Horizons

"Of course our organization was begun by an older woman who did not want to see her developmentally disabled child live out life in an institution after her passing but rather in a home shared with other people in a group setting," said Donna Merrill, Horizons Inc. executive director.
"It follows that our clients today would want to celebrate Christmas with the people with whom they share their home." Project Help is in place to help accomplish just that, depending entirely on funding from the community. "We get no other funding for this," Merrill said, "and the amount we raise directly determines what we're able to do for our clients. If we raise less, we are able to bring them less. More funding enables us to do more for them, and we count on the communities we serve to help in any way possible. We're very grateful for the support we receive." Last year Horizons was able to provide a Christmas dinner catered by the Elks Club of New Philadelphia. Each of the nearly 100 individuals in attendance got a small gift at the dinner and then another modest gift to open on Christmas morning. "Our staff handled all the gift wrapping and distribution," Merrill said. Horizons staff members also prepared desserts for the dinner. In 2016 Project Help efforts raised about $5,000, somewhat limiting the Christmas cheer efforts of the organization. "Though we are of course grateful for any support the community can offer, we would like to do more this year. We ask our clients for their wish lists and do what we're able to do," Merrill said. "Last year we were able to give some games, some music CDs, while some asked for clothes. It was a real variety." Merrill said many of the people they serve would have nothing for Christmas without the services provided by Horizons. "Most of our clients - not all certainly but most - would otherwise have nothing at Christmas," Merrill said. In a fundraising letter to the community, Merrill said, "It is with the incredible strength and help of our community and friends like you that Horizons Inc. can spread the spirit of Christmas throughout our residential communities.

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