NHC Acknowledges National Disabilities Awareness Month

October is National Disabilities Awareness Month


NHC like to remind everyone that the month of October is National Disabilities Awareness month.  Take a moment (moments) to recognise, encourage, and commend persons with disabilities for their effort in making Nashville a disability friendly community. 

Often what society does on a daily basis comes as the result of tremendous efforts from our disabled population. 
No task is too small to recognise and no occomplishment is too insignificant to praise.

New Horizons hires new Executive Director

Aisha Mansaray named as NHC E.D.

Aisha Mansaray is originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Aisha has lived in the Untied States for 16 years.  A graduate of Tennessee State University, Aisha graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor degree in social work.  Ms. Mansaray comes to NHC with extensive knowledge having worked with persons with intellectual disabilities for 15 years.  Aisha is very enthusiatic and dedicated to those we support.  Aisha is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.  In her free time, Aisha is very involved in her community and finds time to volunteer for various organizations.

Welcome Aisha.

2015 could best be described as a year of growth and expansion.  New Horizons recently remodeled it's Day Program facility and Administrative offices making its environment a bright, welcoming atmosphere that is both professional and person centered.  The physical therapy room also underwent a complete facelift creating an environment where consumers eagerly receive a variety of therapeutic PT services.

Coffee still lumes on the horizon with the addition of coffee just around the corner!  New Horizons will buy coffee beans in raw form, hand roast, package, and distribute the finished coffee product to the public in 2 oz. bags.  Each aroma packed bag makes ten (10) 6 oz. cups of delicious coffee. 

Individuals and businesses can contract with NHC to purchase fresh roasted, fresh packaged coffee in a variety of light/dark speciality grade roasts including Organic, and Fare Trade Certified.  Lookout Starbucks and Maxwell House, a better cup of Joe is on the Horizons.

Schedule a tour or drop by for a cup of coffee.  For additional information call: (615) 360-8595

New Horizons Corporation Open House is a Success

After undergoing a facelift, New Horizons Corporation opened their doors and invited the public to visit the NHC day service facility.  The event was held on October 17, 2014 from 12:30PM - 5:30PM.  

Attendees were given a tour of the Day Services facility, sampled products, listened to NHC Administration speak about the agency and its worth to the Nashville community, and fed a light lunch.  The attending public expressed overwhelming approval with the modern facility and the agency's ability to provide much needed services and opportunities to both the consumers and community. 

New Horizons Corporation would like to thank all who attended as well as those who arranged the open house and conducted agency tours.

For additional tours or to learn more about NHC, call 615-360-8595.

New Horizons Welcomes two additions to the Board of Directors

New Horizons would like to welcome Nick Passomato and Maylene Jones to the NHC Board of Directors.

Nick is married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren and is expecting #4.  Nick is retired from Safeco/Liberty Mutual where he worked for 38 years as a claims analyst.  Nick enjoys golf, and fishing with his grand kids.

Maylene's bio not available at this time.

The Great Guitar Auction 2014 Update

New Horizons Corporation would like to thank the following for their support of this event:

* The Gibson Foundation
* Old Hickory Credit Union
* Pinnacle Bank
* Co Keppeli Salon
* Van Meter Insurance
* The Marriott Nashville Airport
* Nossi College of Art

All auction items are available for purchase with the proceeds going towards GGA 2014.  Interested parties should refer the News and Events page or call: (615) 360-8595.

NHC looks to the future

We are well into 2014.  As New Horizons reflects on the past year, we are mindful that everyday should be filled with faith, giving thanks, and a sense of optimism.  New Horizons is grateful towards everyone who joined us on our 2013 journey of Acceptance on ALL Levels and wishes those served by NHC as well as staff and family members, a safe, happy, and enriched 2014.

Great Guitar Auction 2013 Recap


As the "Official" GGA event T-Shirts decreed, "I Attended, I ENJOYED, I Supported."  Despite so so weather outside, the ambience inside Marriott's Cumberland Ballroom was anything but.  The attendees dined on food that was described by one guest as "Makes you want to slap your granny" delicious.

The evening's event was hosted by an energetic Dawn Davenport (News 2, WKRN) who reminded the audience that her day began at 2:00AM and included a rain soaking CMA Parade appearance.   Dawn kept everything on track and shared insiteful tidbits of her experiences as a Tennessee EARLY morning news caster.  Dawn got caught up in the auction madness by casting the winning bid and taking home the highly sought after Taylor Swift guitar.  Dawn admitted on air the next morning that her husband would have preferred that she won the Big Green Egg grill.  There is always next year!

Nashville native Rich Karg performed during the meal portion of the event and was very well received.  Rich is quickly becoming a crowd favorite.  Aussie Jamie O'Neal headlined The Great Guitar Auction as only a seasoned veteran of the music industry could.   If you weren't a fan going in, you quickly became one.  Jamie's selections were a powerful collection of selections that turned her multiple Grammy nominations.  Jamie's husband Rodney Good, accompanied her in what sounded more like well toned duets than a single vocalist and her backup.  Great blend, great chemistry. One of the highlights of evening was when Jamie was joined on stage by her 12 year old daughter Allyah who surprised the audience with vocal capabilities well beyond her years.  Talent clearly runs in the family.

The collective assembly of signed guitars and sports memorabilia was an impressive sight and the perfect backdrop for the evenings live auction.  If the gourmet banquet didn't get your mouth watering, the items up for auction certainly did.
Where competitor auctions may have a single guitar, The Great Guitar Auction boasted 15.  The "Great" in its name definitely lived up to its billing.

Professional auctioneer Justine Rhinehart ("Doc" to his friends), commanded the stage getting maximum mileage (dollars) out of each auction item.  The battle to convent one (or more) of the star adorned autographed guitars turned to a competitive "I gotta have that" environment with New Horizons being the ultimate winner in each case.  

As the evening came to a close, many attendees hung around soaking in the atmosphere and mingling with the various performers.  Plans to make next year's Great Guitar Auction 2014 bigger and better are already in the works.   NHC PR/Development Coordinator Gary Schmitt said he plans to grow the event into a "must attend" and the "unofficial" CMA Music Fest kickoff.  Thanks to all who Attended, Enjoyed, and Supported GGA 2013.

New Horizons Corporation would like to acknowledge and thank Nossi College of Art faculty and students of for their artistic expertise in the creation of the Great Guitar Auction event posters, tickets, and program booklets. 



The Great Guitar Auction 2013 (formerly Guitars at Grassmere) is quickly approaching.  NHC has selected June 5, 2013 as the event date.  This year's gala will be held at the Marriott Nashville Airport.  P.R./Development Coordinator Gary Schmitt states "Due to the success of last year's event, NHC has had to relocate to the bigger Marriott venue. The Great Guitar Auction 2013 event date was selected to piggyback with the CMA Music Fest (June 6-9).  NHC is very excited about the relationship it has developed with the Marriott Nashville Airport.  NHC would like to grow the event into becoming the "unofficial" kickoff to the CMA Music Fest.  The Great Guitar Auction 2013 promises to be bigger and better than last year!"  Dawn Davenport from News 2 WKRN-TV will emcee this year's GGA gala.  The Great Guitar Auction 2013 will feature Momentum Label Group artist Jamie O'NealNashville favorite Rich Karg, is slated to open for Ms. O'Neal.  

The great Guitar Auction will include  a gourmet meal, beverages, entertainment, and a Live auction.  Some of the items to appear on the auction block include an All Inclusive Napa Valley Wine Tour For Two (including airfare),  Bass Tire certificates valued at $200, a Big Green Egg grill package ($900.00), a 6 week Glassblowing instructional class, Titans' and Predators' memorabilia, and Lots and Lots of autographed guitars.  This year's list of autographed guitars includes Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Kellie Pickler, the Band Perry, Lady A., Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Miranda, Taylor, and others.  
Three Premium VIP Getaway Packages have been added to the 2013 auction.  Premium packages include an all-Inclusive Napa Valley Wine Tour for Two, a Broadway (NYC) Theatre Experience for Two, and a ACM Awards Show (Vegas) Country Blowout.
Tickets go on sale April 1, 2013 and are available at the NHC Day Service building (5221 Harding Place) or via PayPal.

Platinum Sponsors

New Horizons is pleased to announce that Old Hickory Credit Union, Brown & Brown Insurance, THW Insurance Services, LLC, The Marriott Corporation, and Nossi College of Art have been recognized as Platinum Sponsors for the up-coming Great Guitar Auction 2013.  New Horizons acknowledges and thanks you for your support.  For information on how YOU can become a Platinum Sponsor contact Gary Schmitt @ 615-360-8595.

Message From a Parent.
Bill Manley
New Horizons has a special place in the hearts of parents, family members, staff and directors affiliated with the agency. My relationship with New Horizons is as a parent and a board member. Having a family member with special needs can be a humbling experience in some ways and a blessing in others.

If it were not for New Horizons, my daughter Amy would be sitting home watching television. Having this organization means that Amy has a purpose. That purpose is vocational and employment acceptance by participating in an employment environment that she loves. Amy has the joy of doing something she truly enjoys with a group of people that accept and appreciate what she is capable of doing.  Amy also benefits from living in one of New Horizons' residential homes.  Amy considers New Horizons as her home."

We would like to invite anyone and everyone for a 30 minute tour of New Horizons. I assure you that it will be an experience you won't forget.

Bill Manley