2003-12-05 / Community

New Horizon Center Celebrates Thanksgiving

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
New Horizon Center Celebrates Thanksgiving By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


Assistant Clinical Director Glenn Felder, second from left, shows off a plate of their holiday meal. He is shown with other clients of New Horizon after their turkey dinner.Assistant Clinical Director Glenn Felder, second from left, shows off a plate of their holiday meal. He is shown with other clients of New Horizon after their turkey dinner.

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a family day, but for those living in the many adult homes in the Rockaway area it can be a lonely day. This year, as in years past, clients of New Hori­zon’s Counseling Center did not have to spend the holiday alone. Instead, they spent it with each other and the center’s counselors.

Besides discussion groups about the im­portance of the day and other activities, the clients did things that families across the country were do­ing that day – incl­uding viewing the Macy’s Thanks­giving Parade on television. At noon the counselors serv­ed their ‘guests’ a special Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

What made this celebration really special was that, as Flora Bien­stock (the program’s Clinical Dir­ector) pointed out, New Horizons was the only adult center in the Rockaways open on the holiday. From Thanksgiving to Christ­­­mas to New Year’s Day, and all the other special days of the year, the people who run and work at the center lovingly give a part of their holidays to make sure that those who may not have a holiday get one.

New Horizons celebrated sixteen years of serving the people of the Rockaways this past March and is located on Beach 20th Street in Far Rockaway.


New Horizon Counselors (standing) Paul Cohen, Robert McCall and Frema Peters helped serve a turkey meal with all the trimmings to the clients.New Horizon Counselors (standing) Paul Cohen, Robert McCall and Frema Peters helped serve a turkey meal with all the trimmings to the clients.

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