Horizon is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
Horizon contracts for services
with state departments of
federal agencies and also relies on
grants from foundations and
gifts from individuals
necessary funding for staff,
programs and materials.
represents a fundamental change in
criminal justice from retributive
justice to restorative justice.
Horizon implements its mission and
vision by establishing faith-based
residential programs in prisons. A
prison wing - and even an entire prison
- is converted into a living and
learning environment, and programs are
presented by volunteers that effect an
inner transformation of inmates,
enabling them to live with others in
mutual support, trust and respect – a
critical need in reentry preparation.
- Increased personal responsibility
- Increased family responsibility
- Increased employability
Horizon seeks to work with all stakeholders to achieve the common mission of transforming lives of the incarcerated and their families.
Horizon Communities are communities
of respect, of the institution, of self,
of others. Horizon participants model
respect in their language and actions,
fostering respect for human difference,
be they religious, racial, gender, age,
the Horizon experience is community and
family. Organized into "pod families,"
programs focus on improving personal and
family relations, restoring family
Horizon Communities in Prisons are inclusive of
the major religious traditions that are
supported by the local community
surrounding that prison. While the
largest majority (over 95%) of
participants are Christian, no effort is
made for conversion toward those who are
not. To date, this multi-faith approach
has built bridges of respect and
understanding among inmates, volunteers,
staff and clergy far beyond anyone’s
The ultimate aim of the Horizon community is
to grow in service to others and God.
sacrificial presence of volunteers
constitutes the mystery of the healing
presence of the community.
opens its procedures and programs to all
who will come and see.
Horizon programs stress education, the
willingness to learn and change in all
facets of life.