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Our October Newsletter

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

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Lisa Houck | Disabilities Services Coordinator

Staff Spotlight: Lisa Houck

Every month, we'll be introducing a new member of our staff. This month's staff spotlight features Lisa Houck, our Disability Services Coordinator!

Q: Who are you, what do you do at PH, and where are you from?

A: "Lisa Houck, I'm married and together my husband and I have 4 children. 1 daughter who's 23 and 3 sons, 15, 12, 11. I am the Disabilities Services Coordinator and I'm from a little town called Mullens, WV."

Q: What led you to Lexington and the work you do now?

A: "I came to Lexington area because my husband, who is from my home town also, relocated here a few years before we reconnected 5 years ago and we decided to stay here. I have always had a passion for trying to help others and I met some amazing people that led me here and I knew it's where I wanted to be. This cause is very personal for me and if I can help just one victim, it's worth it."

Q: What’s the best part of your job?

A: "I love that I can have a part in bringing more awareness and compassion to the community and to our clients. Being able to be a part of helping victims begin a new life and make it successful is the most amazing thing."

Q: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

A: "I love ALL sports, my favorite being gymnastics and I also have a love for theatre."

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The 2021 LatinX Festival

The Lexington LatinX Festival: A Look Back

Project Horizon was pleased to host Lexington's Third Annual LatinX Festival in Hopkins Green on Monday, September 20th.

This year's celebration included a dance festival, face painting, a balloon blower, a taco stand and a live band.

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Project Horizon Staff lead a dance

The LatinX Celebration Dance Competition is sponsored by Muchacho Alegre Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill.

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W&L's ESOL, W&L's Immigration Clinic, 50 Ways, Habitat for Humanity, Lexington Democrats, United Way, and Rockbridge Area Health Center all had booths providing resources and information for those in attendance.

The Lexington Pride Festival

Please join us for our second annual Lexington Pride Festival! The festival will take place tomorrow, October 2nd, from 2pm to 6pm at Hopkins Green in Lexington. The festivities will include a drag show, a costume contest, and a parade!

Funding for the Lexington Pride and Latinx Festival is provided by United Way of Rockbridge.

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Janice Burguieres, board president, delivers closing remarks at our SAAM Speak Out earlier this year

LGBTQIA+ Service and Speak Out

Please join us for our first Speak Out in recognition of LGBTQIA+ History Month on October 10th at 4pm at Good Shephard Lutheran Church.

LGBTQIA+ individuals will have a chance to share about their coming out story or their experiences, and listen to others' stories.

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The 2020 Play for Peace Golf Tournament

The Play for Peace Golf Tournament

Project Horizon is excited to announce our seventh annual Play for Peace Golf Tournament on Friday, October 15th at 10:30 AM at Lexington Golf and Country Club. Winnable prizes include a new car courtesy of Magic City Ford, cash prizes, door prizes, and tickets to a major sporting event!

Team entries and event sponsorships are available now. To enter your team, please fill out the registration form and send it to Ellen Wheeler at 120 Varner Ln, Lexington Va 24450 or

Play for Peace 2021 Golf Tournament Registration
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Please join us at the activities and events mentioned above as part of our ongoing recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us in wearing purple in recognition and follow us on social media for information and resources all month long.

Deck the Halls is Back!

Save the date now, because Deck the Halls is back on December 11 at 5:30 PM. Tickets will go on sale later this month. Email for more information.

Held every year in early December, this event provides an elegant dinner with live music and dancing and a silent auction.

The real entertainment, however is our live auction. Generous donations from local business and community members make Deck the Hall a wonderful evening.

All funds raised are used locally to provide services for domestic and sexual violence.

Project Horizon will follow recommendations from the CDC, VDH, and VMI. Any announced restrictions are subject to change.

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