The Sheltered Training Center of Morris County was founded with 8 trainees.
On April 12, 1958, the Sheltered Training Center of Morris County opened its doors on Speedwell Avenue.
In 1961, the Sheltered Training Center had grown and needed a new location. It was moved to Lackawanna Place in Morristown, to a 8,500 sq. ft. 2 story wooden building. It now served 25-30 clients.
In November of 1963, the name was changed to Occupational Training Center for the Handicapped.
In November of 1971, the organization purchased the Lackawanna Place building for $75k. This gave the Occupational Training Center for the Handicapped (OTCH) a new goal to serve an increased number of people.
In July of 1975, the location at 10 Ridgedale Ave, Cedar Knolls was purchased. At this time, the OTCH was serving 90-100 clients.
In the spring of 1980, OTCH was accredited by CARF. We have continued to maintain CARF accreditation.
In 1985, the name was changed to remove “for the handicapped,” making the new name the Occupational Training Center (OTC).
In April of 1987, the OTC received a grant from the Morris County Department of Human Services. With this grant, the OTC implemented a supported employment program, providing job coaching and follow-along services after job placement.
In 1993, office space was rented at 14 Ridgedale Avenue. A new program, “Employment Horizons,” was created to provide vocational assessment and employment services to a more diverse population in the least restrictive environment. This program made available community based services to individuals who did not desire to participate in the facility based training program.
In 1994, the Employment Horizons program became licensed as a temporary employment agency. Also in 1994, lawn care equipment was purchased and a grounds-keeping training program was initiated to expand opportunities for clients.
In 1995, Picatinny Arsenal contracted with the OTC for basic cleaning services. This site provided full time work opportunities for 5 clients throughout the year.
Effective February 1, 2000 the name of the agency officially changed from the OTC of Morris County to Employment Horizons, Inc. Also in 2000, as a result of the dedication and capabilities of our workers, Picatinny Arsenal awarded our Commercial Services Department a janitorial contract for the entire base (150 buildings).
In 2005, Employment Horizons was named “Outstanding Community Rehabilitation Agency” by ACCSES NJ (Association for Choices of Community Supports and Employment Services).
On May 1, 2008 the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the addition to the main building. This addition would allow the programs currently at 14 Ridgedale Ave to move to the 10 Ridgedale Ave location, as well as provide upgrades to the existing facility.
On May 1, 2009 the ribbon cutting for the new building was held. The size of the building more than doubled with the addition of 22,000 sq. ft.
On July 22, 2010 Employment Horizons began the grounds keeping and trash removal contract with Picatinny Arsenal, again expanding the services provided at the location and work opportunities for program participants.
In 2011, the Culinary Arts Training Program began training individuals to prepare and serve lunch. The building expansion allowed Employment Horizons to open Café Horizons and the new cafeteria, providing program participants and staff with the opportunity to purchase lunch 3 days per week. This would later grow to 5 days a week.
Began Video Based Training Program to provide additional support and training to program participants
First Taste of Spring fundraiser held
Arthur and Carol Grant Internship Program established