Founded in 1992, New Horizon is composed of veterans who served their country honorably and who have some time suffered the pain and agony of substance abuse but are now in recovery. Using spiritual music, we attempt to reach out to others in dealing with the devastating social problems of alcohol and drugs, and the impact addiction has on the lives of the substance abuser, his/her family and friends, and the community as a whole. Through our musical outreach ministry we deliver a message of hope for substance abusers and, at the same time, we honor our nation’s veterans.
Starting with just twelve members, New Horizon's growth and progression is, and continues to be, miraculous. There are now more than thirty active members, both men and women. To become a member of New Horizon, individuals must be an honorably discharged veteran from the U.S. military, must be actively practicing recovery, and must undergo a probationary period during which they, and the executive staff of New Horizon, determine whether or not they are willing to make the necessary commitment to this ministry.
New Horizon has performed for a wide variety of audiences in the surrounding community, and throughout Virginia and other states, such as military groups, political groups, service organizations, government groups, churches, civic organizations, congressional representatives, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Governor of Maryland, the Mayor of Hampton, the Bishop of Richmond, private receptions, schools, sororities, fraternities, ministers' conferences, and many others. We have won numerous local, state, and national competitions in the performing arts since first starting. In 1997, we were the subject of an in-depth television documentary entitled "How I Got Over". In May, 2001, we completed recording a CD entitled "Sending Up Our Timbers".