The Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) Extended Day program announces an Extended Day program . This innovative program is designed for individuals who are working, who are enrolled in transitional vocational programs through their school districts, or who are otherwise available for learning in the afternoon or evenings. The program will run Monday thru Thursday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Regularly scheduled activities will include:
- Daily group meetings and debriefings
- Social communication instruction
- Independent living skills (e.g., meal preparation, grocery shopping, apartment maintenance, laundy)
- Community access
- Skill-building classes and groups (e.g., goal setting, self awareness, self advocacy, managing emotions, etc.)
For more information, please call the Office of Admissions at (203) 397-1714, ext. 148 or an email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three individuals from Chapel Haven have been hired to work at the new Stop & Shop supermarket on Whalley Avenue in the Dwight neighborhood of New Haven.
Seth L. and Shane S., both second-year students in the REACH program, have obtained part-time jobs and Andrew Lorentz, a second-year student in the ASAT program has been hired full-time. Congratulations to all 3!
Matt Tietjen, supervisor of the REACH program, was instrumental in helping the three individuals get hired. The students filled out job applications with the help of Chapel Haven and sent them in, and then attended a hiring fair at the new Stop & Shop. Little did they know that they would have a lot of company when they went to the jobs fair.
“There were hundreds of people lined up outside of the store,” Matt noted. “The students signed in and then we just came back here” with an assumption that it would be tough to get a job based on the massive turnout. But Matt noted, “Seth got a call and went down the next day for an interview and got the job” and the other job offers followed.
“We later learned that there were 2,600 applicants vying for 140 positions,” Matt said.
Matt credits Ann Demchak, a manager at Stop & Shop, for her willingness to hire Chapel Haven clients. “Ann is so committed to making it work for our students. I was impressed that they have 140 new employees and she still is able to look at our students and find something that will fit for them.”
Stop & Shop has a tradition of hiring Chapel Haven clients. Currently, a number of Chapel Haven community members work at the Stop & Shop in the Amity section of New Haven and have maintained an enviable work record.
Helping students become job-ready is part of both the REACH and ASAT programs, especially an emphasis through work internships on learning the soft skills necessary for employment success. “The students all learn so many skills in the residence as part of the program. They’ve filled in the last piece of the puzzle by getting jobs. They can now be independent,” Matt noted.
CARF International has awarded Chapel Haven with a three-year re-accreditation and many accolades along the way.
After a comprehensive, three-day visit facilitated by Sherry Robitaille, director of quality assurance at Chapel Haven, we were delighted to receive word that CARF has once again agreed to accredit Chapel Haven for a period of three years. The latest accreditation is the fourth consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Chapel Haven and we were found to be in compliance with 96% of CARF’s rigorous standards, our best outcome yet.
CARF said it most eloquently with this comment: “A philosophy of excellence pervades the organization and is clearly spearheaded from the top down. Persons served are treated with respect and dignity. Their wishes and choices are considered extremely important and it is clear that the staff members are committed to ensuring that action is taken whenever possible.”
In a detailed report, CARF summarized its findings. Click here to read the details: Here are some excerpts:
- CARF was impressed with Chapel Haven’s 14-member Board of Directors. “The board is actively engaged and knowledgeable in the services the organization offers. Board members are great advocates and ambassadors” of Chapel Haven.
- The management team is experienced and “displays genuine passion for the organization’s mission and dedication to the person served. They are well respected by persons served, families and other stakeholders.”
- Chapel Haven’s families and clients are happy, as evidenced in surveys and feedback. “Stakeholders report very high satisfaction with the organizations performance and quality services.” CARF also commended Chapel Haven for giving its clients “multiple opportunities to provide feedback.”
- Chapel Haven Enjoys Sound Financial Management
- Chapel Haven offers an admissions process that is comprehensive and provides “a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s strengths and needs” through a one-week visit, followed by a detailed written report. For those candidates deemed ineligible for services, Chapel Haven provides recommendations for alternatives, information that is extremely helpful to the family served.
- Chapel Haven enjoys strong communications, including this e-newsletter, articles in media publications and regular meetings with families.
- Chapel Haven has a great mentoring program for students, including the sixth largest Best Buddies chapter in the country, offers a plethora of activities in the community and maintains great relationships with local employers and colleges
The CARF accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.