It’s 2017 – the perfect time to start planning the next step of the journey toward adult independence for your son, daughter or client! Chapel Haven’s 2017 open houses are a great way to see our programs and explore the transition into adulthood.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
10 a.m. to noon
1040 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT
This event includes a light breakfast, overview of Chapel Haven, student/parent panels and a tour of Chapel Haven’s REACH and Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) programs. Also learn about the supports Chapel Haven offers for day, summer and supported living programming.
Pre-registration required. Register here
What do parents say about Chapel Haven?
Leslie and Alan Pearson of New York City, were surprised at how well their son, Jacob, gained his independence. “What we were looking for was not for Jacob to stop school right away,” said Leslie. “By being in the REACH program and living in an apartment, but not independently at first, he was able over the two years to really learn the skills you need to then be able to go into the community.”
Jacob’s Dad, Alan, adds: “It’s been very gratifying for me to see how Jacob has grown and matured and developed in the Chapel Haven community, starting from when he was a resident for two years – coming up to visit him and seeing how well he interacted with the other young men in his apartment.”
Harriet and Len Schleifer of Chappaqua, NY, have also been amazed at the independent life their son, David, is leading at Chapel Haven.
“Chapel Haven has changed David’s life. He has a place to go to and a purpose. He is an independent person and he’s happy out of our home. I feel very good about his safety and his happiness,” Harriet says.
Harriet visited several programs before choosing Chapel Haven.
“It struck me immediately upon coming to Chapel Haven that it had the classroom structure I was looking for because you never stop learning. I was looking for constant development for David – and it had the structure and the recreational opportunities I wanted. The kindness and understanding of the staff is priceless. The staff is what makes the program and altogether, I knew I could comfortably leave my son to grow on his own.”
Danae and Eric Delman chose the Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) program at Chapel Haven for their son, Zach, and they are pleased that he now lives in the New Haven community with just a few select supports. Zach works and has recently completed an associate’s degree from Gateway Community College.
“Chapel Haven empowers students to go out into the community and do things on their own,” said Danae. “They don’t want to hold them back. They want their students to go out and learn the bus system and go on their own. They want them to go to the local community college and get a degree. Chapel Haven is unique in that they really want to see these kids become independent and fly.”
Adds Eric, “Zach has become really good at managing his life, such as going to the social security office, or even to his bank, the pharmacy, etc. He is able to speak up for himself, ask the right questions and get the problem solved. Seeing him achieve all that was an incredible feeling.”