Chapel Haven held an open house on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Celebrating 40 years of independent living, families have the chance to visit Chapel Haven and see our programs in action, including martial arts, life skills instruction in our apartments, healthy cooking and ceramics demos. Chapel Haven offered tours of two of our programs – REACH and the Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition program.
Chapel Haven celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday, April 27 with a gala celebration attended by nearly 500 people at Woodwinds in Branford, CT. Thank you to Ron Guerrucci, a Supported Living staffer, for lending his photographic talents for the evening, to David O. for his photo contributions, and to Craig A., an ASAT student, for creating the photo album.
Members of Chapel Haven's Community Life Program teamed up with Tina Menchetti and her Out to Art Class for a big treat recently: a guided tour of Westville by historian Colin Caplan.
REACH teacher Alicia Earnesty and the Student Government organized a Chapel Haven Walkathon on Friday, June 1, 2012 at Edgewood Park. The event raised money for the Surviving Bullying organization, Make-a-Wish and Chapel Haven’s Student Government.
On July 10 and 11, Chapel Haven welcomed in the Class of 2014 with a host of orientation activities. Second-year students and community members joined in the fun.
The Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) and Chapel Haven West programs enjoyed busy orientations in July. New students are settling in and getting comfortable with both 24-month programs.
Chapel Haven held a Bowlathon in October attended by students, community members, family and friends. The event raised $23,000 toward the David Poole Scholarship Fund and technology upgrades at Chapel Haven.
Chapel Haven's Expressive Drama program had an enthusiastic audience as students performed this original play based on songs and performances about either love or chocolate. The event took place in December.
Chapel Haven's popular Family Brunch drew a crowd of 470 to Woodwinds on Sunday, April 28, 2013 and carried the theme, "What Chapel Haven Means to Me."
Saturday, May 18 was Green-up, Clean-Up Day at Chapel Haven and many students, staff and community members volunteered time to brighten the campus.
The SAIL program had a fun time during spring break with a series of day outings. From the Beardsley zoo and the movies, to taking the train into New York City for lunch at the Hard Rock Café and shopping, everybody had a ball. To see some photos, click here. For summer break, SAIL will visit the Norwalk aquarium, Look Memorial Park in Northhampton, MA (paddle boats, mini golf, petting zoo), Essex Steamtrain and Riverboat ride and a day at the beach.
Tina Menchetti's new drumming class this fall had everyone exploring the value of drumming to ward off stress and enjoy self expression.
Chapel Haven is in its second year of Project Search. Chapel Haven students and community members are enjoying interning in three different rotations at Yale-New Haven Hospital. They are learning a lot!