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Chapel Haven 2nd Annual Golf Classic a Sellout!

Chapel Haven’s 2nd Annual Golf Classic was a sellout!

More than 130 golfers put the event at capacity at the New Haven Country Club under beautiful skies Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Golf Chair Peggy Baker said the turnout was gratifying. “We are thrilled that so many friends and sponsors in our community took the time to support this annual event, and, ultimately, to embrace Chapel Haven’s mission. We had a wonderful time and we remain as committed as ever to letting our community know about the state-of-the-art programs we offer at Chapel Haven to adults with a wide range of abilities.”

Peggy Baker, Golf Chair, had a great time on the links with community member Allison Haines.

To see photos from the event, click here.

Jewish Student Organization Starts a New Year

Rabbi Sommer co-teaches classes at Chapel Haven.

Rabbi Sommer co-teaches classes at Chapel Haven.

Chapel Haven’s Jewish Student Organization kicks off a new year on Wednesday, September 21 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel Haven library.

And, there is much to celebrate. Convened twice a month in the Chapel Haven library by Rabbi Hesch Sommer and social worker Rachel Scolnic-Dobin of Jewish Family Service, the group will gear up to study and celebrate some of the holiest and festive holidays on the Jewish calendar.

Organization members meet two times monthly on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the library, with Sommer leading one week and JFS social worker Rachel Scolnic Dobin another. While Sommer focuses on religious teaching, Dobin handles etiquette, daily living, holiday observances and activities through the Jewish Community Center.

Chapel Haven’s Jewish Student Organization – unique to Chapel Haven – falls under the auspices of JFS’ Shalom Group, which serves Jewish individuals in the New Haven area who have developmental needs. The Shalom Group seeks to help the individuals experience holiday observance, Torah study and shared fellowship.

“We want them to know they are part of the Jewish community,” Sommer said. “We want to find ways to help them affirm their own Jewish identities.”

Sommer, Director of Jewish Wellness and Healing Center at Jewish Family Service, said the student group at Chapel Haven was begun several years ago and is an extension of work JFS was already doing with the Chapel Haven community.

The Jewish Student Organization is an especially valuable community for Chapel Haven residential students and community members who have a strong Jewish life at home and want to carry on traditions and learning. For more information, call Rachel Scolnic-Dobin at Jewish Family Services, (203) 389-5599, ext. 109, or Sunny Richards at Chapel Haven, (203) 397-1714, Ext. 204.

Chapel Haven Art Show Opening and Film Night at Mitchell Library

The Chatemple-grandin-moviepel Haven Family Association invites you to join us Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at Mitchell Library for a combined art opening of the Chapel Haven art guild and our next fall film showing. The Chapel Haven Art Guild comprises the work of talented artists within our community, from painting to ceramics to cartooning to photography. Join us for an art show opening 4-6 p.m. at Mitchell Library and stay on at 6 p.m. to enjoy our next film showing in our Chapel Haven Film Festival series, the movie “Temple Grandin,” starring Clare Danes in the role of Temple Grandin, an inspiring leader whose life with autism has inspired millions!

To register for the Nov. 14 event, click here:

Chapel Haven's art show is a popular way to buy unique gifts and support our talented artists!

Chapel Haven’s art show is a popular way to buy unique gifts and support our talented artists!

Among the popular items at Chapel Haven art shows are key chains and jewelry made by our artists!

Chapel Haven Annual Art Sale and Show

Chapel Haven's art show is a popular way to buy unique gifts and support our talented artists!

Chapel Haven’s art show is a popular way to buy unique gifts and support our talented artists!

Chapel Haven cordially invites you to:

Chapel Haven Art Guild Annual Art show and sale

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This popular event showcases paintings, greeting cards, ceramics and other artisan goods made by Chapel Haven’s talented artists. Mark your calendar and join us!

Chapel Haven receives great write up in Connecticut For Sale website

Chapel Haven was delighted to be featured on the Connecticut for Sale website.

You can read the story here

Connecticut Homes is a full service brokerage firm serving all of Connecticut. The company features articles of interest on its website. Thank you to the company for choosing to feature our agency.


Chapel Haven West announces new Community Life Program

Chapel West is excited to announce a  new program at Chapel Haven West called the Community Life Program.

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CHW CL mall tripModeled after similar programming at Chapel Haven’s New Haven campus, the Community Life program (CLP) is designed to offer a structured, community-focused day for individuals who are either not working or working a limited number of hours. Chapel Haven West’s CLP provides participants with opportunities to explore, interact, and volunteer in the greater Tucson area.

  • maintaining healthy lifestyles – preparing well-balanced lunches, joining fitness groups
  • increasing interpersonal skills and socialization – shared meals; group planning of activities through resources such as local newspapers, community calendars, learning to plan and host activities; participants volunteer for at places like the Hope Animal Shelter, going to the mall and exercising together
  • Taking advantage of classes taught at the Chapel Haven West campus, including social communication therapy, independent living, budgeting and handling money and cooking
  • constructively managing free time – our adults receive coaching on how to manage their daily routines

To learn more, please inquire at admission@chapelhaven.org.



Open Houses coming up for Asperger program (New Haven) and Chapel Haven West, Tucson

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It’s never too early to start planning the next step of the journey toward adult independence! Chapel Haven’s fall open houses are a great way to see our programs in action. Here are some dates this fall:

Interested in Chapel Haven West?

main-gate-square-chwJoin us Thursday, Nov. 10, 5-7 p.m. (MST) for an evening open house and workshop, Tucson, AZ

Chapel Haven West, 1701 North Park Avenue, Tucson, AZ

Light refreshments by the pool, campus tours and a chance to see independent living action! As an added bonus, Chapel Haven West’s speech pathologists will facilitate a workshop in social communication.

Register here for the Chapel Haven West open house.


Visit our ASAT program and learn more about how we build independent, confident adults.

Interested in Chapel Haven’s Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition program?

Join us Friday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a morning overview and lunch on the town in New Haven!

Light refreshments, program overview, hear from our students and staff and join us for brick-oven pizza at nearby Grimaldi’s (second location to the famous Brooklyn-based pizzeria)

Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school with a mission of teaching adults with cognitive disabilities and social disabilities to live independent and productive lives. Chapel Haven has grown to serve more than 250 adults (18 years of age and older) in the residence and the community with three distinct programs; REACH, Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT), and Chapel Haven West (Tucson, AZ).

Students gain from college-class in social communication at Southern CT State University

Second-year ASAT students enjoyed a "fundamentals of social communication" class at Southern this summer.

Second-year ASAT students enjoyed a “fundamentals of social communication” class at Southern this summer.

For the second year, second-year students at ASAT are enjoying a three-week class called Fundamentals of Social Communication at Southern Connecticut State University.

Each Monday and Wednesday, they commute to the Southern campus on their own and do coursework alongside other undergrad students in this college-level class on the basics of social communication in the Department of Communication Disorders. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they return to SCSU for social communication groups to supplement their academic work.

The class serves many purposes, according to Dr. Barbara Cook, Ed.D., CCC-SLP,  who oversees the class with Dr. Deborah Weiss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at SCSU.

“The emphasis of the course is understanding the theoretical concepts of social cognition and relating these to the workplace and the university setting,” Cook said. The class gives ASAT students greater familiarity with college-level academic work while at the same time familiarizes them with the SCSU campus. They’ve obtained SCSU student IDs as part of their registration as non-matriculated students and have taken guided tours of the new SCSU science building, Buley Library, the food court, and the departments of Art and Computer Science.

The college-level class gives students a familiarity both with the basics of social communication and also helps them explore the college campus and get to know other students.

The college-level class gives students a familiarity both with the basics of social communication and also helps them explore the college campus and get to know other students.

Learning how to navigate the world socially is vitally important, said Dr. Weiss. “It’s the key for everything that we do, whether in the workplace or in our personal relationships. The way we communicate verbally and nonverbally is really the key to success in life.”

The class fits well with one of the main tenets of Chapel Haven’s Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition program – learning the in’s and out’s of social communication. Student Anna Krause, shown in photo at left, has really enjoyed the class. “I learned so much in the three weeks of class,” she said. “I really was amazed how much I learned about myself.  For example; I learned to become more social and to be confident in myself.  I learned that sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone to really succeed.”



Chapel Haven Best Buddies Sign-Ups Underway

best_buddies_logoChapel Haven will be holding Best Buddies sign-ups beginning Monday August 1-Friday, August 12.

Community Members please see Mike V or call him at ext 129 if you would like to sign up.  REACH students should speak with their coordinating teachers if they would like to sign up.

Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chapel Haven has the largest chapter in the state and the sixth largest in the country. “It gives the students an opportunity to meet friends outside Chapel Haven,” said Michael Verzella, Supervisor of Recreation and Operations. “It expands their social opportunities.” As in any friendship the pairs choose what they want to do — it may be a movie, dinner, play, sporting event or a hike, They also have the opportunity to get together every Wednesday evening for an organized event at Chapel Haven. The friends are matched through mutual interests. “It really opens your eyes about capabilities — you can’t put a price tag on it,” Michael said.

For more information, contact Mike at (203) 397-1714, ext. 129 or mverzella@chapelhaven.org.


Chapel Haven Bowlathon Set for Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

bowlathon-trio-2Chapel Haven’s 12th annual Bowlathon is a popular staple on the fall calendar, so mark your calendars now and plan to join us Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m. at Amity Bowl, 30 Selden Street, Woodbridge, CT.

 This is a Chapel Haven fundraising event open to Chapel Haven students, community members, their families and friends and anyone interested in supporting Chapel Haven’s mission and having an awesome time. Chapel Haven takes over the bowling alley for the day!

Along with bowling in teams, participants will have the chance to browse among raffles that include prizes from jewelry to theme baskets to weekend trips away. After the Bowl-a-thon, students and families are invited to return to the Chapel Haven campus to take part in a “Bowl-a-thon Barbecue,” taking place this year in our renovated courtyard, usually on a picture-perfect day. Following the barbecue and to cap off the day, students take part in a dance in our Outreach Center.

Click 2016-bowl-a-thon-registration-form to register for the Bowlathon! Click 2016-bowl-a-thon-barbeque-form to register for the barbecue.

Want to help out as a sponsor or contribute a fun item to our raffle? Click here to see how you can help: bowl-a-thon-2016

Save the date! Mailings will be going out to all parents and students mid-August/Early September with all the information for those that want to participate and/or donate to the event and to the raffle.

Questions? Contact Mike Verzella, director of recreation and operations, at (203) 397-1714, ext. 129, or mverzella@chapelhaven.org.