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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.



Autism Awareness Day at the Connecticut Tennis Open has new features

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz at last year's Autism Awareness Day with Joe Winnick and tennis pros.

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz at last year’s Autism Awareness Day with Joe Winnick and tennis pros.

New Haven, Conn (Aug. 4, 2016) – The second annual Autism Awareness Day Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the CT Open will have some new features, including an autism-friendly space in the Nexus Lounge, where families will have the chance to make crafts with staff from Chapel Haven and ASD Fitness Gym.

The first 1,000 through the gate on Autism Awareness Day will receive a special gift.

 “We want to get the word out to special needs families, that this is an ideal day to enjoy tennis and fun activities in a sensory-friendly environment,” Chapel Haven President Michael Storz said. Chapel Haven and ASD Fitness Center are the sponsors of the day.

Autism Awareness Day will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will include adaptive tennis clinics, on-site booths related to autism, and a chance to mingle with tennis pros. To help create further awareness, Chapel Haven and ASD Fitness Center are delighted to announce the hospitality suite as a sensory-friendly environment where families can watch tennis, enjoy snacks and engage in fun activities. Chapel Haven’s Art Director, Tina Menchetti, is teaming with the Yale Center for British Art to provide fun craft activities. ASD Fitness Gym also will man some activity booths, including the chance to make your own uniquely decorated tennis ball to take home.

Jerry Weil, a seasoned adaptive tennis instructor who leads a tennis program year-round for Chapel Haven, will help lead the tennis clinics at the event.

To purchase tickets, please call Tim Curry at (203) 776-7331, ext. 5811. Tickets are $18 for juniors and $36 for adults.

CT Open 2016 - Autism Awareness Day FlyerChapel Haven and ASD are delighted to be part of the 2016 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, August 19-27, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, an event that also raises awareness about causes and local non profits.

“The tournament is a unique nonprofit organization,” said Anne Worcester, tournament director, Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies. “As a 501(c)(3), we’re in a fortunate position where we can leverage the power of women’s tennis to help other organizations raise both awareness and critical funds. We do this through our incredible fans and our sponsors, who are able to bring their causes to the tournament in a fun, engaging atmosphere.”

About Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies
Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is owned by the State of Connecticut and is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization. The event has always existed to give back to the community, and has always been much more than just a tennis tournament; it is a leading example of leveraging a large-scale international sporting event to generate millions of dollars in regional economic impact and build community pride, spirit and engagement, especially among youth. The women’s-only WTA event will be held August 19-27, 2016 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, and features five different competitions including WTA qualifying, WTA singles, WTA doubles, Men’s Legends, and the US Open National Playoffs Championship. The Connecticut Open is prominently featured domestically on ESPN2 and is also broadcast in 160 countries around the world. For more information about the tournament and tickets, visit www.ctopen.org/order or call 1-877-842-3003.


Chapel Haven Fall Open Houses: See Our Programs in Action

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:

Join us Thursday evening, September 15, 2016

from 5-7 p.m., New Haven

REACH grad 2016

Chapel Haven, 1040 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut
Light dinner, 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.
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Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

from 10-noon, New Haven
Pre-registration required.

Interested in Chapel Haven West?

Join us Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Tucson, AZ campus

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 invites interested families out to lunch at a popular recreation spot.
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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).

Chapel Haven West announces Oct. 1 Open House and Lunch on the Town

CHW at U of A gameTUCSON, AZ – Families of young adults with autism spectrum disorders and social disabilities are cordially invited to attend an open house at Chapel Haven West to learn more about how this award-winning agency can lead to a happy and productive adult life.

Please join us Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 10 to noon at Chapel Haven West (MST) for a light breakfast, program overview, a tour, and the chance to talk with staff and students about the path to independent living. As an added bonus, your son/daughter is cordially invited to join our current students and recreation staff for lunch out on the town in sunny, Tucson AZ.

Pre-registration is kindly requested. Register by clicking on this link:

Questions? Please call the Chapel Haven Office of Admissions at (203) 397-1714, ext. 148 or ext. 185 for more details. Request a brochure by sending an email to admission@chapelhaven.org.


Chapel Haven West in Tucson, AZ provides residential transition and lifelong supports for adults 18+ with autism spectrum disorders and related social disabilities. This 24-month transition program focuses in four key areas: social communicative competency; independent living, self-determination, and college/vocational exploration. Students live in an apartment complex within walking distance a few blocks from the University of Arizona. They learn apartment management skills along with cooking, budgeting, grocery shopping and doing laundry while also gaining confidence in social communication.


The program’s close proximity to the University of Arizona provides a rich array of benefits for Chapel Haven West students, including college classes, recreation and job shadowing opportunities.
Chapel Haven West is a satellite program of Chapel Haven Inc., founded in New Haven, Conn. in 1972 and dedicated to providing a lifelong program of individualized support services for adults with cognitive and social disabilities, enabling them to live independent and productive lives. The agency is celebrating its 44rd anniversary.

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 sponsors Autism Awareness Day at the CT tennis open

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz and community member Joe Winnick mingling at center court with stars of womens' tennis.

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz and community member Joe Winnick mingling at center court with stars of womens’ tennis.

For the second consecutive summer, Chapel Haven is sponsoring Autism Awareness Day at the  Connecticut Open professional tennis tournament!

Chapel Haven is joining with ASD Fitness to sponsor this fun-filled day, Autism Awareness Day on Weds., Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Connecticut Tennis Center.
Tickets are $18 for juniors and $36 for adults. To purchase tickets, call Tim Curry at (203) 776-7331, ext. 5811, or email: tcurry@ctopen.org.
Last year’s event was well attended by families from all over the region, who enjoyed the chance to take part in the tennis tournament with clinics, games and activities.
The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies – is a WTA event taking place at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, CT from August 19-27, 2016.  The tournament leverages the excitement of world-class women’s tennis to benefit the community and maximize support for women’s, youth and Military causes in Connecticut.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join Chapel Haven for AUTISM AWARENESS DAY (Session 6) on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, 11:00am-4:00pm. Click here to see a flyer about the program.

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

Chapel 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.

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.

Chapel Haven receives courtyard and Rossman makeover

Courtyard improvements 2016

The photo above shows the amazing transformation of Chapel Haven’s courtyard.

It’s makeover time at Chapel Haven!

Thanks to the generosity of a family choosing to remain unnamed, Chapel Haven’s courtyard and REACH (Rossman) residential building have received an amazing makeover.

This transformation has created communal spaces that are bright, warm and welcoming, inviting our individuals to rest, socialize and recharge.

The project includes:

  • Renovating the Chapel Haven courtyard with new pavers, landscaping and beautiful outdoor furnishings – making this an attractive place for our students and community members to congregate and socialize
  • Sprucing up the basketball court and replacing what we have with a new, commercial-grade basketball stanchion and hoop.
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    Newly refurbished student lounge

    All new furnishings in the student lounge

  • The creation of a new rec room and gathering space on the first floor of the Rossman residence, with new furnishings, a gaming center, installation of rec-room activities like Ping Pong, large-screen TVs for watching the ball games and other fun activities


Community Life room makeover now includes a rec room for REACH students to enjoy.

Community Life room makeover now includes a rec room for REACH students to enjoy.

  • The installation of brand-new flooring and an attractive new color scheme for the hallways and stairwells of the Rossman residence; replacement of all doors in the building, including and apartment doors and corridors with solid-grain, wooden doors (goodbye, institutional metal doors!) and new signage. The work also includes new lighting to brighten the ground-floor student lounge, rec room and corridors

Progress photos were shared on our Facebook. f you haven’t already, please “like” the Chapel Haven Facebook page to stay in touch on news of this exciting new development.