Be an Early Bird and Apply this Fall to REACH
Chapel Haven is delighted to offer an “Early Bird” incentive for families applying to the REACH program this fall.
Families who complete the application process prior to December 15 will receive an “early decision” discount on the week visit required as part of the REACH application process.
In the traditional REACH (Residential Education at Chapel Haven) program, based in New Haven, Conn., adults 18+ with mild developmental disabilities and autism live apartment-style in an intensive 24-month Residential Life Skills program on the Chapel Haven campus. They learn to negotiate all aspects of independent living while enjoying a state approved education program and a nationally accredited transitional living program. Upon graduation, they may choose to continue living in the area and receive continued supports from Chapel Haven.
For more information or to schedule your visit, contact the Office of Admissions at (203) 397-1714, ext. 185 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to learn more about the REACH program: REACH 2013 brochure
For three weeks Chapel Haven Out to Art students, along with teachers, met to create this fabulous poster for the Connecticut Art Docent Network Symposium, “Art For All.”
The project was led by Jaime Ursic; Assistant Curator of Education at Yale Center for British Art, using George Stubbs’s “Zebra” as a model.
The group peeled hundreds of crayons to create layers of color hot-glued together. Silhouettes of people were superimposed over the painting to create the effect of art lovers viewing it.
Chapel Haven Chargers Take #1!
Even though the competition was tough, the athletes and coaches did a wonderful job and were able to place 1st in their division! Students also took place in a “skills” competition held at Kennedy Memorial Park in East Haven. Eight students tested their ability to throw, run, hit, and catch…..skills all needed in the game of softball! They did a wonderful job competing and all came home with an award!
Visit Chapel Haven this fall and find out more about this nationally accredited, award winning agency. Chapel Haven’s mission is to provide lifelong, individualized supports for people with developmental and social disabilities, empowering them to live independent and self-determined lives!
Chapel Haven’s fall open houses are an ideal way to explore the next step for the adult in your life. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Follow the links below to sign up.
Fall dates are:
Friday, October 30, 2015, 9-11 a.m., Chapel Haven (New Haven, CT 1040 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut
Light breakfast, overview of Chapel Haven, student panels and a tour of Chapel Haven’s two residential programs, REACH and Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition Program. Halloween craft activity will be offered. Use this link to register for the Oct. 30 New Haven open House: Register here for Chapel Haven Fall Open House
Oct. 30 Chapel Haven West Open House, 9-11 a.m. (MST), 1701 N. Park Avenue, Tucson, Arizona
Refreshments, overview of Chapel Haven West, workshop on social communication facilitated by Chapel Haven West’s speech and language pathologist, tours with students who will share their experiences negotiating their path toward independence. Use this link to register for the Friday, Oct. 30 Open House at our Tucson, AZ campus:
Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Transition Time: Tips on Life After High School
(New Haven, CT Campus):
Join the Chapel Haven Admissions team for coffee and light breakfast as we discuss “Life After High School: Moving Out and Making It,” an informal event that will include a brief overview of Chapel Haven and advice on how to find a quality program. Time for Q&A.
Register for Coffee with Admissions using this link: Nov. 12 Coffee with Admissions, New Haven Campus
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Chapel Haven Open House, New Haven, CT
Light breakfast, overview of Chapel Haven, student panels and a tour of Chapel Haven’s two residential programs, REACH and Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition Program. Use this link to register for the Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 Open House, New Haven, CT Campus: Saturday, Dec. 5 Open House, New Haven campus
Saturday, Dec. 5 Open House, Chapel Haven West 1701 N. Park Avenue, Tucson, AZ
Refreshments, overview of Chapel Haven West, workshop on social communication facilitated by Chapel Haven West’s speech and language pathologist, tours with students who will share their experiences negotiating their path toward independence. Use this link to register for the Saturday, Dec. 5, Chapel Haven West Open House in Tucson, AZ: Chapel Haven West Saturday, Dec. 5 Open House
For additional information or to register, contact: Christy Chandler, Associate Director of Admissions,
email@example.com, 203.397.1714, x185
Chapel Haven is already known as a happy place for its employers and the adults we serve. Our staff turnover rate is an enviable 6 percent in a field where the rate is often 50 percent or higher, meaning staff like what they are doing and they stay with it!
But things have gotten even better with a Chapel Haven Wellness program implemented by fitness-minded President Michael Storz and recognized statewide with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Workplace Wellness Award. Along with Easter Seals, Elim Park and Shubert Theatre, Chapel Haven was recognized by the chamber’s Health Care Council June 9 during a packed ceremony at Masonicare in Wallingford. Read more below about all we are doing on our campus. Continue reading
The 2015 CT Tennis Open is coming Aug. 21-29 and will feature some of the biggest stars in women’s tennis, along with food, activities and…Chapel Haven!
Chapel Haven is a tournament sponsor. Stop by our booth during the open to win some cool giveaways and learn more about our award-winning agency. Also, book your tickets now for the 7th Annual Adaptive Tennis Day at the CT Open, a day of fun and activities, including the chance to meet professional tennis players, frolic in the Aetna Fitzone and experience world-class tennis matches. More details below!
In addition, you can buy your tournament tickets and support Chapel Haven. You can catch all the excitement and help raise money for Chapel Haven by purchasing tickets for the 2015 Connecticut Open and 50% of your total net purchase will go back to Chapel Haven. It’s that easy!
How to purchase your tickets:
Visit www.ctopen.org and select daily tickets from the Tickets and Travel drop down menu.
Select your session of choice and enter code CO15CH. You must use this code in order for Chapel Haven to receive 50% of your order.
To purchase your tickets by phone or for questions, please contact Jessica Malinconico at (203) 776-7331, ext. 5872.
About the 7th Annual Adaptive Tennis Day, Wednesday, Aug. 26:
Chapel Haven will host a booth at the tennis open and is also a sponsor of the 7th Annual Adaptive Tennis Day at the CT Open on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the event will include an Adaptive Tennis Clinic in the Aetna Fitzone facilitated by our own Chapel Haven parent and tennis instructor par-excellence Jerry Weil! The day also includes a private meet-and-greet session with a women’s tour player, wheelchair exhibition matches in grandstand, a Connecticut Hornets Found Robin wheelchair tennis match ad fun activities in the Aena Fitzone. Stop by the Chapel Haven booth during the CT Open to win some neat give-aways and to learn more about our award-winning agency!
Tickets to the Adaptive Tennis Day are only $18 for juniors and $35 for adults. For more information, call Christie Cole at CT Open, (203) 776-7331 ext. 5811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This popular event typically raises in excess of $30,000, with proceeds benefiting various campus projects. Participants have the chance to bid on a host of raffle prizes (from themed baskets to overnight hotel stays) at the event.
For more information, contact Michael Verzella, Director of Recreation, at (203) 397-1714, ext. 129, or email@example.com.
Jerome I. Rossman, Jr., 88 years old, formerly of Scarsdale and Purchase, New York, passed away peacefully at his home in Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, surrounded by his family.
Jerry proudly served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps. He was a truly kind man who had many significant friendships in all aspects of his life, and will be remembered dearly by all for his keen sense of humor, his loyalty and his love of family.
Jerry dedicated his life to furthering education and independence for individuals who learn differently. He served as Chairman of the Board of The Maplebrook School in Amenia, NY which focuses on quality academic programs for youngsters with learning differences. Maplebrook provides individualized instruction, where students are assisted in reaching his/her academic, social, vocational and physical potential. Jerry and his wife, Eva, were deeply involved with Maplebrook and the Maplebrook “Parents Association” for many years, which their son, Peter, attended.
As Peter was graduating from Maplebrook, Jerry and two other Maplebrook parents founded Chapel Haven, with the vision to establish an independent living facility in New Haven, CT providing lifelong individualized services for people with developmental and social disabilities, empowering them to live independent and self-determined lives. Jerry’s devotion and determination paid off. Today, Chapel Haven is an award-winning, nationally accredited school and transitional program serving 250-plus adults with a variety of abilities and needs. Chapel Haven teaches independent living.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Eva; his adoring children, Peter Rossman, Karen Fleck and Bryan Fleck, husband of Karen. He was predeceased by his parents, Jerome and Alva Rossman and his sisters, Florence Asch and Barbara Engel.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Maplebrook School.
Chapel Haven President Michael Storz said, “On a personal level, I am very saddened. Jerry was an incredible friend and champion of state-of-the-art programming for our population. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jerry and his family for their tireless work and incredible vision in cofounding the agency we all know and love today. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
More than 100 area golfers signed up and enjoyed a great day of golf at Chapel Haven’s first Chapel Haven Golf Classic September 29 at the New Haven Country Club in Hamden, CT.
Golf Chair Peggy Baker, a Chapel Haven parent and a frequent golfer, said she was pleased that Chapel Haven’s first golf outing ever drew 109 golfers and a packed crowd of 140 people for the dinner capping the event in the evening.
Chapel Haven President Michael Storz said special thanks are due to presenting sponsors, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Alexion Pharmaceuticals.
The event also garnered a feature story in the Oct. 5 New Haven Register, focusing on Allison Haines, a graduates of Chapel Haven’s REACH program who lives in our community, works at the Barnes and Noble store at Yale, and enjoys many hobbies, including golf. To read the story, click here: Allison Haines Adds Another Milestone.
To see a photo album from the event, click here: Chapel Haven Golf Classic
The event was so successful, planning is already underway for next year’s golf classic.
Storz credited parent Peggy Baker for laying the groundwork for the tournament. “We have more than 40 corporate and business partners in Greater New Haven who fully support our mission of providing services to adults with disabilities,” Storz said. “The purpose of the golf classic was to not only celebrate our wonderful track record with current businesses, but to attract and engage even more New Haven-based businesses who may want to support what we do. Many of the golfers who joined us were impressed with our mission and we are hopeful we’ve created some ”
Storz said Yale-New Haven Hospital and Alexion were chosen as top sponsors “because they have been model partners to Chapel Haven, and we believe their investment in our adults paves the way for other businesses to follow suit.”
Yale-New Haven Hospital partnered with Chapel Haven in 2013 to host the first Project SEARCH location in the state. Project SEARCH is a national one-year, high school transition program for students with disabilities that provides training and education with the goal of obtaining competitive employment. Through Project SEARCH, Chapel Haven participants spend a year rotating through different YNHH departments, trying their hands at a variety of roles. The goal is to help clients gain job skills, learn to work in a team, understand the rules of a workplace and be better positioned to move into paid employment. They work five hours a day and gain several hours more of classroom instruction, all at the hospital.
Alexion partnered with Chapel Haven to employ a young man who graduated from Chapel Haven’s Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition program in a full-time, human resources auditor position.
Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school founded in 1972 in New Haven, Connecticut, 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’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT), and Chapel Haven West (Tucson, AZ).
The Regional Games were held at Weston High School.
Recreation Supervisor Michael Verzella said Chapel Haven athletes did an excellent job in all competitions. He also extended a big thanks to the coaches and volunteers who turned out to help with the event.
Check out more photos on Chapel Haven’s Facebook page!