Chapel Haven Unique Integration of Social Communication + Independent Livng Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:05:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Save the Date: Family Weekend Brunch Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:05:07 +0000 ANthony's

Happy Holidays to all! It’s only November, but it’s never too early to mark your calendars! Chapel Haven’s Popular Family Weekend Brunch will take place Sunday, April 17, 2016. Save the date!

Brunch Details

Anthony’s Oceanview
Chapel Haven’s popular Family Weekend Brunch is set for:
Sunday, April 17th 2016.
Time: 11:00-2:00pm
Anthony’s Ocean View
450 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512
(203) 469-9010

For directions and more information, click here: About Anthony’s Ocean View

Invites will go in the mail in 2016! For now, just save the date!

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Ski Trip to Crested Butte and other upcoming events from Chapel Haven’s Recreation Program Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:10:29 +0000 The Chapel Haven Recreation Program has many exciting things planned this winter.

Best Buddies Night at TGI Friday

Chapel Haven’s Best Buddies program in collaboration with TGI Friday’s of Hamden will be holding a Fundraiser on
Wednesday, Nov 18th. Ten percent of the proceeds collected that evening will go toward our Best Buddies program! If you are looking for a great place to eat while at the same time contributing to this very popular program at Chapel Haven, please stop by TGI Friday’s at
2335 Dixwell Ave in Hamden. Students attending are asked to bring a minimum of $25 with them to cover their food, drink, & tip. Funds raised will help go toward special events that Best Buddies implements with our current students who participate in this program (theme nights, etc)

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Special Olympics Basketball Sign-Ups!

The Recreation Department will be holding Special Olympic basketball sign-ups from Tues, Dec 1-Friday Dec 11. We cannot accept any registrations after Dec 11! Cost is $110 to participate (checks made payable to Chapel Haven). REACH students should speak with their teachers if they would like to sign up. Community Members should call/see Mike V directly to sign up. Practices are schedules to begin on Sunday Jan 10th. We will leave Chapel Haven at 6:10 pm and walk over to Sheridan gym (down the street from CH). Practices will run until 8:30 pm.

Questions? Contact Mike V. at

Crested Butte Chapel Haven delegation
Ski Trip to Crested Butte Feb. 29-March 5, 2016!

Chapel Haven enjoyed a fun time skiing in beautiful Crested Butte, CO last year.

Chapel Haven enjoyed a fun time skiing in beautiful Crested Butte, CO last year.

Come spend a week in Colorado hitting the slopes! Whether you’ve skied before or this is your first time, you will spend a week that is sure to be a memorable one! Each participant will have their own personal “guide” who will be with you the duration of the trip, ensuring you get the most out of your skiing experience! Cost for this trip is $3100. Trip is on a first-come/first serve basis and is based on 4 participants.
This includes:
Round trip airfare
Round trip transportation to the airport and to the slopes once at Crested Butte
Two Chapel Haven Staff to accompany you on the trip
One-to-one Ski instruction from the Adaptive Sports Center at Crested Butte
All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) each day
Ski equipment
Deposit for this trip in the amount of $1500 is due by Mon, Dec 28th Checks can be made out to “Chapel Haven” and given to Jeanne Jamieson in the accounting department. Once we receive your deposit, participants will be given a packing list and other important information about this exciting trip!

Questions? Contact Mike Verzella at (203) 397-1714, ext. 129, or

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Early Bird Incentive! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:19:17 +0000 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

Click here to learn more about the REACH program: REACH 2013 brochure

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Chapel Haven artists recreate a classic painting with crayons and imagination Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:52:10 +0000 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.

Chapel Haven's "zebra" version of a classicYCBA Zebra with Tina

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.

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Chapel Haven “Chargers” Capture #1 spot in Special Olympics Softball Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:31:48 +0000 Chapel Haven Chargers Take #1!

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The Chapel Haven softball team, which was made up of 16 students competed at the North Branford Sportsplex in the softball comSpecial O softball grouppetition for Special Olympics on September 12, 2015.

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!


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Chapel Haven Announces Fall Open Houses Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:10:40 +0000 faces smaller

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.

Our final date this fall:

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,, 203.397.1714, x185





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Chapel Haven receives prestigious 2015 Workplace Wellness Award Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:57:35 +0000 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!

wellness glass awardBut 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.

“Our goal has been to promote a culture of health and fitness at every level,” Mike said. “I have been so happy to see our employees taking time to work out and get healthy. ”

Chapel Haven’s wellness program gained momentum  with an award-winning partnership with the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center entitled, “The Weigh to Live,” a unique classroom-style curriculum which is teaching our adults with a variety of disabilities how to live healthier lives. Since then, Chapel Haven has spearheaded a variety of incentives offered free or with considerable subsidies from the agency to make it easy and affordable for employees to take time from the work day to exercise and lead a healthier and less stressful lifestyle. Those initiatives include:

Left to right, Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo, Einera Beauvais, Michael Storz, Jeannie Jamieson, Jayson Leydon of Crossfit Milford and Jill Meyerhoff, Cornell-Scott Hill Health Center, were at the award ceremony.

Left to right, Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo, Einera Beauvais, Michael Storz, Jeannie Jamieson, Jason Leydon of Crossfit Milford and Jill Meyerhoff, Cornell-Scott Hill Health Center, were at the award ceremony.

  • Chapel Haven for two years has offered Weight Watchers at Work – open to all employees, facilitated by a Weight Watchers leader who comes from Orange, CT to our campus every Friday. Chapel Haven paid half the cost for each employee who joined, and also paid for free Active Links for each employee. Incentives are offered to keep employees enrolled. This spring, over a period of 10 weeks, employees collectively lost 91 pounds!

Crossfit of Milford – Chapel Haven is subsidizing the cost for a Crossfit program that occurs twice a week, right at Chapel Haven for all interested employees. Trainer Jason Leydon is our facilitator and he is fantastic!

Chapel Haven has its own Fitness Center on the lower level of our community center and just this year, used the proceeds from the Chapel Haven Bowlathon to completely revamp the fitness center. It is now equipped with approximately $8,000 in new equipment, including Crossfit rowers, ellipticals, treadmills and weight lifting equipment. An experienced trainer works with Chapel Haven clients each day on fitness and weight-loss goals.

  • Free classes in Zumba and yoga are being introduced and made available to all staff.
  • Staff fill out raffle tickets for every wellness activity they do during the work day and prizes are allotted, including Fit bracelets, Weight Watchers incentive products, etc.

Our Wellness Program is probably one of the best received new initiatives we have done to date and employees are continuously stopping into our President’s office, either to thank him or to suggest another class we can offer on campus!

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Chapel Haven to participate in CT Open Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:47:48 +0000 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 OpeCT Open 50/50 Projectn, 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 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 parent and tennis instructor-extraordinaire Jerry Weil will lead an adaptive tennis clinic in the Aetna FitZone on Aug. 26 at the CT Open.

Chapel Haven parent and tennis instructor-extraordinaire Jerry Weil will lead an adaptive tennis clinic in the Aetna FitZone on Aug. 26 at the CT Open.

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



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Bowl-A-Thon Set for Oct. 17, 2015 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:00:16 +0000 bowlathon-boys-2-2Chapel Haven’s Annual Bowl-a-Thon is set for Saturday, Oct, 17, 2015, 1-4 p.m. at  Amity Family Bowl in Woodbridge, CT.

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.

Bowlathon trioIt’s not too early to practice your bowling and to help Chapel Haven think up enticing raffle prizes! Get a team together and plan to participate in one of the most fun events of the year.

For more information, contact Michael Verzella, Director of Recreation, at (203) 397-1714, ext. 129, or

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Chapel Haven mourns passing of founder Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:00:09 +0000 jerry-eva-4

Jerry and Eva Rossman helped to launch Chapel Haven in 1972. Their son, Pete Rossman, attended Chapel Haven for many years.


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 Rossman family photo

Jerry, surrounded by his loving family, in Florida.

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.”

Memorial donations in Jerry’s name may be made to Maplebrook School or Chapel Haven




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