Chapel Haven Teaching Independent Living Since 1972 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:27:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chapel Haven Offers Two Workshops: Autism in the Teen Years Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:58:41 +0000 Continue reading ]]> chapel haven new tag lineLogo-rev-Sept2010-8 5x11

AsrcLogoFramedChapel Haven is delighted to partner with Autism Services and Resources of Connecticut to offer two free workshops  this winter at Chapel Haven that will be invaluable to families of teenagers with autism spectrum disorders. Learn about how autism presents in the teen years and how you can help your son , daughter or student gain some independence, become more self reliant and learn to self advocate. Both workshops are free. Chapel Haven will provide a light dinner and will offer an overview of our programs. In the event of inclement weather, we will email you on rescheduling. Pre-Registration is kindly requested to help us plan!

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
Building Independence in Tweens
and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This workshop will focus on the importance of independence for successful transition to adult life, helping your tween and teen to become more self-reliant, understanding motivation, reaching towards self-advocacy.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Light dinner served
Register here for Feb. 3 Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Autism & Adolescence, The Dual Diagnosis

This workshop will provide an overview of autism basics: what it is, how it is diagnosed, common characteristics. How autism presents itself in tweens and teens, the influence of hormones, more complex social demands and sensory processing. Strategies for living with an autistic teenager. Planning for the future.
Register here for Feb. 24 autism workshop
Presenter: Sara Reed
Director, Advocacy & Family Services
ASRC – Autism Services & Resources CT

Co-Host: Catherine DeCarlo, VP of Admissions and Marketing, Chapel Haven

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March 6 Chapel Haven Open House Coming Up Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:25:22 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Open House art

 Chapel Haven announces March 6

Open House, New Haven & Tucson

Student Ambassadors look forward to greeting visiting families at our open houses.

Student Ambassadors look forward to greeting visiting families at our open houses.

Families of young adults with developmental and social disabilities are cordially invited to attend an open house Friday, March 6, 2015 at both our New Haven, CT and Tucson, AZ campuses. This is a great way to see this renowned and nationally accredited independent living program in action.

New Haven Open House:

1040 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, 10 am to 12 noon (EST)

Light breakfast, overview of Chapel Haven, student/parent panels and tours of Chapel Haven’s two residential programs in New Haven: REACH and Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT).Register for March 6 Open House, New Haven, CT campus

Chapel Haven West Open House

1701 N. Park Avenue, Tucson, Arizona
10 am to 12 noon (MST)Light breakfast, 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 paths toward independence.Register here:Register for March 6 Open House, Chapel Haven West, Tucson, 

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).

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UARTS Chapel Haven to hold Jan. 20 Open House at North Haven site Wed, 07 Jan 2015 07:47:50 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

UArts Chapel Haven  will celebrate a grand opening of its pioneering artisan workshop and training program Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 5-7 p.m. at Chapel Haven’s new satellite program,  335 Washington Avenue, North Haven.

This event is free, open to the public and press coverage is invited. People can view the works of Chapel Haven artists David Hogin and Vito Bonanno, meet the artists enrolled in the Uarts program, buy handmade products and enjoy refreshments.

Uarts is a unique artisan studio program launched in partnership with Chapel Haven and funded by a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD. This is the first program of its kind to receive a pilot arts grant targeted to adults with disabilities from the State of Connecticut and already, Chapel Haven is off to a great start.

“It is entrepreneurial programs and partnerships like this that will define a new creative job workforce” said Kip Bergestrom, Deputy Commissioner DECD/Office the Arts.

In just 90 days, Chapel Haven clients have produced artisan products that were showcased and received a popular reception at two holiday markets, in Hartford and at Whitney Center in Hamden.  Workshop participants, guided by professional artists, produced hand painted silk scarves, textile products, unique bags and cards daily during the pilot phase.  In the coming months many new products will be designed and produced. The studio will open to the public for classes and arts learning opportunities.
Chapel Haven is an award winning an award-winning, nationally accredited school and transition program serving 250-plus adults with a variety of abilities and needs.

“I am so proud of all that has been accomplished so quickly by our burgeoning artists,” said ChaUarts morepel Haven President Michael Storz. “I encourage everyone to attend the open house, shop for some unique gifts and show support for this unique employment path for our individuals.”

The goal of this program is to provide training, opportunities, access and engagement and resources for populations who have challenges connecting to creativity, accessing studio space, materials and mentorship in the pursuit of creative careers.

The program also provides training for established CT artists who are interested in becoming teachers and studio managers.

Uarts Chapel Haven and the Office of the Arts plan to produce a conference this spring exploring creative work force development ,access and engagement and the role the arts can play in providing alternative routes to work for those who wish to explore creative career options.

For more information, please call (203) 397-1714, ext. 198.

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David Hogin December Artist of the Month. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:44:12 +0000 Continue reading ]]> David HoganDavid Hogin is the Chapel Haven “Artist of the Month.” Born in Glendale NJ David graduated from Chapel Haven in 1989. He is a community member and lives in New Haven. David is also a member of our CH Art Guild and participated in the annual CH Art Show and Sale.  He is an established watercolor artist and loves doing architectural paintings.

Recently David entered an art competition for the McLevy Building banner and had an honorable mention for his entry. David has many fans for his precise and beautiful work. Congratulations, David!

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Chapel Haven to host “Exploring Artism” this spring Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:40:18 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Chapel Haven is excited to announce that “Exploring Artism: A Program for Families,” run by the Yale Center for British Art, will continue off-site at Chapel Haven, located at 1040 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515 during museum renovations.

Dates for the class are: Saturdays, February 21, March 21, April, 18, May 16 and June 20, 10:30-12:00pm.artism-flyer2015 3

This is a free program for families with children 5 to 12 years of age on the autism spectrum. Families learn to look and respond to art work in the museum’s galleries. Join us and engage in group conversations in the galleries, a follow-up art project in a museum classroom, and much more. While we have taken into account the needs of individuals with autism in designing this program, it is intended to be fun for parents, siblings, and other relatives too!

Free but pre-registration is required. Please e-mail: or call 203 432 2858 with your name, number, and a good time to reach you on the telephone. A museum educator will contact you by phone to complete your registration.

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British-style “tea party” celebrates Chapel Haven’s unique partnership with Yale Center for British Art Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:24:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]> brit art with jennyYCBA ActChapel Haven students and community members enjoyed a unique, British “tea party” last week with the help of docents and staff from the world-renowned Yale Center for British Art.

Click here to read a story in the New Haven Register about this unique partnership:

Since 2009, Art Teacher Tina Menchetti has worked closely with the museum to develop a cutting-edge museum educational program called Out to Art. Participants from Chapel Haven take part in a wide range of museum activities and sensory learning. They enjoy behind-the-scene tours, close looking at works of art and studio activities. Participants are able to build life skills while also developing theory of mind, memory and interpersonal connections.

Classes take place weekly at the Yale Center and are taught in collaboration with museum staff. Chapel Haven students study famous British paintings and sculptures, and draw and paint with direction and influence from the extensive collection.

The program, developed in 2009, was the idea of museum Curator of Education Linda Friedlaender, and put into action with Chapel Haven art teacher Tina.

Recently, in a British-style tea at Chapel Haven, students, docents and others closed the semester, saying they can’t wait for the new one to begin.

Next semester the program will temporarily change, as the museum will be closed from January 2015 to Feb. 2016 for renovations.

Instead, they’ll bring the program to Chapel Haven and students will visit other galleries, including Yale Art Gallery. Chapel Haven will also host another program at the museum for younger children on the autism spectrum.

Tina, who has developed many successful programs at the school, said the hope in the future is to collect data on the program – viewed as a national model – to demonstrate the program’s success.

But anecdotally, Tina, who knows the students well, has noticed a huge difference in their mannerisms, posture, vocabularies, social skills. She said the changes are physically visible.

“It’s a place they’ve been so welcome in an environment filled with brilliant, educated people,” she said. “They love the way they feel there.”

After the tea party, staff and docents from the museum led an art lesson at Chapel Haven,  with students and docents working together using clay to learn the process used in ancient times to duplicate wall  reliefs.

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Special Olympics Bowling Holiday Classic Draws 85 participants! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:30:15 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Chapel Haven had a huge turnout this weekend for the Special Olympics Bowling Holiday Classic at the Milford AMF Lanes.

Chapel Haven Rec Supervisor Michael Verzella reports 85 people bowled, both residential students and community members. Chapel Haven participated in both the Special Olympics “Traditional” games (teams made up of all athletes) and the “Unified” games (teams that were made up of athletes and volunteers/staff)

Many Chapel Haven families turned out to cheer on our bowlers, along with recreation staff and fraternity members from Southern Connecticut State University. Our teams competed against those of surrounding towns and everyone walked away a winner, with medals and ribbons.

Beth Sklar had the honor of giving the Special Olympics oath at the games. Congrats to everyone on a great job!

Great fun at Special Olympics Holiday Classic Margaret had fun! What a team! thanks to the volunteers! Carl had fun Special O with group Jordan teamwork! Special O with Sandy Will has a big smile Thumbs up!


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SAIL Program enjoys Riding High Dude Ranch trip Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:06:11 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The SAIL Program recently experienced another travel adventure…this time to Ridin’-Hy Ranch in upstate New York.

Eleven individuals accompanied by two staff enjoyed the great outdoors and all the dude ranch had to offer; the group went horseback riding, fishing, boating, horse-drawn wagon rides, arts and crafts, BINGO games and much more! To see a photo album, click here

When asked what their favorite part of the trip was, Kara stated “the horse trail riding” and Jordan also loved the horses. Zach liked fishing and David said, “I want to go back to the ranch!” Lizzy thought the A-Frame chalet accommodations were great and upon return to Chapel Haven, Liora proudly wore her Ridin’-Hy Ranch souvenir sweat shirt.

Chapel Haven staffers Alicia Prigodich and Tim Cenabre led the group with assistance from the dude ranch cowboys, cowgirls and activity staff while the all-inclusive excursion incorporated all meals; the group ate home-style cooking including a hearty steak dinner their last night. A good time was had by all!

Chapel Haven’s  SAIL (Schleifer Adult Independent Living) Program is one of Chapel Haven’s popular programs, and was developed to serve individuals with varying abilities who have the desire to live independently; however need increased supports and structure in order to be successful.  Participants live in a Chapel Haven owned property located near the main campus. Two to three-bedroom apartments are partially furnished and all utilities are included in the tuition-based room and board.
SAIL also did a trip last spring to Hershey Park.


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The 2014 Bowl-a-thon was fun and raised a lot of money! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:25:45 +0000 Continue reading ]]>
Chapel Haven’s 10th annual Bowl-a-thon raised a record amount of money – in excess of $41,000 – and drew participation from 140 bowlers.

Mike Verzella, supervisor of recreation and the key organizer behind this popular event, said he is grateful to all the major donors, to all participating bowlers and to parents Shelley Hartz and Barbara Doherty for helping organizing the events and the raffle items.

The 10th annual Bowl-a-thon took place Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 1-4 p.m. at Amity Lanes.

Last year’s Bowl-a-thon raised $32,000 in funds, which were earmarked for technology. This year’s proceeds will help Chapel Haven update its fitness center. A barbecue at Chapel Haven followed the event, and a Halloween dance rounded out the day. To see photos from the day, click here:

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Tennis, anyone? Chapel Haven rolls out new tennis clinic Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:53:57 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Chapel Haven is rolling out its first Tennis Clinic!

This fall, students and community members have the chance to sign up and receive top-notch tennis instruction in October sessions from Chapel Haven parent and tennis pro Jerry Weil.  Jerry has taught tennis at area programs, including Riverview School, on the Cape. With his son now enrolled in Chapel Haven’s REACH program, we are fortunate to have his expertise on board for our upcoming program. 

Best of all, the clinic takes place at the Connecticut Tennis Center, on stadium court, where each August, the world’s most accomplished tennis players slug it out at the CT Open (read more about the tourney here.) The Tennis Center is right around the corner from our campus, close to the Yale Bowl.

Coordinated through the Rec Program by Mike Verzella, the clinic will continue in the spring and has already drawn a big response with sign-ups. Stay tuned!

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