History & Partnerships

Chapel Haven was created by parents who wanted to help their special needs children become truly independent.

Chapel Haven was founded by two pioneering families in a house on Chapel Street, in New Haven, CT, in 1972. That gives our agency nearly 45 years of experience as a leader in the field of services for adults with disabilities.

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Our longevity has helped Chapel Haven acquire key partnerships with every leading institution in our host community of New Haven, CT and in Tucson, AZ.

We are proud of our international, state and local accreditations. Chapel Haven is:

  • Nationally accredited through CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)
  • Approved by the State Department of Education (CT, NJ) as a special education school
  • Licensed through the CT State Department of Developmental Services


In addition, the list below gives a sampling of the partnerships we have developed over time in a community that is well accepting of Chapel Haven, and that warmly embraces our mission. From our award-winning partnership with the Yale Center for British Art to our PAVE program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, our presence in a vibrant and small American city is a true benefit on many levels for our adults.

Our Partners


  • VA Hospital
  • St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen
  • Tower One
  • Milford Animal Shelter
  • Yale Center for British Arts
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • F.I.S.H Food Pantry
  • Best Buddies North Haven
  • Walgreens
  • WVRA (Westville Renaissance Alliance)
  • Fair Haven School
  • Wilbur Cross High School
  • Friends of Edgewood Park
  • Yale Marsh Gardens
  • Lulac Crossroads Daycare
  • ASD Fitness
  • AaTS (Animal Assisted Therapy Services)
  • Caring Cuisine
  • Crosby Commons Senior Recreation Program
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
  • Alexion
  • Yale Child Study Center
  • SCSU (Southern Connecticut State University)
  • Edgerton Community Garden
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Neighborhood Music School
  • DESK (Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen)
  • Miles Hill Therapeutic Riding Farm
  • CW Resources
  • Mary Wade Senior Center
  • Masters Manna
  • Yale Sustainable Food program
  • Atwater Senior Center
  • Goodwill
  • Friends of New Haven Animal Shelter
  • New Haven Reads
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Vitas
  • New Reach Women's Shelter
  • Connecticut Land Trust
  • Gateway Community College
  • Coachman Square Assisted Living
  • Westville Computers
  • CT Food Bank
  • Mitchell Library
  • Animal Haven
  • Edgerton Park
  • Antonia Nature Center
  • Leap for Kids
  • CT Air National Guard
  • All Pets Club

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Memberships,  Accreditations and Affiliations


  • Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Connecticut State Department of Education (http://www.state.ct.us/sde)
  • Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
  • Connecticut Association of Non-Profits (CAN)
  • National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
  • Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education (CONNCASE)
  • Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD)
  • Learning Disabilities Association – National and Connecticut (LDA-CT)
  • The Woodbury Reports
  • Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA)
  • National Association for Residential Providers Serving Adults with Autism (NARPA)
  • Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)
  • Autism Spectrum Resource Center (ASRC)
  • Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
  • Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
  • Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP)

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