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Chapel Haven West was featured on News 4 KVOA, the local NBC news affiliate, and Executive Director Kenneth Hosto was profiled as a KOLD News 13 Hero in a special segment.

The KVOA segment includes an interview with Chapel Haven West Executive Director Kenneth Hosto and follows Chapel Haven West graduate and community member Erik Rowe at our campus and at his job.

To see the story, click Chapel Haven West Helps Young Adults with Autism Become Independent

Here is an excerpt:

Erik Rowe, 22, was a student at Chapel Haven West. Rowe currently lives independently, works and volunteers.

“I am working at Yadda Yadda Telecom where I clean and refurbish old telephones,” said Rowe.

Rowe said he began working with Chapel Haven West while attending the University of Arizona. He majored in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Conservation Biology.

He said the classes he took at Chapel Haven West helped him quickly become independent.

“I have had classes about social skills and learning how to navigate around the community, like using bus routes,” he said.

Rowe said he also volunteers on Sundays at the Tucson Wildlife Center. He said it is a step toward his dream of professionally working with animals.

“Maybe working at a national park, surveying wildlife,” he said. “Or a zookeeper.”

In the other segment, Chapel Haven West student Joe Cox nominated Ken Hosto as a “hero” for his pioneering commitment to the adults served by Chapel Haven West.

To see the moving segment, click here.

KOLD News 13 and Baggin’s recognizes local heroes each month with a special segment that runs during the news broadcast. We are so proud that Joe, as a student, was inspired enough to nominate Ken.