Students from SCSU film a tour of a REACH apartment with REACH Director Jordan Girard and roommates Bryn and Arianna.

Four journalism majors from Southern Connecticut State University have spent the fall semester interviewing, videoing and writing about all our happenings at Chapel Haven Schleifer Center.

Under the guidance of Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo, Vice President of Admissions and Marketing (and a proud journalism alum from SCSU), the students are enrolled in a semester-long capstone project called “Non-Profit Storyteling,” co-taught by SCSU Journalism Chair Cynthia Simoneau and Associate Journalism Professor Jodie Gil.

We would like to thank the students for the interest and care they have shown as they developed their content at Chapel Haven: J’Mari Hughes, Joseph Bulwidas, Damaris Garcia and Jacob Waring.

The students have interviewed, photographed and filmed adults from Chapel Haven in their internship and job settings at places like the JCC of Greater New Haven, Home Depot through our Ken’s Krew partnership; and Garden Catering. They have interviewed and videotaped Danielle Chiaraluce and her CESO staff about our new employment initiative; they’ve filmed our campus expansion, following SLAM Senior Project Manager Christopher Dittrich around with a video camera as he toured them through our new SAIL facility during construction. They have interviewed President Michael Storz and Catherine about the new campus. They also have worked on a timeline history of Chapel Haven and have even put together a short video tour of a REACH apartment (a la the popular MTV show Cribs, where celebs give tours of their homes). Expect to see REACH Supervisor Jordan Girard and roommates Arianna and Bryn in a fun video soon!

The students will present some highlights from their work on Monday, Dec. 9, during a presentation at SCSU, along with the other nonprofits – the Children’s Community Programs of CT; Walk New Haven and The Diaper Bank. Thank you to Professors Simoneau and Gil for giving back to local non-profits, including Chapel Haven.

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