As work to complete the new SAIL (Schleifer Adult Independent Living) campus continues at a fever pitch, the SAIL students who are set to move into the new facility are buzzing with excitement.
Of the 42 beds available in the new, four-story, state-of-the-art facility, many have already been spoken for before the ribbon is cut, demonstrating that the service was sorely needed.
“I literally get chills when I walk through the campus,” said President Michael Storz. “This is a dream come true and I’m so lucky to be part of this amazing transformation. The SAIL completion allows us to offer truly lifelong services.”
“I’m excited because I always think it’s nice to live in a nice, new building,” says Gabby R., whose family has committed to a one-bedroom apartment for her.
“My apartment is old. It’s falling apart. I’m tired of all the repairs.”
David S. said he is eager to have his own apartment and is excited about decorating. He plans to paint his apartment red.
The Schleifer Adult Independent Living (SAIL) campus is the newest part of Chapel Haven’s campus expansion and will be completed this December. Move-in date is planned for early spring. This four-story, state-of-the-art facility comprises 46,000 square feet. Upper floors will include one and two-bedroom apartments with centrally-located communal kitchens, a fireplace, gathering spaces and terraces. The first floor of the new building will have a fitness center, a wellness cafe, an engagement space and some one-bedroom apartments. Read more here:
The new building is universal in design and inter generational, so adults of all ages can flourish into their senior years in a vibrant and non-institutional setting.
Terri Console, SAIL Program Manager, said the excitement is growing as students, staff and parents watch the facility taking shape. “I’ve been on tour in the building three times and it’s amazing, the space, the openness,” Terry said. “I’m excited for the new beginning for everyone. Parent feedback has been phenomenal. Parents are already planning furniture deliveries.”
Kristina S. said along with having a new apartment, she is excited about having “a space to hang out in when I’m not in my apartment.”
And, “isn’t it cool that you won’t have to go up and down stairs to the basement to do your laundry?” Terri asked several SAIL students. “You’ll have laundry on your own floor!”
Jamie H. said living in the new SAIL will be “exciting, a brand-new adventure. We’ll have a walk-in shower – no more having to step into a tub shower. We’ll have our own fitness room and our own little café. We’ll be closer to campus. Embracing change is good.”