Chapel Haven West’s New Location

We are excited to announce that on July 1, 2020, Chapel Haven West will relocate to a larger, more modern location at 3375 N. Campbell Avenue in Tucson, Arizona! 

This new location is just 2.5 miles north of our current location, with easy access to public transportation, shopping, restaurants, medical offices and apartments. This location also keeps us close to the University of Arizona, which features into our teaching and learning!

Along with our new and modernized campus hub, our students will enjoy beautiful, modern apartments and amenities through our new partnership with Treehouse Apartments and Fox Point Apartments. Both of these complexes are a half-mile north of our new location and an eight-minute walk to our new campus, with amenities including a pool, rec room and common space.

Chapel Haven West students at University Gate, U of Arizona

Our New Location and Our Model

Located in Tucson, AZ, Chapel Haven West teaches young adults to live independent and productive lives through a curriculum that focuses on:

  • Social communicative competency
  • Self-determination
  • Independent living
  • Supports for college/work

The curriculum at Chapel Haven West mirrors the curriculum employed in our Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) program at our New Haven, CT campus, which was designed by international experts to help adults with Asperger Syndrome and Autism achieve happy, independent lives. Our typical student is 18 years of age and older with a diagnosis such as:

  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Social Communication Disorders
  • Executive Functioning and Nonverbal Learning Challenges
  • Mild Autism

Our new model offers a variety of programs and choices for families with young adults who are inspired to begin learning independent living. Chapel Haven West is an approved DDD vendor. Families with approved budgets can apply those funds to many of our services.

Families can tap into a menu of services, including:

      College Supports
       Social Communication Therapy and Groups
       Vocation Development Services
       Individual Job Coaching
      Recreation Program
      Day Program

Our approved day program offers structured classes, a community life curriculum, socialization and social communication therapy. 

Our students attend social communication classes facilitated by our Speech Language Pathologists at the University of Arizona’s Speech Language and Hearing Sciences program, as well as enjoy other classes on the university campus taught by Chapel Haven West’s experienced staff. Chapel Haven West also takes advantage of other college programs in the area, including Pima Community College, to help teach our students how to succeed in a college setting.

In addition, Chapel Haven West helps our young adults move into employment, with internships at a host of Tucson employers and agencies. 

Chapel Haven West student, Lauren, at work at the Tucson Jewish Community Center preschool

Typical Challenges and Program Outcomes

Typical challenges we address are:

  • Executive functioning and organization
  • Time management & follow-through
  • Self-advocacy & self-awareness
  • Understanding the perspective of others & hidden social rules
  • Personal safety
  • Navigating college
  • Anxiety & managing transitions
  • Managing the online world
  • Navigating the working world
  • Shifting communication style based on context
  • Understanding nuance, humor, sarcasm

 

Typical apartment at the Treehouse Apartments

Typical outcomes for students are:

  • Ability to successfully live independently
  • College bound or have successfully completed college
  • Productively career-bound
  • Able to secure & maintain meaningful
    employment
  • Increased self-awareness & self-esteem 
  • Social confidence & competence plus a new community of friends

 

 

For more information, please contact Chapel Haven’s Director of Admissions, Christy Chandler, at cchandler@chapelhaven.org or Chapel Haven West’s Director of Residential Programming, Kelli Foreman, at kforeman@chapelhaven.org. You can also request literature at admission@chapelhaven.org.

 

Map of New Chapel Haven West Location & Photo Gallery of New Spaces

 


About Chapel Haven West

Chapel Haven West is a nationally accredited school and independent living program offering individualized programs for young adults 18 + with developmental and social disabilities including Asperger Syndrome, who desire independence. Located in Tucson, AZ, Chapel Haven West teaches young adults to live independent and productive lives through a curriculum that focuses on: social communicative competency, self-determination, independent living and supports for college/work.