Capital Campaign Overview

Our Story

Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven adults and their families have always actively participated in the creation of Chapel Haven’s mission and vision. Chapel Haven works tirelessly to meet the evolving needs of our community including our aging adults. 

Rapidly expanding from a handful of adults the first year Chapel Haven opened to today’s thriving community of thirty on-campus REACH students and thirty SAIL students in addition to over 250 graduates in the surrounding Westville neighborhood. We needed to address our campus and create aging services. Click here to read more about our founding. 

 

The Need & Solutions

Over time new needs have arisen and Chapel Haven leadership, families, and the adults themselves have all agreed the following have taken precedence and need to be addressed immediately:

Key Areas

During a bout of expansion due to demand, Chapel Haven acquired multiple surrounding properties in the Westville neighborhood. The Westville location and its community has been a factor in our success.  It is incredibly walkable, has easy access to public transportation, and has friendly neighbors.  Our current campus of multi-story duplexes and somber brick buildings are drab and uninviting – the exact opposite of our students and our community!

In addition, the spaces were never created for our intended use.  From being handicap inaccessible to being thoroughly used to the point of disrepair, we are in need of facilities that match our extraordinary level of programming.  Historically Chapel Haven has been investing everything in staffing and programming, but at the cost of neglecting the facilities.

Chapel Haven’s transformed campus will include state of the art classrooms, technology, security, and comfortable dorms.  We will build facilities for learning, that celebrate and aid in the work we accomplish every day at Chapel Haven.  A new campus makes a strong statement about the value we place on our adults, our place in the Westville community, and our vision for the future.

Having served adults since 1972, many have made the Chapel Haven community their home for life.  With respect for our adults’ devotion to Chapel Haven, our organization is fulfilling its mission of lifelong care, bringing peace of mind to our adults and their families. 

Chapel Haven will offer a buy-in model for services that include preventative care through critical nursing.  The cost will be based on age of the individual.  This care can then be received directly in the adults’ current home within the greater community or an adult can chose to move into our lifelong enrichment building, where a monthly fee will apply for an apartment.  Apartments will be state-of-the art doubles and singles which will have separate bedrooms and bathrooms but shared living rooms and kitchenettes.  We will have 42 beds in the first phase with plans to create more and they will only be open to the Chapel Haven community. 

The lifelong enrichment building will be intergenerational and include our SAIL students as well as our adults with aging needs.  In addition, there will be lots of programming which will include a greenhouse, children, therapy animals, shared dining options, art, and exercise.  Chapel Haven truly believes in lifelong learning and will create a curriculum to help to sharpen the memory and motor skills.  There will be clinician rooms that will allow for preventative and ongoing care that can be brought directly to our adults.  It will be a place for our adults to thrive.

Chapel Haven is creating a leading national model for employment for adults with differing abilities. Our goal is to have every adult at Chapel Haven engaged in meaningful volunteer or employment opportunities through our new Chapel Haven Employment Service Opportunities (CESO) curriculum. 

Through our CESO academy, we will teach our adults the skills that they will need for employment and add employment training throughout the entire Chapel Haven curriculum. In addition, Chapel Haven will offer training and support to employers of our adults.  Options for our adults will include participating in a Chapel Haven owned and operated business with a focus on entrepreneurship, volunteer opportunities with nearly 50 local New Haven non-profits, supported employment, and competitive employment.

We will have pre and post measures of skill sets and quality of life factors to make sure that our employment programming is truly making a difference in the lives of our individuals. 

80% of ASAT graduates are in internships or paid employment.
At Chapel Haven West, 90% of all graduates obtain paid employment.

Growing the endowment through fundraising will help Chapel Haven to be sustainable for the next forty five years and beyond.  The endowment helps to support the organization’s stability so that Chapel Haven can always be here for those we serve.  Not only does the endowment provide for unrestricted funding, but also provides scholarships so that a wider breadth of the community can experience our award winning services.

The Impact Of These Exciting Initiatives 


  • CAMPUS TRANSFORMATION

    The new campus will offer community space for all our adults to enjoy while also attracting the next generation of Chapel Haven adults, which will ultimately increase organizational sustainability.

  • EXPANDING EMPLOYMENT

    Every adult at Chapel Haven will be engaged in meaningful work or volunteer opportunities with employment training infused into the core of the Chapel Haven curriculum and culture

  • CREATING AGING SERVICES

    As our adults age, they will be surrounded by life and enrichment programming while still fully participating in a community that they have made their home.  Our adults will have the option to take their last breathes at Chapel Haven, a choice which provides peace of mind to our adults and their families

  • GROWING THE ENDOWMENT

    By growing the endowment, Chapel Haven is investing in itself, its future, and those we serve

    All of these initiatives have been undertaken with the goal of ensuring our adults’ health, happiness, and independence.


Our Vision For The Future

Chapel Haven will continue to be a pioneer in the education and support of adults with disabilities. We strive to be the program of choice for families and future Chapel Haven members.

We envision a lifetime of independence in a setting that ensures security, happiness, comfort and well-being for our entire Chapel Haven family.

Emphasis remains on the leadership gifts for the
SAIL/Lifelong Learning Building. 

Fundraising & How You Can Help

Continuing The Commitment: The Campaign for CH

With the Welcome Center and REACH Building fully funded, our emphasis remains on gifts for the SAIL/Aging Service Building

Important Milestones

  1. December 2010

    Six figure pledge to initiate Assisted Living Program

  2. March-June 2013

    Gift of $1,000,000 received to purchase properties along Emerson Street;

    Board and Assisted Living Committee agreed that the entire campus must be addressed

  3. April-June 2013

    Leadership Gifts for the campaign secured; CEOS grant of $5,000,000

  4. December 2016

    Leland Torrence, Owner’s Representative, was hired

  5. February 2017

    SLAM Design Build Team was brought on  to begin planning the design and construction

  6. July 2017

    Shovel in the ground for the new REACH/REACH Bridge Building and Welcome Center

  7. September 2017

    Ceremonial Groundbreaking attended by over 200 Chapel Haven supporters including families, politicians, and funders

  8. January 2018

    Welcome Center completed

  9. July 2018

    REACH/REACH Bridge completed for next incoming class of Chapel Haven students

  10. September 2018

    Construction will begin on the SAIL/Lifelong Learning Building

  11. January 2020

    SAIL/Lifelong Learning Building finish; Phase I of the Campus Master Plan is complete

Current Timeline & Construction Plan

  • Feb 2018

    Welcome Center completed

  • July 2018

    New Reach/Reach Bridge Building Opens for the Incoming Class

  • September 2018

    Groundbreaking for the new SAIL/Lifelong Learning Building

  • December 2019

    New SAIL/Lifelong Learning Building Ribbon Cutting

AS THE PRESIDENT OF CHAPEL HAVEN, I HAVE HAD THE TRUE PRIVILEGE OF WATCHING OUR ADULTS GO FROM LIVING AT HOME WITH MOM AND DAD TO COMING TO CHAPEL HAVEN, MAKING FRIENDS, LEARNING INDEPENDENT LIVING, SECURING EMPLOYMENT, AND FLOURISHING INTO HAPPY, HEALTHY, MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY.  THIS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN IS A CELEBRATION OF THEM – OF BUILDING A CAMPUS WORTHY OF THEIR DETERMINATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING.  -  Mike

 

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I just feel strongly that everyone has some gift and it’s finding that gift and working to implement it.

I like the fact that there are different academic and exercise offerings. I feel Kim has really gained independence. She is more of an advocate for herself. She has learned the ropes as far as independent living. Thank you, Chapel Haven, for giving individuals like Kim and Rich the ability to believe in themselves and to reach beyond. -  Diana S.