CHAPEL HAVEN CAPITAL CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW: THE NEED
Despite steady growth over the years, Chapel Haven has reached a critical point in its ability to meet demand for its innovative and result-oriented programs.
Our commitment to provide high-quality programs led by exceptional staff has always taken precedence over our campus and facility needs. Now the limitations of our facilities are affecting our ability to deliver services.
Classrooms that served us well need to be expanded, residences have outlived their comfort and our campus grounds require revitalization.
Chapel Haven’s mission is to provide life-long services. As our clients age or have increased support needs, we must be prepared to help them and support them with the same level of care and encouragement that has nurtured their independence.
Our endowment must continue to grow. A secure endowment will allow us to remain strong and stable, now and in the years to come. It will guarantee that we will be here in the future, so that we can continue to support our current and next generation of community members.
Chapel Haven knows that a key component of independent living is meaningful employment. Chapel Haven seeks to remedy the high unemployment rates amongst its individuals by creating a replicable, sustainable, national model that will ensure disabled adults have job opportunities.
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 community.
Now is the time. The needs are now, and Chapel Haven currently has the momentum and the outstanding leadership to move forward with a capital campaign. We will continue the excellence of our current programs and create new programs and facilities, enabling us to maintain our leadership position and to continue to serve as a model for the very best standard of quality and care.
Since opening in 1972, our adults are now aging and without an age in place facility, our very mission of providing life-long care is at stake. We want to ensure that our adults will always have the support they need irregardless of age, keeping our community intact and providing peace of mind for our men and women as well as their families.
Reimagining the campus will provide updated spaces designed specifically for the population we serve. The campus redesign focuses on community-building gathering spaces that encourage socialization and personal growth
As a result of long-range strategic planning, Chapel Haven is ensuring its financial future to further strengthen the organization as a whole. Bolstering the endowment now safeguards Chapel Haven’s fiscal sustainability as well as provides scholarships, allowing Chapel Haven to be more accessible to deserving individuals.
Many in the Chapel Haven community are currently looking for engaging employment opportunities. The unemployment rate for people with Autism is as high as 85%, making this segment of the population a virtually untapped labor force. Only 20% of people with developmental disabilities are employed compared to 70% of the general population. Meaningful employment will allow our adults to live more independent lives.
Ultimately, the health, happiness and safety of our deserving adults is the purpose of this campaign. We want to do everything possible to ensure their right to independent, meaningful lives.
A proposed investment of $60million will allow major facility renovations and updated technology in our spaces for learning, teaching, housing, and administration. All this will further enhance the efforts of our men and women as they become independent, while at the same time allow them to maintain a connection to resources and providers when it is needed. Benefits will include the following:
Just like our programming, our facilities should meet our needs.
The current residential spaces were never built with the Chapel Haven community in mind. Our campus redesign offers solutions:
Our campus plan is the result of strategic planning and partnerships. Our goals include:
The campus redesign includes buildings for:
The campus hub will serve as a meeting place for Chapel Haven adults. There will be social spaces, as well as quiet nooks, which will allow individuals to feel a part of a bustling epi-center even when they prefer to have their own space. The campus hub will serve as an information center, encouraging individuals to meet up with friends before heading off for activities in the Greater New Haven area. Art and fitness classes will also be offered, all with the goal of creating a more vibrant community and encouraging socialization. Chapel Haven values wellness and self-expression through the arts, knowing that these are necessities that heal, rejuvenate, and offer increased quality of life.
Spaces will include a:
Chapel Haven is moving forward with its campaign with confidence and the campaign has already been enthusiastically embraced by parents, siblings, and friends. We are moving forward with our capital improvements as soon as possible, focusing on the future of Chapel Haven.
Our goal has always been – and continue to always be – independent living. We also know that a unique component to maintaining independence has been the Chapel Haven network of friendships that our men and women have formed with each other.
Our new campus creates a more cohesive Chapel Haven, where our men and women have more opportunities to socialize and kindle friendships. The new layout makes it easier for staff and personnel to communicate with each other, increasing efficiency.
We envision our campus to be a place that provides the men and women of Chapel Haven with information and encourages them to be a part of the Greater New Haven community.
All of our core programs will be moved to a centralized spot on campus.
With a tear-down/build approach there will be no interruption of services while we transform the campus.
Phase One starts with the new REACH/REACH Bridge Building that will be completed in time for the next incoming class the summer of 2018.
The new Welcome Center which is an extension on the Boswell Building will serve as a community gathering space, collective of leadership offices, and an admissions center. The first step of a Chapel Haven journey will begin at the Welcome Center. We look forward to celebrating the opening of this new space with you on Friday, February 2nd . For more information on the ribbon cutting, call (203) 397-1714, ext. 113.