Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is celebrating

50 years of excellence in the field!


Join us in celebrating:

50th Anniversary Gala & Bash

Friday September 30, 2022

On behalf of the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, you are cordially invited to join us for our 50th Anniversary Gala and your adult is cordially invited to join our 50th Anniversary Bash!


Evening Schedule:

  • 4:00 pm – On-campus friends & family photographs for all ticket-holders
  • 5:30 pm – Transportation for our CHSC adults from the CHSC campus to the JCC departs every 15 minutes; CHSC Gala for families begins with cocktails at the New Haven Lawn Club
  • 9:00 pm – Both dinners conclude; everyone is invited back to the CHSC campus
  • 9:30 pm – The After Party kicks off with live music from The Speakers, a talented group of musicians who each have their own learning challenges
  • 10:30 pm – The evening concludes

Keynote Speaker: Abby Spencer Moffat

The Keynote speaker for the 50th Anniversary Gala is world-renowned executive, philanthropist, CSCH sibling, Abby Spencer Moffat! 

As Chief Executive Officer and President of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, Abby has scaled the organization into a globally recognized leader in the philanthropic arena with a focus on national security, education, entrepreneurship, and public policy.


A fervent believer in human ingenuity, she is particularly proud of her efforts to revolutionize how society helps and views those with special needs. She played an instrumental role in the creation of CHSC’s sustainable, scalable CareerAbility employment program that provides developmentally disabled adults with opportunities for personal fulfillment. The Foundation also provided a transformational gift for CHSC’s Phase I campus expansion that built the REACH and SAIL buildings as well as the expanded welcome center.


Please click below to register:


You, your family, friends, and our adults are invited to join us on the CHSC campus at 4:00pm for friends & family photographs. Professional photographers will be on-hand to capture everyone in their finest attire.

Then, at 5:15 pm friends & families travel to the New Haven Lawn Club and at 5:30 pm adults travel to the JCC for two separate celebratory dinners.

Our adults will take buses to the JCC for an exclusive client-only seated dinner complete with mocktail bar, live entertainment, and dancing. There will be staggered bus departures until 6:00pm.

At the same time, our families and friends will enjoy cocktails and a seated dinner at the New Haven Lawn Club where we will discuss CHSC’s evolution through the years and our exciting plans for the future.

Both dinners will conclude at 9:00 pm when we all come back together on-campus for an After Party with live music from current REACH student Jordan Levy’s band, The Speakers, a talented group of musicians who each have their own learning challenges.

BASH Tickets – Your adult’s ticket to the Bash includes the friends & family photo-op at 4:00pm, dinner at the JCC, and the After Party back at the CHSC campus.
GALA Tickets – Gala tickets include the friends & family photo-op at 4:00pm, cocktails and dinner at the New Haven Lawn Club, and the After Party back at the CHSC campus. Limited capacity. Reserve your spot today!


COVID Vaccination Status:

We are still under a mandate that all who join activities be fully vaccinated or, for this event, test negative for COVID. You can expedite entry to our festivities by emailing your COVID card to Alternatively, you may bring your vaccination card when you join us. We understand situations where an on-site test will be necessary, such as a lost card or not yet vaccinated. In those cases, on-site testing will be available and necessary. Please respect this directive as it is for the safety of us all.

Additionally, at this time masks will be required inside CHSC buildings and we will follow mask mandates set by the New Haven Lawn Club or Jewish Community Center (JCC) of New Haven.


For questions or more information, please email Kenyatta Simms at

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Building Family Connections

50th Anniversary Family Connections

CHSC is launching a new series of Family Connections Events. The goal is to bring families together within geographical areas to build connections and friendship amongst our CHSC families.

These are opportunities to meet CHSC President Michael Storz, who will provide an update on the “State of CHSC”, as well as many other members of CHSC program staff.

These events are being generously hosted by local families in their homes or other venues of their choosing. Currently, Family Connections Events are being planned in the following areas:

  • Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Westchester County, New York

  • Northern & Eastern Connecticut

  • New York City

  • New Jersey

  • Pennsylvania

  • Massachusetts

If you are interested in attending or hosting a Family Connections event in your area, please contact Diane Kwong-Shah at

Come build Family Connections with other CHSC families and CHSC staff!!!