REACH Bridge Program

The BRIDGE Program is designed to provide a smooth and successful transition into the Supported Living Program. This program is open to recent graduates, as well as clients entering the Supported Living Program from other programs.

Bridge Program Client Profile

New Clients
The program is ideal for newly enrolled Chapel Haven clients who have previously lived independently or have had some independent living training. For these individuals, the program is an introduction to the Chapel Haven and Greater New Haven communities and offers reinforcement of life skills in a structured setting.

Recent Graduates
The program is also designed for individuals who recently graduated from the REACH Program. Each year, Chapel Haven staff may identify a small number of second-year residential clients who will benefit from a year long transition into independent living.

Program Goals

BRIDGE participants live for one year in Chapel Haven owned properties on campus. A Coordinating Teacher oversees students and the Life Skills Instructors provide one-to-one and small group services based on individual needs. Assistance includes help with housekeeping, budgeting and banking, menu planning, health and wellness, interpersonal relationships and community activities. The program emphasizes community integration, creating and adhering to schedules, and social and relationship issues while incorporating life skills training. The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of support needed by the client once he or she enters the Supported Living Program.


Tuition for the BRIDGE Program includes the following:

  • Staff support - Coordinating Teacher and Life Skills Instructors
  • Room and Board
  • Benefits Services as requested
  • Recreation Program
  • Continuing Adult Education Classes
  • Employment Program (Supported or Competitive Employment)
  • Community Life Program


Contact Info:

Christy Chandler