Chapel Haven, Inc. 1040 Whalley Ave. New Haven, CT 06515
We are grateful and impressed by the quality of the people on staff. Our child has thrived in ways he never has before because he is getting the cutting-edge information and education, and skill-training that he requires. This has been a worthwhile and impressive year. The dedication of the staff is outstanding.
The program is individualized, supportive environment, and maintains a strength based outlook, with data collection to measure progress and goals.
The social communication component is the strongest part of the program and the most valuable for transition into the community and employment.
Staff is always courteous when parents call to talk.
The administrative team and all staff are generous with their time when problem solving, and listening, along with being patient and friendly.
Social communication program is successful because it is taught 1:1, group of 4, group of 8 and in the community. This helps them begin to generalize it across all settings of their lives.
The staff is fabulous, they care and are accessible. The social skills curriculum is helpful.
The classes at Chapel Haven West are fun, especially Social Communicative Competency which helps me a lot.
I like Chapel Haven West because of the friends I've made, the staff are nice and I am a University student.
I like the fact that we are all living together and getting to know each other so none of us are completely alone. We always have at least one student at the apartment complex.
I like the recreation trips and learning to live independently. You guys are doing an amazing job!
We are writing to thank you for all the work that Chapel Haven’s team has done to improve the quality of life of our son Josh Santana. All his previous academic life, the school typically provided services, however, we saw little improvement. For a long time we had feared that Josh would always be dependent of us, and we worried about what would happen when we were no longer around. During this past year and a half Josh has been attending Chapel Haven, he has grown as an individual and as a member of a community. For the first time in Josh’s life, we feel that he does not need us, and that if something were to happen to us, he would be able to live on his own. Josh joined the Chapel Haven community a year ago. At that moment in his life, he knew how to do some small chores, but until that point, he had never fully taken care of himself. He had always been too friendly, and because of it, he never went anywhere without our direct supervision. He loved to help anyone but didn’t have good boundaries to be able to maintain a job. He was 18 year old, and he was a good kid. After a year in Chapel Haven, he is rapidly becoming a young man. Right now he lives with two other roommates; he cooks, does his laundry, his housework, and his own groceries. He keeps a budget, goes to work, and is involved in his community through volunteering. For the first time in his life, he has real friends. With them, he goes to town or the movies, and he is in the process of learning how to travel taking public transportation on his own. He has matured socially and emotionally, and all that has happened in one year. Chapel Haven has provided a unique space with small classes and functional curriculum that has allowed for Josh to become independent. When Josh talks about his future now, he does it with confidence. He speaks about what will happen when he leaves Chapel Haven, and he has notified us that he plans to live with friends. He talks about continuing to work, about remaining to live within the Chapel Haven community. Josh now envisions a future in which all kinds of possibilities are open to him; he is a young man with a life ahead of him, and for that we thank you.
Chapel Haven was the perfect next step for our son after Riverview: continued training in life skills, banking, travel, and vocational opportunities all in an apartment setting with great support. We've been delighted with the transition and grateful for the thorough, thoughtful, warm Chapel Haven community.
We first learned about Chapel Haven from our son’s Riverview advisor, Ann Phelan, who was familiar with the program and its strong social communication component. When we visited, we were struck by the quality of the staff and the friendliness of the students. The program has been a wonderful next step after Riverview providing him the opportunity to continue developing his life skills and vocational opportunities and be part of a very welcoming, diverse and proud CH community. We are happy to be a reference and share our Chapel Haven experience with prospective parents.
(Our son) has grown exponentially at Chapel Haven in the Asperger’s program…It’s about his outlook, his optimism for the future, his contacts at Southern Connecticut State University and his willingness to step out of his comfort zone (by a lot). These were things that we did not expect to have happen. Our expectation was more or less that he would complete goals, do the program, follow instructions. But you've allowed much more to be accomplished by his improved self-esteem and ability to take chances knowing there was a safety net in place.
The focus on social communicative competency has meant a world of difference. My son has learned how to listen and, even if he is not engaged, give facial expressions indicating that he is listening. Whereas before he would just walk away, he can sit at the table now at Thanksgiving and Christmas, where there are 20 people at a table, and engage in conversation. Before the SCC approach, her son would attempt to enter conversations by asking over and over, “Do you like pizza?” “He would have zero timing on that. It would be disconnected from anything going on and he would interrupt. As he has gained competence, he has become confident enough to go up to a group, listen, and comment on what is being said—and his timing has improved.
My eye contact has improved. I show interest in other people. I am more empathetic toward friends. I have improved in my ability to terminate conversations appropriately and initiate questions in conversations. I did not know how to add or drop a course. I took the wrong classes and did not know how to ask for help from the Disability Resource Center. I did not know how to watch for cues, which professor I should pick, or who would be appropriate to my needs. Now I am able to advocate for accommodations. I’m able to talk to my professors and access resources like the campus writing center, the technology lab, and career services.
A graduate of the ASAT Program who recently earned his college degree at Gateway Community College and who has had a steady job at Quinnipiac University: “We just see such a change in him. Chapel Haven has taught him to listen and even if he is not engaged, give facial expressions indicating that he is listening. Whereas before he would just walk away, he can sit at the table now at Thanksgiving and Christmas, where there are 20 people at a table, and engage in conversation.” Increased confidence and self esteem has helped Zach live an independent life. “He goes to his doctor’s appointments by himself. He knows the New Haven transportation system better than some people who have lived there a long time, which again, goes back to self confidence. He can get anywhere he wants to.
It’s been a long journey to get where I am now – successfully beginning a career in accounting, feeling at home in New Haven, having good friends, and feeling a lot more confident in myself. I grew up in Santa Barbara, California. Many people have asked me why I would come to New Haven and leave beautiful and sunny Santa Barbara. The ASAT program definitely made the move worth it! I owe a lot of my success to the ASAT program and to my parents, but mostly to my hard work, determination, persistence, and strong desire to improve and succeed. I am thankful that ASAT has helped me prepare for my career, and I’ve had success in jobs. I know I will have a happy and successful career, because I have become skilled in tax preparation, and I have improved my interview skills and success with interacting with co-workers and clients. When I graduated from California State University, I had no confidence that I would ever find a job, and now I know that I will find a job and be successful.
It’s been a long journey to get where I am now - successfully beginning a career in accounting, feeling at home in New Haven, having good friends, and feeling a lot more confident in myself.