Chapel Haven ready to cut the ribbon on new Welcome Center
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Chapel Haven ready to cut the ribbon on new Welcome Center

On Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 3-4:30 p.m., Chapel Haven will celebrate the opening of the newly constructed Welcome Center and continued progress on the most significant campus expansion in the agency’s 45-year history.

The ribbon cutting will take place around the fireplace in the new center at Chapel Haven, 1040 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. Featured speakers will include Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Chapel Haven President Michael Storz, Board Chair Peggy Baker and Chapel Haven adult Andy Auerbach serving as emcee.

Hard hat tours of construction on the new REACH residential and classroom building will follow.

Chapel Haven is proud to be underway with a major expansion that comprises the construction of several new buildings on the footprint of our Westville campus. Phase 1 will deliver this July a new, 32,500-SF REACH residential and classroom campus to house Chapel Haven’s REACH program, which for 45 years has helped adults with cognitive and social disabilities learn to live independently.

The new Welcome Center, also part of Phase 1, is completed and serves as the new gateway to our campus. In Phase 2, expected in the fall of 2018, Chapel Haven will break ground on a new, four-story residential community designed for older adults. Along with apartments, clinical space and community services, this addition will be universal in design and layout, and will be intergenerational, where adults with disabilities can flourish into their senior years in a vibrant and non-institutional setting.

The Welcome Center, designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative, is an exciting and welcoming introduction to the Chapel Haven campus and community. This new addition is punctuated by a curved glass lobby and reception space that immediately draws you in from the outdoor “living room”. A stone hearth and built-in seating are intended to make you feel safe and at home. A gallery for showcasing resident artwork connects to a new multi-media presentation room. The project is being designed by the S/L/A/M Collaborative and built by S/L/A/M Construction Services. The owner’s representative on the project is Leland Torrence.

Founded in 1972 in a house on Chapel Street, New Haven, CT, Chapel Haven is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school with a mission of teaching adults with cognitive disabilities and social disabilities to live independent and productive lives. Chapel Haven has grown to serve more than 250 adults (18 years of age and older) in the residence and the community with three distinct programs; REACH, Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT), and Chapel Haven West (Tucson, AZ). Read more at


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