“We Dig Chapel Haven” Groundbreaking Set for September 15
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“We Dig Chapel Haven” Groundbreaking Set for September 15

Chapel Haven will celebrate the groundbreaking for a major, multi-year campus expansion on Friday, September 15, 2017, 1 p.m. in an outdoor ceremony at Chapel Haven, 1040 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT.

Chapel Haven is underway with a multi-year campus expansion, with the ultimate goal of providing lifelong services to adults with social and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven empower 250 adults with a range of disabilities, from autism and Down Syndrome to Asperger Syndrome, to live independent and self-determinted lives.

“We Dig Chapel Haven” will include 200-plus Chapel Haven adults, families, friends and remarks from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Alderman Richard Furlow and Chapel Haven President Michael Storz, along with parents and adults. All attendees will sign a ceremonial beam and tour the construction.

“I am so proud of Chapel Haven’s founding in 1972. We were the first agency of our kind to champion the idea that adults with disabilities can gain independence and live happy, productive lives,” Storz said. “With the expert help of SLAM architects and our building team, we are poised to become a pioneer once again with the planned addition of aging services and a complete transformation of our campus.”

Phase One of the project consists of construction of three new buildings, including a 32,500 SF building to house the REACH program, a new, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to aging services, allowing senior members of the community to continue living among friends and with independence, and a new welcome center.

The project is being designed by S/L/A/M Collaborative & S/L/A/M Construction Services and owner’s representative 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 www.chapelhaven.org.


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