Chapel Haven

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Chapel Haven has been a pioneer in helping adults with cognitive and social disabilities learn to live independent and self-empowered lives since 1972. They have embarked on the largest campus expansion in their 45-year history.

Chapel Haven is different from most post secondary programs and schools because they are lifelong. Adults with a wide range of abilities come to our school to learn how to live independently, and then “graduate” into our community here in Westville with weekly supports from Chapel Haven. They lives no different than their siblings, with jobs, college, apartment living and a wonderful circle of adult friends.

Chapel Haven  started in 1972 in a house on Chapel Street with only 6 students. Today, they serve over 250 adults, both residentially and in the Westville community that we call home.

A couple of factors have come into play that prompted us to expand.

On Friday, Feb. 2, they are cutting the ribbon on a brand-new Welcome Center (show visual of Welcome Center.) that will serve as the new gateway to our campus.

Working with the S/L/A/M Collaborative and owner’s representative Leland Torrence, they are also underway with:

• A brand-new REACH residential and classroom campus that will include apartments, state-of-the-art classrooms and community space (show video)

• And next fall, we break ground on a brand-new, universally designed building for older adults with disabilities so that they may flourish into their senior years in a vibrant and non-institutional setting. (visual of Chapel Haven courtyard)

If people are interested in Chapel Haven, what should they do?

Call our admissions office (203) 397-1714, ext. 185 or send us an email to We have several open houses coming up in the next few months. They encourage everyone to come, visit the campus and meet our amazing adults!

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