Chapel Haven Schleifer Center
1040 Whalley Ave
New Haven CT 06515-1740
Contact Information
Address 1040 Whalley Ave
New Haven, CT 06515-1740
Telephone (203) 397-1714 x148
Fax 203-937-2466
E-mail admission@chapelhaven.org
Web and Social Media
Chapel Haven Schleifer Center has built a new, four-story REACH classroom and residential campus.
Mission
Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. provides lifelong individualized services for people with developmental and social disabilities, empowering them to live independent and self-determined lives.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.

Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is an award-winning, nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education with a mission of teaching adults with cognitive disabilities and social disabilities to live independent and productive lives.

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center 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).

Beginning in 2017, Chapel Haven is underway with a $41.5 million campus expansion at its founding campus in Westville, CT that has delivered a new, four-story REACH residential and classroom campus; a new Welcome Center, and, in 2020, the Schleifer Adult Independent Living (SAIL) center, designed for adults to age in place in a vibrant and non-institutional setting. Chapel Haven has also launched the Center for Employment and Service Opportunities (CESO), dedicating to securing meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities for adults.

The campus expansion followed a robust strategic planning process that continues. Continuing the Commitment is a transformational campaign, to raise a minimum of $48,750,000 to double the current endowment, expand employment opportunities, transform facilities, and add Aging Services. The campaign has been met with enthusiasm and exceptional momentum, with $41,000,000 raised.  

The new REACH Building opened September 2018 and now houses our state-of-the-art classrooms, common spaces, and residences.  Construction has begun on the SAIL and Lifelong Residence and will be completed in December 2019.  The remaining $7,000,000 for this building needs to be raised by March 2019.  For more information, feel free to contact Catherine DeCarlo at (203) 397-1714, ext. 148.
The Gardner Family has generously committed a $500,000  matching gift towards Health and Wellness programming for our adults.  Once the matching $500,000 is raised, The Gardner Family will then contribute an additional $500,000 for a total of $1.5 million to be dedicated to Health and Wellness.  The deadline to match this gift is April 2019. 
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 2019
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1973
Former Names
Maplebrook Parents Association
Chapel Haven Apts. Inc.
Chapel Haven
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Michael Storz
Board Chair Peggy Baker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parent of CH Adult
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. provides lifelong individualized services for people with developmental and social disabilities, empowering them to live independent and self-determined lives.
Background

Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school founded in 1972 in New Haven, Connecticut, 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).

Impact

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center has and continues to be one of the world leaders in creating an environment where adults with disabilities can reach their goals. We accomplished the following milestones:

· Developed an assisted living model, allowing for our residents to age in place;

· Completed renovations and new construction to transform our campus into a state of the art facility;

· Launched the Center for Employment and Service Opportunities (CESO) to engage our adults in meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities using a unique assessment tool developed by industry experts and normed specifically for our population; 

· Launched Chapel Haven UArts, an entrepreneurial arts program funded with a state grant;

· Celebrated Chapel Haven’s first author, Diana Bilezikian on her guide “Dear Diana…”

· Developing a holistic Health and Wellness program based on Seven Pillars to improve the quality of life for our adults;

· Expanded communication to include Facebook, e-blasts, and media campaigns, and the Chapel Haven Family Association (CHFA); and

· Continued a world class, long standing partnership with the Yale Center for British Art that serves as a national model for art programming tailored to the special needs audience.

Needs

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center's top priorities are: 

- Creating Aging Services to fulfill our mission of lifelong care;  

· Ensuring every adult we serve has meaningful employment through the Center for Employment Services and Opportunities;

- Transforming the campus to include the Schleifer Adult Independent Living and Lifelong Building;
 
- Creating Health and Wellness programming that elevates our adults quality of life.  


 
 
CEO Statement

Every day at Chapel Haven, our adults are living meaningful, fulfilling lives. They are actively immersed in programs and activities that promote life-skill development, inclusiveness in a cooperative community, and personal confidence – all of which are essential for promoting independence.

We are proud to have embarked on a campus transformation that positions the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center once again as a pioneer in providing the most self empowered and independent life imaginable for a constellation of adults with varying abilities. To date, Chapel Haven is serving 250 adults, the youngest at age 18 and currently, our oldest adult is 66. In a very short time, we have built a transformed campus, that finally matches the standard of excellence our community has set for 46-plus years. Along with a new REACH residential and classroom facility, a new Welcome Center and the creation of a vibrant outdoor courtyard, we are underway with the construction of a new, four-story universal campus that will serve adults through the life span. We have broken ground on a new, four-story universal campus  

There is a tremendous amount of pride in knowing that, in addition to our programs, clients are enrolled in courses at Southern Connecticut State University and others are working or interning at more than forty organizations or businesses in our community. 

Others are learning how to manage a monthly budget for grocery shopping, laundry and personal entertainment, allowing them to be productive in society. In fact, over 85 percent of our students transitioned from our residential program to our community outreach program last year. Our students are traveling to other parts of the country for recreation and socialization, such as Crested Butte for ski trips, Hershey Park, Medieval Times, and a dude ranch.

At the same time, new challenges reinforce why Chapel Haven Schleifer Center continues to seek every opportunity to provide the best possible experience and support to clients and their families.

It is critical that we provide for our aging population, as our mission emphasizes life-long care. The SAIL and Lifelong Building is being designed specifically for our adults to age-in-place.

Chapel Haven was founded by determined parents who fought the odds to create a viable program in a little house on Chapel Street. And once again, we find it is our determined families who don’t want to see their aging adults sent off to a nursing home. They have paved the way for Chapel Haven being an industry leader for the past 42 years and they will continue to lead Chapel Haven into the future.

We are seeing more individuals with more complicated needs that require highly individualized instruction and greater expertise than ever before. One in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Experts are expecting to see a rise in the number of children diagnosed with an intellectual or development disability entering adulthood in the next 10 years. The need for Chapel Haven’s innovation, leadership, and expertise keeps getting greater.

We are proud of all that we have accomplished and ready to step up and do even more! 


Board Chair Statement

I chose to be a part of Chapel Haven Schleifer Center because of my son, Matt. My story starts out in 1991.

“Our son Matthew was born in 1991. He was the fourth child in 5 1/2 years. Matthew was born healthy and happy like his siblings. At age 9 months we went for our doctor visit and the doctor was concerned he wasn't sitting. Matthew has low muscle tone. So off to the Early Intervention Center in our town. There Matthew received PT, OT and Speech therapy. At age 1 1/2 we had to put tubes in Matt's ears. He had fluid in his ears. We thought this was why he couldn't hear. Well, guess what? That wasn't it. So off to Dr. Mark Greenstein in Hartford for an evaluation. Dr. Greenstein diagnosed Matt with Mild Autism and mental retardation. His suggestion was to ‘put him in a home.’ He said ‘He will not recognize you as his parents.’ So home we went crying our eyes out. This was not the chapter we wrote in our book. Back at the EIC center the teachers said no way, do not put Matt in a home. So off to Newington Children's Hospital for another evaluation. The doctors there told us the same diagnosis but with lots of hope.

Thru the many years in our public school system Matt flourished. He started to talk, read, write, and have fun with his family and friends. Matt became a responsible person in society. He played sports, video games and laughed along with everyone else. Yes Matt was delayed in many ways, and very astute in many ways also. When Matt was in high school he wanted to go to college like his siblings. So being the good parent that I was, I set out to find Matt a college. I looked at a few programs in CT.

I went to Chapel Haven Schleifer Center for a tour. WOW!! I fell in love. While on our tour I encountered many young and old individuals with various degrees of impairments. But what I noticed the most was the community of the school. Everyone was talking to one another, helping one another. And I don't mean the staff, I mean the students (or our adults as we like to call them today), were with each other.

We enrolled Matt after his week visit. Matt wasn't too excited when it came time to leave home and go to college. But once Matt was moved in he couldn't wait for us to leave. He was so excited to start his new chapter in life. When we dropped Matt off there was so many life skills functions that Matt didn't know. He could shower and personally take care of himself, but cook?? Clean?? Budget money?? Now that was joke. But Chapel Haven insisted that they would be able to teach Matt all of this inside 2 years!! Wow again!! I died and went to heaven. Finally someone that understood my son and me!!!!

Today Matt has been at Chapel Haven Schleifer Center for 6 years. Matt has been living in his own apartment by himself for over a year. His home is cleaner than mine. He takes 2 buses to his volunteer job 2 days a week. He leaves on the 6:30 am bus and arrives to work for 7:30. He then takes 2 buses to get home. He has been doing this for 4 years. Someday they will pay him. I just know it. But for now he keeps volunteering.

Matt has a job he loves at the Home Depot. He takes the bus to work and to the grocery store to shop. He does his laundry, cooks and cleans by himself. He does receive 2 hours a week services from Chapel Haven Schleifer Center. His support Coordinator helps with his budgeting and just oversees that he's doing what needs to be done. Matt signs up for various types of recreation trips each month. He is very involved with Best Buddies and Special Olympics. Matt is living life and he is so happy.

I know that I owe Chapel Haven Schleifer Center my life, because if Chapel Haven Schleifer Center wasn't there I don't know where Matt would be today. He is a living, breathing, happy and INDEPENDENT member of society today. And isn't that what we want for all out children. If you ask Matthew today if he wants to move back home he says very strongly, ‘NO.’"

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Secondary Organization Category Housing, Shelter /
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
National
International
Other
Chapel Haven Schleifer Center draws families from all over the U.S. and abroad. With an I-20 visa available, families from England, the Middle East, Canada and South America have joined our community. Adults must be at least 18 to enroll in our programs.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
We are proud that for 47 years and counting, Chapel Haven Schleifer Center has continued to lead the way in providing state-of-the-art, individualized services for people with developmental and social disabilities. Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school founded in 1972 in New Haven, Connecticut, 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).
Programs
Description REACH (Residential Education at Chapel Haven) is a core residential program of Chapel Haven Schleifer Center and occupies a new, four-story residential and classroom facility in the heart of Chapel Haven's campus. In the traditional REACH (Residential Education at Chapel Haven) program, based in New Haven, Conn., adults 18+ with mild developmental disabilities and autism live apartment-style in an intensive 24-month Residential Life Skills program on the Chapel Haven campus. They learn to negotiate all aspects of independent living while enjoying a state approved education program and a nationally accredited transitional living program. Upon graduation, they may choose to continue living in the area and receive continued supports from Chapel Haven. Chapel Haven also offers classes, social communication therapy and supported living services for families living within the New Haven area. Information about extended services provided by Chapel Haven available upon request.
Population Served Adults / /
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The long term success of Chapel Haven Schleifer Center's REACH program is measured by the fact that 85% of students who enroll in our residential program choose to stay here upon graduation and live with supports from Chapel Haven for a lifetime.
Description

Building on Chapel Haven’s success of more than 40-plus years as a leader in the field of teaching and supporting individuals with learning challenges, Chapel Haven Schleifer Center recognized that the needs of the Asperger adult are unique and require a highly specialized program to help adults gain competence and confidence in social communication while pursuing college, independent living, employment and a satisfying circle of adult friends. Chapel Haven created the Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) program to help  a growing cadre of adults gain productive, self-empowered lives.

In the last year, Chapel Haven has redesigned the program to offer more price points and choices for families looking for the right next step for their loved ones.

Chapel Haven’s ASAT program is an ideal choice for adults needing:

  • transitional housing with individualized supports
  • Day programming options to support college and/or vocational development
  • Older adults who have some experience with independent living and need targeted instruction in executive functioning, time management, college survival skills, social communication

The programs equip students with a broad repertoire of social competency and adaptive skills across multiple settings with diverse populations while also helping with life skills, college and employment. The ASAT program also offers classes, social communication therapy and supported living services for families living within the New Haven area. Information about extended services provided by the ASAT program available upon request.

Population Served Adults / /
Description Chapel Haven West opened in 2008 in Tucson, AZ and provides residential transition and lifelong supports for adults 18+ with autism spectrum disorders and related social disabilities. The program is a satellite of Chapel Haven, Inc., in New Haven, Conn., founded in 1972 by parents and dedicated to providing lifelong supports for adults with cognitive and social disabilities. Chapel Haven’s other two programs are based in New Haven, CT. Chapel Haven West is a 24-month transition program that focuses in four key areas: independent living, self-determination, college/vocation and social communication skills. Students live in an apartment complex within walking distance a few blocks from the University of Arizona. They learn apartment management skills along with cooking, budgeting, grocery shopping and doing laundry. The program’s close proximity to the University of Arizona provides a rich array of benefits for Chapel Haven West students, including classes, involvement in the university’s state-of-the-art SALT Center and job shadowing opportunities. The 24-month curriculum focuses in four key areas: social communicative competency, self-determination, independent living supports for college and work
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Chapel Haven's biggest priorities are:

 
· To insure every adult we serve has meaningful employment;

· To continue contributing to the limited research available on adults with disabilities;

· Fulfilling Chapel Haven's mission of lifelong care by creating Aging Services;

· Providing clinical services and functional assessments to individuals under the age of 18;

· Positioning ourselves as a learning network, where families, educators and professionals can come to us for training and consult; and

· Continuing to be a supportive community for adults to try, experience dignified risk, and gain the competency and confidence that they can, indeed, live independently.

CEO/Executive Director
Michael Storz
Term Start Jan 2001
Email mstorz@chapelhaven.org
Experience

Michael Storz, President at Chapel Haven Inc., oversees programs in New Haven, CT and Tucson, Arizona, which teach people with autism spectrum disorders and those with mild cognitive disabilities the skills to live independently in the community. Each program focuses on employment, college success, recreation and leisure, social communicative competence, self determination and independent living skills. Michael has been employed with Chapel Haven for sixteen years. He received his BA in Psychology from Providence College and his MBA degree from Southern CT State University.

Prior to Chapel Haven, Michael worked with children and adults with autism in the both the classroom and home environments. Responsibilities ranged from employment services, in-home family support services to providing consulting and coordination of behavioral therapy program to young adults and children.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 68
Number of Part Time Staff 17
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 65
Staff Retention Rate 87%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 19
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 37
Hispanic/Latino 25
Native American/American Indian 3
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 48
Female 37
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms. Betsy ParlatoJuly 1998 - Oct 2010
Senior Staff
Title Executive Vice President, RN
Title Vice President, Admissions & Marketing
Title Vice President of Finance
Title Director, Quality Assurance
Title President
Experience/Biography President of Chapel Haven Schleifer Center - he has been with CH for 16 years.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Advancing Futures for Adults with AutismAFHA Applauds2013
Wellness in the Workplace AwardGreater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2015
Rising Star Award, Chapel Haven President Michael StorzBusiness New Haven2014
Healthcare Heroes AwardNew Haven Magazine2014
Wellness in the Workplace AwardGreater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2016
Merit Award for New CampusCT Building Congress2019
Health Care InnovatorGreater New Haven Chamber Health Council2019
Board Chair
Peggy Baker
Company Affiliation Parent of CH Adult
Term July 2016 to July 2021
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mary AcquaruloChapel Haven
Kent Atkins
Dr. John BilezikianColumbia University Medical Center
Jane Connors
Mary Doherty
Michael Galvin
David Kesner, Esq.Wiggin & Dana
Robert Nurin
Tom O'Neill
Dr. Eugene G SanderPresident Emeritus, University of Arizona
Harriet Schleifer
Dr. Fred VolkmarIrving B. Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics, of Psychiatry and of Psychology
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 13 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 5
Standing Committees
Scholarship
Executive
Finance
Campus Planning and Development
Capital Campaign
Marketing
Program / Program Planning
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Nominating
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
CEO Comments
Chapel Haven's Board of Directors is playing a strategic role in the governance of our agency. They have gone through strategic planning, are part of a yearly board retreat and are steering our master planning with diligent consideration and care. Our Nominating Committee is doing an exemplary job of making board appointments that will support the continued growth and sustenance of our mission.
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $6,767,416.00
Projected Expenses $8,185,108.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 3%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Chapel Haven Summary2017View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$28,012,220$13,175,042$10,942,774
Current Assets$3,405,976$1,323,624$1,566,919
Long-Term Liabilities$824,998$1,282,999$1,175,000
Current Liabilities$3,050,566$1,500,107$998,868
Total Net Assets$24,136,656$10,391,936$8,768,906
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $41,750,000.00
Dates Feb 2015 to July 2022
Amount Raised To Date 35500000 as of Dec 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments Audits are consolidated and include two other supporting organizations to Chapel Haven Inc.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 1040 Whalley Ave
New Haven, CT 065151740
Primary Phone 203 397-1714 148
CEO/Executive Director Michael Storz
Board Chair Peggy Baker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parent of CH Adult

 

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