Regeneron CEO Len Schleifer and his wife Harriet Schleifer (in photo), Chappaqua residents, have donated $16 million through their family foundation to Chapel Haven, a New Haven, CT-based, nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school. Chapel Haven has a mission of teaching adults with cognitive disabilities and social disabilities to live independent and productively. On September 25, Chapel Haven was officially renamed the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center. The Schleifers have a personal connection to Chapel Haven, where their son David is in residence.
Harriet Schleifer is very active within the Jewish community. She is a past president of the Westchester County chapter of the American Jewish Committee and currently serves on its board.
The Schleifer Family Foundation donation will support construction of the Schleifer Adult Independent Living (SAIL) facility, a state-of-the-art, four-story 46,000 square foot residential, community and engagement facility which is designed for residents to age in place. This new building 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. A comprehensive programming process assigned first floor community-based spaces such as fitness rooms, a wellness café, engagement, administrative offices, and a lounge. Upper floors include one and two-bedroom apartments units with centrally located communal kitchens, gathering spaces and terraces.
On Tuesday, September 25, Chapel Haven residents, families and community leaders gathered to celebrate the most extensive campus expansion in the organization’s history, including the grand opening of the new residential and classroom building to house Chapel Haven’s REACH program, which for 46 years has helped adults with cognitive and social disabilities learn to live independently. There were many speakers at the event including Harriet Schleifer.
Chapel Haven President Michael Storz noted, “We are literally transforming our ability to serve adults into their senior years, in a vibrant and non-institutional setting. I couldn’t be prouder of all that has been accomplished to date. We could not have gotten this far without the generous support of our donors, our families and the city and state leaders who continue to champion our cause.”