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West Haven Community House Commemorative Booklet 1941 - 2016

75 Years of Service


From Mary Jane Morrissey, Chairman of the 75th Anniversary   

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Chair of the 75th Anniversary of the   West Haven Community House.  The events celebrating this amazing milestone   would not have happened without the hard work, dedication, commitment, energy   and enthusiasm of all those who made it possible! 

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The Havens, New Alliance Foundation and             The Werth Family Foundation  Our Board of Directors, under the leadership of Stacie Phan             and Ken Prisco  Bill Heffernan III, Chair of the Commemorative Book Subcommittee  Gayle Tagliatela, Chair of the Marketing and Promotions Subcommittee  Stefanie Stevens Seslar, who had the inspiration for this event   Stacie Hurley, our anniversary Intern  Mayor Ed O’Brien   John Lewis  Beth Sabo  Maureen Lillis of the City Health Department  The West Haven Police Department  The West Haven Center Fire District Chief Jim O’Brien and Fire Marshal Keith Flood  Public Works Department  Doug Coulter in the Building Department  Bill Slater from Park and Rec  Chris Carroll and Kathy Hart‐Jones  Patty Stevens   

… and most certainly to the wonderful residents of West Haven and the greater  West Haven community. Since our founding in 1941, the support and  participation of the people we serve is what makes the Community House so  special and an institution we need to maintain, grow and cherish. 

75 Years of Service & Memories - and We’re Not Done Yet! What an incredible year 2016 has been so far, and continues to be at The West Haven Community House. From our founding in August 1941 just months before America’s entry into World War II, the Community House has been serving the people of West Haven with necessary programs, programs that have helped our young people and older citizens alike to have better lives, to get ahead in their education, to be safer when vulnerable and to live more independently and in dignity no matter what their individual circumstance may be. This year 2016 – we are celebrating our 75th year with special events and this special commemorative booklet detailing our history and the many people through the decades who have made it all possible. And there are so many people who collectively are The West Haven Community House. It starts with our founder and first Board of Directors president, Pauline Lang, a social worker who recognized that West Haven needed a central community based hub to coordinate services that were not being provided at the time. Pauline Lang’s story is told inside these pages, but she didn’t accomplish this alone. Our first Board of Directors included clergy and town officials, doctors and lawyers, local business and civic leaders, police and firemen, and mothers, fathers and grandparents all coming together to address our needs – starting with our youth. With funding provided by the Community Chest of New Haven – forerunner to today’s United Way of Greater New Haven – our first programs in 1942 included a group of high school girls meeting in Community Council rooms, a group of boys who called themselves the “Commandos” with its group leader a student from the State Teachers College in New Haven – today’s Southern Connecticut State University – and a group of 30 children meeting in Allingtown. A nursery school soon followed, as did our popular summer camp, which began in 1944 in our own backyard at 227 Elm Street – where the Community House itself is still located today. In those early years, we operated through memberships, similar to the model still used by the YMCA today. By the summer of 1943, memberships totaled 262 children - 187 boys and 75 girls, as well as scores of adults.

The lean war years gave way to the 1950s, the advent of television, rock ‘n roll, teens street racing hot rod cars and that age-old mother’s lament, “I can’t relate to my teenage daughter.” The Community House offered relevant programs for all. But no matter what the era, there were two universal questions that each Board of Directors and our executive directors grappled with year after year, as you will read inside. The first was the crucial question: Are we offering the programs and services that our citizens need? The answer was fluid, and changed with the times, and you will read in these pages that the Community House has indeed provided unique and vital services in our seven-plus decades of our existence. The second critical question and directly related to the first was this: “How are we going to pay for these services?” After all, it costs money to take an old house and to make it safe for children and youth, to run a nursery school, to offer summer camp to youth and families, to provide before and after school services to parents and students and to provide our most vulnerable citizens including the intellectually and physical disabled safe homes and training to live as independently as possible. Inside these pages you will read about The West Haven Community House – YOUR Community House, and the many, many individuals and groups who collectively made the effort, provided the financial support and leadership resources that made us what we are today – the leading social service agency in West Haven. So to all of our supporters today – and many are found within this booklet as advertising supporters – and the thousands of others through the years who helped us make a difference, we say thank you. We could not have done it without you, and we ask that you please join us in continuing to support us and our mission.

Stacie L. Phan Board President 2013 - 2016

Kenneth S. Prisco Board President 2016 -

Saluting our Board Presidents Pauline Lang led the way West Haven Community House founder Pauline Lang was born in 1909 in Illinois. After receiving her master’s degree in social work (MSW) in 1933 from Western Reserve University, she was a group worker at the Girls Service Club in Pittsburgh. She married Otto Lang in 1934, a research chemist, and after a short assignment in Mexico City, Otto Lang “accepted a position as chief chemist” at the Armstrong Rubber Co. in West Haven in 1936. From 1937 to 1941 Lang’s volunteer activities were many, including: acting director of the Speakers Bureau of the New Haven Community Chest, recreational surveyor for the New Haven Council of Social Service Agencies, board member of Farnham House, a counselor with the Girl Scouts, and memberships on the American Association of University Women, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and starting in 1939 serving on the Group Work Council of West Haven. In May 1941, Lang was charged by the Group Work Council to compile a comprehensive town recreation needs and resources survey, which she presented to the council in June 1941, and publicly at a special Town Hall meeting on Sept. 23, 1941. In the meantime, spurred on by the findings of the survey, on August 11, 1941, the Group Work Council voted to incorporate in order to offer increased recreational opportunities to West Haven youth. Pauline Lang was elected its first president. “Our program,” Lang said, will serve the youth of the town, will be free to experiment in order to best meet their needs, and will be directed by a professionally trained person. Lang then spearheaded a $2,400 grant from the New Haven Community Chest - known today as the United Way of Greater New Haven - to hire a recreation director. By the following summer of 1942, 48 boys and girls had been organized into four separate meeting clubs and by the summer of 1943 more than 400 West Haven children were active in programs. Lang continued as the president of the board of directors through 1946, afterward remaining an active board member for 49 years. In 1948, the agency formally changed its name to The West Haven Community House, Assoc. Inc. Lang died on June 9, 1990, just missing the dedication of a new Community House addition. Later that fall, then Mayor Clemente F. Evangeliste, Jr., proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 27, 1990, ‘Pauline Lang Recognition Day.’ “By this action I ask all the people in the city of West Haven to join me in remembering her contributions to the community.” At this publication in 2016, her son, William Lang, still serves on the Community House Board of Directors.


YEARS SERVED 1941-1946

Mrs. Otto J. Lang


William S. Guardinier


Franklin H. Robinson


E. Leslie Beebe


Perry C. Southerton


Gilbert W. Wood


William J. Heinrichs


William F. Gunther


Eugene J. Dorsi


Edward J. Scannell


John C. Ireland


Al Merriam


Ralph A. Paolillo


Patricia Herbert


Gloria “Dodie” Ireland


Marion McQueeney


Charles Wilson


Clifford Altschuler


Eugene McCarthy


Mary Jane Morrissey


Richard Brown


Helen Dorsi


Carole Porto


John Onofrio


Sharon Martin


Richard Bruno


Stacie Phan

2016 -

Kenneth Prisco

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Agency Directors* / Executive Directors * In its early years, the agency’s highest salaried manager held the title of “program director.”

William DeGeorge 1942-1943 1945-1950

Ralph Goglia 1946-1950 Program Director 1950-1957

Sidney Silverberg 1957-1972

Peter Schwartz 1970-1972 Program Director 1972-2005

Patricia Stevens 1986-2005 Assoc. Ex. Director 2005-present

William DeGeorge was hired in the summer of 1942 after the agency’s first program director, Myles McMillian, served only one month before being drafted into military service in World War II. DeGeorge helped the agency increase its programs and visibility in its first full program year. He was drafted into the military in April of 1943, and assigned to the American Red Cross. Charles Wright was hired to succeed DeGeorge in July 1943 and served until DeGeorge returned in 1945. DeGeorge served through 1950.

While still serving as a Captain in the U.S. Air Corps in January 1946, Goglia accepted the offer to become program director under DeGeorge, effective in February 1946. After several years of activities growth and expansion including the popular Summer Camp, Golia was named Executive Director after DeGeorge’s departure, serving in that capacity from 1950 to 1957. He played a visible role in West Haven civic and community activities and oversaw “firsts” in elderly, blind and special needs children’s programs.

Executive Director from 1957-1972, Silverberg is credited with bringing the Community House into the modern era, expanding the program offerings and the facilities to match the needs of the community. Programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities grew significantly, and the popular Summer Camp program was eventually named “Camp Silverberg” in his honor, and he continued as a volunteer at the camp for many years. Program Director from 1970 until becoming Executive Director on July 1, 1972, upon Silverberg’s resignation, Schwartz oversaw major expansions of programs and facilities. He secured hundreds of thousands of dollars both for capital and program needs and “firsts” in this era included our first group home and supported apartments, major expansion into the schools, and the establishment of our Head Start preschool program. He retired in 2005.

Associate Executive Director from 1986 to 2005, and Executive Director from 2005 to the present, Stevens has overseen the agency’s growth into a $7 million agency in 2016. Continuing to refine and improve Children & Youth Services and Head Start school readiness programming, Stevens has overseen an increase and change in emphasis in the agency’s Day and Residential programs for adults with intellectual disabilities: 1) In 2005, the 622 Campbell Avenue building was purchased, 2) in 2014 the SMILE program for older adults began, and, 3) in the Fall of 2016 “The Avenues” opened for the 18- to 21-year-old population, all as the total number of agency wide paid employees rose to about 180.

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ORIGINS In early 1941, West Haven’s probation officer, Eddie Appleton, “reported a shocking 420 cases of juvenile delinquency during the past eight months” in West Haven. This news prompted several groups - including the West Haven Board of Finance and the Group Work Council of West Haven - to spring into action. The Group Work Council, a committee of the Civic Forum first formed in 1939, was chaired by the Rev. Edwin Settle Jr. It commissioned one member, Pauline Lang, to organize and conduct a town-wide recreational needs survey, which was completed in June, and identified a critical lack of programs for youth in West Haven. After several meetings beginning in late June where the Group Work Council reviewed the findings of the Lang recreational needs survey, it voted on this date to incorporate with the state of Connecticut as the “Group Work Council Inc. of West Haven” in order to begin the process of offering services to the people and especially the youth of West Haven.

Pauline Lang is appointed President of the Group Work Council Inc. of West Haven. Executive Board members included: Dr. Lawrence Tierney, Vice President; Frank Smith, Treasurer, and, Mrs. Carl Hartshorn, Secretary.


Community House founder and its first Board chair, Pauline Lang, sitting front left, and next to her on the right is Dr. Lawrence Tierney, a strong agency supporter, at a Group Work Council meeting in 1941, along with other members.

The Group Work Council meets with the New Haven Community Chest, later known as the United Way of Greater New Haven.

September 23

August 25

August 14

The United States enters World War II.

August 28 The Group Work Council Inc. of West Haven, later known as The West Haven Community House, Assoc., Inc., is officially incorporated by the State of Connecticut.

December 31

December 8 Lang presents her recreation survey findings at a Town Hall Meeting before a packed crowd of townspeople.


A total of 99 West Haven residents comprised the official membership of the Group Work Council.



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The Community House Kazoo Band. A popular fellow no matter what the decade.

The Group Work Council approved a recommendation from the Community Chest to align with Farnam Neighborhood House, through which $2,400 in Community Chest funds would flow.


Discussions begin with Mr. Harry Tolles regarding possible use of the Tolles house at 227 Elm Street for an agency home.

February 3

Children in Community House programs donated $5 to the USO, which provided “programs, services and live entertainment to U.S. soldiers and their families.”


January 16 The Group Work Council informs the town’s Park Commission that it was no longer considering affiliating with the town.

December 29

October 25



The Group Work Council held its first meeting at the Tolles house and named it “The West Haven Community House.”

FIRST NURSERY SCHOOL The Work Projects Administration (WPA), one of President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” programs, supports the agency’s new Nursery School with a $25 per month donation.

THE COMMUNITY HOUSE AT A GLANCE IN 1942 AGENCY PROGRAMS IN 1942 • a group of high school girls were meeting in Community Council public rooms • a group of boys called the “Commandos” were being led by a college student from the State Teachers College (Southern CT State University) • 30 children were meeting in Allingtown



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Strengthening the minds, bodies, and spirits of New Haven’s youth The Farnam Community has been a staple in the community since 1909, giving kids of all ages the tools they need to grow and thrive well into adulthood. Beneath the Farnam Community umbrella are the Farnam Center, located in New Haven CT, and Camp Farnam in Durham, CT.

Partners with The West Haven Community House since 1942 Since its founding in 1909, Farnam Center (formerly Farnam Neighborhood House) has served as a “home away from home” for thousands of children from Fair Haven, New Haven, and the surrounding communities. Farnam Center’s multi-purpose facility includes: a full-size gymnasium; arts and crafts rooms; a recreation room with pool tables, ping pong and other games; dedicated homework rooms; youth and teen lounges; supervised kitchen facilities; and more. Camp Farnam in Durham consists of 72 idyllic, wooded acres with amenities that include: an Olympic-sized, in-ground pool; baseball field; basketball court; hiking trails; a pavilion for science experiments, arts and crafts and rainy-day activities; picnic and kitchen areas; and more. Our regular Farnam Center hours are: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays during the school year.

In January 1942, just months after the Community House incorporated, its Board of Directors voted to affiliate with Farnam Neighborhood House, which would act as the Community House’s fiscal fiduciary until 1943, when it established its own direct relationship with the Community Chest of New Haven, forerunner to today’s United Way of Greater New Haven. The West Haven Community House through the years has continued its strong relationship with Farnam Neighborhood House, and for several years the Community House used Camp Farnam in Durham for its own Summer Program.

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“The members of the Community Chest Board were impressed with the community interest evidenced in the program of the Group Work Council of West Haven and with your plans to establish an organization on a sound financial and social work basis, and we are pleased that the Community Chest is able to share in this extension of service to West Haven residents.” Yours Sincerely Ellis C. Marcy, Vice President Community Chest of New Haven Letter to Group Work Council President Pauling Lang May 27, 1943


Due to war time oil rations and a serious shortage of heating oil, the Nursery School had to be closed.


The agency received approval from the Community Chest to be funded independently and to start a capital campaign to purchase the Tolles house.

Summer 1943

Winter 1943

February 21

The agency reached out to local colleges including Arnold College, the Teacher’s College of New Haven, the Divinity School at Yale, and Albertus Magnus, as well as the West Haven Rotary Club for program help.

December 19


Fall 1943

May 5

Agency memberships totaled 262 (187 boys and 75 girls) with more than 350 local youth regularly attending programs, with several being held in two city churches, the Congregational Church and at the First Methodist Church.

The agency’s first female worker for girls programs was hired when Cynthia Mason was welcomed in August 1943.


The horse stalls in the “Barn” building to the rear of 227 Elm Street are sold in order to make more program space.

You can see the pride in our faces.


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Athletics were important and popular offerings, as this photo from 1947 attests.

Children in the first Summer Camp in 1944 were organized into three groups, each named with a North American Indian theme: • 5- and 6-year-olds were “pappooses” • 7- and 8-year-olds were “braves” • 9-, 10- and 11-year-olds were “chiefs” Community House programs in the summer of 1945 included: • • • • •


FIRST SUMMER CAMP The Tolles House purchase was closed on December 29, 1943, for $8,000.


1944 December 29


The agency held its first Summer Camp on the property at 227 Elm Street. Cost per week was 75 cents for members; $1 for non-members. The camp opened with 45 children between the ages of 5 and 11.



Mothers Club (new in 1945) Teen Haven & Teen Canteen Father & Son Group Service Men’s Mothers Club Summer Program

A new nursery school program began, defined as “an educational project to train children from 2 to 6-years of age.” It served 15 children at its onset but its opening was postponed until October 1 “due to the Polio epidemic.”


Winter 1945 October 1

July 3

The agency grappled with the question: What is the Community House? and discussed the need for programs for returning World War II veterans. Also discussed was resuming the nursery school, after school programming, teen needs, as well as possible programs for adults age 60 and up.

A “Teen Haven” group starts meeting on Saturday evenings and attracts 125 local youth during its first two nights.


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FIRST BASKETBALL TEAMS FORMED The agency organized its first basketball teams and hoped to build a gym. In the meantime Board President Lang appeared before the West Haven Board of Education seeking use of a school gym.



SUMMER CAMP AT CEDARCREST The Summer program was held off site at Camp Cedarcrest in Orange with 125 boys and girls attending.

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Summer 1946 Ralph M. Goglia was formally presented as the new program director to the full Board.

1945 Agency Budget

The summer day camp was held at Painter’s Park with 125 children participating, while 154 additional children took part in a summer camp program at Cedarcrest.

Executive Director Bill DeGeorge reported that “at present there were 9 boys clubs, 4 girls clubs, 4 cooking classes and 3 adult groups” participating in Community House programs, with upwards of 550 persons monthly.

West Haven Group Ends Week’s Camping Activities

Salaries: Director: $2,940 Girls Director: $1,860 Secretary: $1,560 Janitorial: $1,200 Leaders: $ 500 Total Salaries: $8,060 Line Items Expenses: Telephone: $ 108 Heating/Lighting: $ 480 $ 108 Athletics: Repairs: $ 300 Travel: $ 48 Carfares: $ 12 Postage: $ 36 Insurance: $ 96 State & National: $ 24 Audit: $ 36 Conferences: $ 72 Council: $ 5 Office: $ 96 Food: $ 60 Household: $ 36 Medicine: $ 12 Shops & Gounds: $ 24 Magazines: $ 24 New Equipment: $ 108 Publicity: $ 36 Arts & Crafts: $ 108 Social Activities: $ 48 Miscellaneous: $ 48 TOTAL BUDGET: $9,597

Twenty-one West Haven girls from eight to 12 years of age (seen above) have just completed a week of camping activity at Camp Cedarcrest. The program is sponsored by The West Haven Community House as a Community Chest Red Feather service under the direction of Mrs. Ruth Scott. Volunteer leadership was provided by three members of the AMVETTS, Ann Naclerio, Mrs. Francis Flood and Mrs. Amy Pelatowski. Free medical examinations were given by Dr. Lawrence Tierney, who has just returned to practice in West Haven after a lengthy tour of duty in service as a Naval surgeon. (New Haven Register, August 6, 1946)



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Nursery school reading time

It must have been a bit chilly out for this outdoor reading session, which some old timers might say was more healthy anyway. This photo was taken in 1947.

Shown above is the actual receipt from the State of Connecticut acknowledging the agency’s name change to The West Haven Community House, dated February 16, 1948. The state registration fee was $5.

Agency name changed in 1948


The Board of Directors and Group Work Council formally agreed on a new legal name for the agency: The West Haven Community House Association which went into effect in February 1948 after the official filing was registered with the state.



The first fundraising Bingo party held at the Community House raised $75. Three decades later Bingo would become a vital source of agency revenue.


February More than 600 boys and girls participated on 23 basketball teams, with Supt. of Schools Seth Haley granting permission for use of the Thompson School gym.





The Community House staff oversaw 16 activity groups that included industrial arts, junior camera club, a babysitter’s training club, and the Gas Hawks flying airplane club that used Painter Park to fly their model airplanes.


As its first decade of service during the 1940s was ending, fundraising continued to take various forms. A “Dessert and Bridge” card party netted $839, while the Rummage Sale made $86.




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The Community House girls softball team, The Comets, shone brightly.

In the new decade, the Community Chest of New Haven continued to financially support the agency with its 1950 contribution $19,750.


A girls softball team was formed and later that summer made the state tournament.


A total of 105 children participated in the Summer Camp, with 49 boys participating in the overnight camp.

Twelve teams were organized in a boys baseball league, which was also granted use of the Yale baseball field.



At the 8th Annual Meeting, the Board was told there were 517 members in the Boys Club alone.

With William DeGeorge’s resignation, Ralph Goglia was named as the Community House’s executive director, retroactive to August 1.

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A Boy Scout troop with 14 members began meeting at the Community House while a Harmonica Band consisting of 12 boys was formed.

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October A regional task force met with the Community House Board. “Sore spots” where more services were identified as needed included Allingtown, and Savin Rock.


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A 37-foot tall flagpole was erected on Community House property and was formerly dedicated on this day, Flag Day. The new flag was donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).


New programs in Allingtown included “one group of boys and one group of adults.


Spring June 14

The Board cited the need for an auditorium and gymnasium for growing sports programs, especially in the winter, and to be possibly located on the Elm Street property.


Mrs. Lang reported that “the Graduate School of Social Work of the University of Connecticut has selected our agency as the first one in this area to receive a field work student for supervision and training.”




May 27


With nearly 500 boys and girls enrolled in activities, the Board was told that more volunteers were needed to accommodate the increased enrollment.

The Community House Nursery School accepted its first legally blind child into the program. Blind since birth, this 4-year-old Park Street resident needed a program where he could acquire skills that would allow him to enroll in the CT Institute for the Blind in Hartford. After five weeks at the Community House, a state worker certified the youngster as having successfully attained certain social and physical skills that allowed him to enter the special school in the Fall.

Charm Group members learn make-up.

CHARM GROUP TRAVELS TO NYC “Twelve teenagers from The West Haven Community House will leave this Saturday morning for a weekend in New York. The Charm Club, a group of high school girls, has planned this trip as part of their total program that includes service and cultural projects as well as social events and talks on beauty and charm. Plans for the trip include a visit to the Radio City Music Hall, an inside view of famous beauty businesses, a ferry ride to the Statute of Liberty, attending the televising of ‘Hit Parade,’ a visit to the beautiful New York Cathedrals, and overnight accommodations at the Tatham House YWCA.” - The Town Crier April 18, 1952

Young girls gather around the May Pole (circa 1950).


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January 29, 1952 - At the 10th Annual Meeting on this date, refreshments were served by girls group clients, shown above in a photo published in The Town Crier on Feb. 8, 1952. Left to right, Mary Daly and Diane Donovan, serving refreshments to guests and Board including Pauline Lang, Mrs. Edward Caredis (Council of Social Agencies), Dr. Lois King, Carol Prior, Faye Simmons and Mrs. Walker Heap (United Fund). Standing are Howard J. Holmes and Paul Elrod.

Fall 1952 - The West Haven Lions Club donated a new band saw for the craft room in the Barn building, and also sponsored a party for 7th and 8th graders at the Community House.

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The West Haven Rotary Club donated a pool table during the summer of 1953, pictured above, and a bicycle rack in 1954, below.

The Board’s Building Committee, chaired by Franklin Robinson, began putting together a long-range capital plan for Community House upkeep, repairs and renovations.



The agency held its first week-long summer camp for developmentally disabled children.

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More progress was reported to the Board on providing services to the Allingtown area, including formation of a youth band, women’s crafts club, hobby club, social club and a planned summer day camp at Camp Cedarcrest in Orange.

January 27, 1954 - The 12th Annual Meeting was held and Ex. Director Goglia reported on the “selfstudy” conducted the past several years. “It was determined that the House could best serve the Community by withdrawing from mass activity and supervising, instead, small purposeful groups with better attention and leadership. The other result of the self-study was to reveal Allingtown as the section in West Haven most underserviced in any type, public or private, of recreational activities and that section where an agency such as the Community House might perform the greatest amount of good with an additional staff worker.” With that study recommendation in mind, the Community House rehired Kenneth Higgs, pictured, far right, to develop community programs and resources in Allingtown. Also pictured, left to right, board members William Gunther and Albert C. Forte, and Board President Perry C. Southerton. Higgs was a member of the Community House staff for three years until he was recalled to military service for the Korean War in January 1952.

The Community House began its “Friendship Club,” restricted for members age 60 and over. The club was formed to address “the need for an organization that would provide sociability for the more venerable residents of West Haven.” Early club projects included making planters, musical programs, quilting, group singing, arts & crafts, picnic outings and playing cards.

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Four blind children were enrolled in the Nursery School program.


At its January meeting, the special guest speaker was Dr. Melvin Wagner, superintendent of West Haven schools, who spoke on the topic, “Coordinating Community Resources for Better Leisure Time Programs.”

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The Allingtown Band

Summer Camp ‘Hillbilly Band’

The Allingtown Band, above, playing in the neighborhood before at least half a dozen onlookers, and below, posing for a newspaper picture.

Many hard earned dollars were raised to support programs at regular tag sales, bazaars and flea markets starting in the 1940s and continuing for several decades.

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Special Holiday Party Performance

The wagons and ‘trikes’ are a little more modern in 2016 at the Community House playground, but the smiles remain the same in this picture circa 1954 near the old Barn at 227 Elm Street.

About 30 volunteers from Yale, the New Haven State Teachers College and Albertus Magnus were assisting with youth programs, with 170 girls, 280 boys and 532 adults participating. The Teachers College sophomores were part of a program to provide 2nd year students with supervised experience at social service agencies.



A Community House girls club met to discuss “The Merits of Rock ‘n Roll” in a panel discussion that included Peter Charles, a local disc jockey. Meanwhile, the Board sponsored a joint meeting with the “Panel on Teen-Age Driving” moderated by Board and West Haven police force member Woodrow W. Wright.


October The United Fund contribution to the agency for 1956 was set at $29,500. Despite providing 63% of the total agency budget, Ex. Director Goglia told the New Haven Register that the Community House would be unable to meet the total demand for services. “Our problem is two-fold. More families are moving to West Haven, and there are both more younger and more older people who want to renroll in our activiites.”

Community House girls presented “The Littlest Angel” on December 9, 1956 at the agency’s annual holiday party.

After school staffing was being provided as available to Noble, Haley and Thompson schools.



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Among the new agency programs was one focused specifically on teenage boys, and another for adults to learn more about town government and civic affairs. Other adult groups included: Friendship Club for people over age 60; Bridge Class; Craft Class, and, a Modern Dance Class. Fall 1956 census: 200 girls, 218 boys, and in the Allingtown area 130 boys and girls.


About 150 Community House children traveled by bus to West Point Military Academy. They visited many points of interest including museums and scheduled sporting events, in addition to viewing a full parade of cadets.


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Teenage girls and Moms: Some things don’t change A lot of mothers are in the dark when it comes to trying to understand their teenage daughters, mothers of several 7th and 8th grade girls agreed at a recent meeting sponsored by The West Haven Community House. Mothers and daughters watched a motion picture on the “Do’s and Dont’s of Dating” at the discussion meeting where mothers announced they were forming an organization to “help teach the mothers how to handle their youngsters.” After coming up with several suggestions, the mothers got down to the crux of the problem, which, they agreed, was the fact that times had changed since they were teenagers. In general, both the girls and their mothers agreed that 14 was a pretty good age to go out on dates with boys. One mother commented, “I’d like to see some of these teenagers 25 years from now when they try to cope with their teenage children and then they’ll know what kinds of problems we mothers face.” - New Haven Register January 1957

What would be a Spring Bazaar without pony rides?

Ex. Director Goglia resigns Ex. Director Ralph Goglia announced his resignation effective October 1 to accept a position in Hartford.



After a request from the PTA at Noble School, Board President William Heinrichs organized a committee and soon thereafter an extension program in the Noble school area was established.

January 2

1959 Fall

August 1

Sidney Silverberg is hired Sidney Silverberg officially began as the new Executive Director of the Community House. He came to the Community House from the Jewish Community Center in Staten Island, New York, where he was its director of activities.

Two teenage couples represented The West Haven Community House on a televised show, “Bandstand,” held at the New Haven Arena on Saturday Night. The hour-long program was sponsored by WNHC-TV.


January 29

October Volunteer service awards were made to 45 individuals at the Annual Meeting, when a new Ways & Means Committee was formed to address fundraising.

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“While we are proud of the increased membership and our increasing role in the community, we must look to the challenging future and recognize the problems to be faced in a growing community. “The Community House must work to understand its role in the community ... as the only agency of our kind” in West Haven. “We must now look to the future in expectation of growing demands, and we must strive for a greater level of self-support ... We cannot rest on the laurels of a successful past, but we must look forward to being ready to meet the needs of the community.”

The Community House staff, circa 1960. “The West Haven Community House, a communitycentered recreational service, is the only social agency located solely in the town.”

- Sidney Silverberg February 9, 1961

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WEST HAVEN ‘This is West Haven’ publication - 1961

The agency begins a formal program for children with intellectual disabilities providing after school social activities.


New Summer Camp boundaries were established to accommodate its growing popularity: all children living south of Main Street to Kelsey Avenue to Sawmill Road went to Painter Park, while children living north of that line went to Camp Cedarcrest in Orange. A camper could attend either site if they provided their own transportation.


November 10

Acknowledging the new addition soon to be dedicated at 227 Elm Street, the month was proclaimed “Community House Month” in West Haven.





Jack Wolfe, a Community House Board member and the head of the Youth Bureau of the West Haven Police Department, made a presentation “of the Youth Bureau’s role in the community and what can be accomplished with cooperation between the Bureau and agencies such as ours.”

Groundbreaking ceremony in 1961 for the main building addition at 227 Elm Street.

Representing another expansion of this program segment, a new activities group was started for special needs girls.

This new ‘Handshake’ emblem was unveiled in November 1961


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Dedication of New Wing - Main Building 227 Elm St.


Sunday, December 3, 1961

Addressing the need for more program and office space, in the Spring of 1960 plans began for an addition to the main house, including a 32 x 60 foot addition that would feature a foyer and one large 1st floor room, with a full basement, separate heating unit and a brick veneer exterior finish. The New Haven Foundation was approached and awarded $5,000 toward the nearly $31,000 total price tag. By the Fall 1960, a 20-year $20,000 New Haven Savings Bank mortgage was secured at 5.5% interest and the United Building Co. started construction in June 1961. The building’s “cornerstone” was donated by the Milici Brothers Monumental Co. and a second $5,000 “capital” donation from the New Haven Foundation was secured in the summer of 1961. A Board “painting party” was held on November 16, just weeks before the December 3, 1961, dedication. At the dedication of what was then being called the “auditorium,” U.S. Congressman Robert Giaimo presented the agency with an American flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Fast-forward to early 1963, the New Haven Foundation granted an additional $8,000, of which $5,000 was applied to reduce the mortgage. Fast-forward again to the Spring of 1967, the New Haven Foundation again stepped in and agreed to make two years of mortgage payments on the note.


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Ball program book dedicated to James A. Walsh, Sr.

A contest to name the Summer Camp attracted 57 entries and the winning name, a salute to American Indian culture, was “Camp To-Cum-To.” Meanwhile, a new policy for Summer Camp site attendance went into effect in 1962, with children through 3rd grade going to Painter Park, and all older children attending at Camp Cedarcrest. Total 1962 Summer Camp attendance topped 350.



The nation including all in West Haven were stunned when on Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas. Out of respect and in response to three days of declared national mourning, the planned First Annual Charity Ball benefiting The West Haven Community House was postponed from the next day, Saturday, November 23, to December 28.

The TEEN program membership had grown to 270 by the Spring of 1963. A Teen Travelcade summer program was touted as the first of its kind in West Haven and was successful.




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Ex. Director Silverberg tells the Board that state funding for exceptional children programming may become available. In September 1963, he reported that a grant of $1,240 from the Health Department supporting disability services programming was received.

With tight finances again crimping the agency budget, in 1964 Pauline Lang began a Board discussion of merging the Community House with Farnam Neighborhood House and Dixwell Community House “under one executive director.” This was the recommendation of the United Fund. A joint meeting of all three agencies was held on Monday, September 28, 1964, to discuss the pros and cons of merger. At that meeting, “those present were strongly against” a merger, which did not stop ongoing discussions, however.



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“1965 is a year which is difficult to assess for the Community House. On the one hand there have been certain advances in program and services which are important milestones. At the same time, we have suffered from various personnel shortages that have affected our ability to improve services.” -- 1965 ANNUAL REPORT


1965 at a Glance ANNUAL REPORT 1965 Program & Membership Census


Nursery School - 67 students in three classes Junior House - 221 participants in 27 units Junior Extension - 173 participants in 18 units Teen Program - 98 participants in 14 units Adult Program - 45 participants in two units Older Adult Program - 201 participants in two units Day Camp - 216 summer campers GRAND TOTAL: 1,021 MEMBERS and includes friendship clubs, arts and crafts, nature and hiking, sewing, etc., plus teen lounge, game room, gym and monthly dances.




The Executive Committee at its May 1966 meeting approved a motion to make a recommendation to the full Board to change the agency’s legal name to “Community Service Association of West Haven, Inc.” One reason put forth supporting the name change was the false perception by some residents that the agency was part of city government. However, during the full Board deliberation, Helen Pinzi thought the new name “wasn’t colorful enough.” After further discussion at the June 9 full Board meeting, the item was tabled. At that same meeting, President Scannell reminded members that the agency would be celebrating its 25th anniversary in October.

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The Board went on record saying that West Haven needed a community swimming pool.


In what had become a regular fundraising feature, color cartoons and short films were presented in two Saturday showings at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Community House. Tickets were available at the door and popcorn and punch was included. “Mothers may leave their children while they shop,” and supervision was provided by Community House volunteers including Board members.


The 4th Annual Community Fair benefitting the Community House was held on the West Haven Green.

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Community Players a hit! “The development of a new adult group The West Haven Community House Adult Players - has had a significant effect on the agency. In addition to providing a really creative outlet for a large number of adults in West Haven, the Community Players through its two highly successful productions in 1965 had a salutary effect on the image of the Community House.� -- 1965 ANNUAL REPORT


A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . E. William Glover Assistants to Mr. Glover . . . . Barbara Racansky Diane Mix Phillip Kelly Connie Carrillo Ann Montano Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . Alfred Tangney Sound Technicians . . . . . . . Andrew Esposito Phillip Kelly Make-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Farricielli Assistants to Mr. Farricielli . . . Marge Oliano Ginny DeRosa Publicity . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louise Mastroianno House Manager . . . . . . . . Marion Martin Program Cover & Posters . . . Al Affinito Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . Emile Matton Connie Carrillo Ann Montano Barbara Barrett Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Ruotolo Emile Matton

Cast in Order of Appearance A Woman . . . Eunice Hubbell . Stella Kowalski . Stanley Kowalski Harold Mitchell . A Sailor . . . . Blanche Dubois . Steve Hubbell . . Pablo Gonzales . A Collector . . . Mexican Woman Doctor . . . . . Nurse . . . . .

. . Marge Oliano . . Nancy Coughlin . . June Carr . . Stanley Bonazewski . . Richard Kosbab . . Steve Gorman . . Teresa Teodosio . . Michael Domek . . Frank MacGuire . . Steve Gorman . . Marge Oliano . . Andrew Esposito . . Leona Fitzpatrick


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Rotary’s Cheryl Milano, left, presents reading Nooks to students in a Community House after school program. Milano is also on the Community House’s Board.

Rotary’s Roland Depew, left, presents a 75th anniversary donation check to Patty Stevens, and agency staff Kathy Hart-Jones & agency Board member Mary Jane Morrissey.

Rotarians Share Community House Memories Roberta DeFonce: “I remember as a college student at Southern working with a group of 5th grade girls at the Community House and making a nylon craft item that we sold for 25 cents. We used the proceeds to attend the 1965 World’s Fair in New York City.”

William Sapienza: “I remember playing billiards on the Community House pool table (ironically donated by the Rotary in 1953). But what I remember most is my membership card was #227, which was also the address of the Community House on Elm Street.”

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The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc. Winter 1986 - With increasing state money Serving Our Community Since 1941 April 1986 - After available for group homes and supported February 20, 1986 - Plans mulling its program employment opportunities for special needs were being made to put the space expansion adults, the Board was urged to consider agency budget on computer options, the Board program expansion. “We started with a for the first time and for approved spending three-day program, progressed to a daily the Finance Committee “to $2,000 to hire a living program that is now full-time, then receive weekly reports” on the consultant engineer started our candy workshop” plus six clients ongoing status of the agency to review needs. are actually running a business,” Schwartz budget line items. Board The Yale School of said. “Meanwhile six others are working at members were told a program Organization and Star Drug” doing piece work. Schwartz aid director in charge of all agency Management was that medium and long range planning for the finances was needed, a hiring retained. TEAM program is needed. completed later in the Spring.


July 17, 1986 - At a special meeting, Charles Wilson was named Board president and after discussion of the building recommendation, the Board voted to expand the front area of the main building including the auditorium, lobby and entrance. Also added would be a handicapped ramp and several bathrooms. In December, the Board was told of a grant from the Carolyn Foundation, bringing total funding available for the Dorsi wing addition to $100,000.



January 16, 1986 - The CAP program’s first session served 130 clients and workers include students from Southern, Albertus Magnus and West Haven High School.

April 17, 1986 - Sonitrol was hired to install a new phone and security system at a cost of $12,000. It was operational in May and a cat set off the first recorded alarm, followed by a quick response by West Haven police confirming the system was working.

Musical opportunities and June 1986 - The Long Range Planning Committee dances were regular recommended a $350,000 expansion plan after reviewing offerings through the results of a management consultant’s space study the ‘50s approved: and ‘60s. sanctioned in the Spring. The Board • an expansion of the auditorium • a 4,000 s.f. Lang building expansion • a change in parking lot traffic pattern

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Anniversary in 19 Agency Celebrates 25th


Silver Anniversary Ball NOVEMBER 19, 1966


West Haven Group to War on Glue Sniffers “Legislation is not a cure all. Practically the equivalent of the New York City Youth Board is necessary to help the type of boys and girls who are attracted to these drugs ... If it costs $10,000 to hire a social worker, this would still be cheaper than sending the narcotics offender to the reformatory.” -- Sidney Silverberg, Executive Director West Haven Community House Quoted in New Haven Register, October 25, 1966




The Community House hosted a planning meeting attended by dozens of organizational representatives where it was decided that a city wide survey would be conducted to determine “existing services, gaps in services and overlapping patterns of service.”


1968 December 18

Overnighters are organized to replace the Teen Travelcade facet of the summer program.

The Community House established an extension weekly lounge program at Bayshore Manor, the housing development for the elderly. The program lasted through 1968.


By the Spring of 1968, the extension program was being run in four schools plus West Shore.


Winter Spring

After being told that the program for exceptional children had “doubled” to four groups, Board members discussed the merits of a expanding the program to include more severely retarded individuals.


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DAY CARE SERVICE NEED IDENTIFIED “The need for general day care services in West Haven has been recognized for a long time ... In the early Fall of 1968 a committee of five from the Community House Board of Directors made its first steps toward the establishment of a Day Care Services Committee.” -- 1968 Annual Report

The new officers who will serve The West Haven Community House are shown following their election at the Annual Meeting. Seated in front row: Mrs. Frederick Kaercher, Jr., Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. John Ireland, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Nello Pinzi, Vice President, and, Robert Carter, Assistant Treasurer. Standing left to right: William Thompson, Treasurer; Edward Scannell, President, and John Ireland, Vice President, and, Sidney Silverberg, Executive Director.

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“Due to the tremendous demand for Nursery School services, and a long waiting list due to a shortage of available space to expand, the Community House in 1968 “split the younger class into two sessions, one attending Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the other Tuesday and Thursday. This gave us the oportunity to take in all the children that were on our waiting list ... In addition, the length of the Nursery School was extended to begin immediately after Labor Day rather than October 1 and continue through the middle of June rather than end on May 30.” -- 1968 Annual Report “One exciting aspect of our program has been the redecoration of the teen lounge held in our rear building (the Barn). Through a grant from the New Haven Foundation the teenagers themselves have been able to redecorate this room and add toilet facilities so that it is expected to open as a full Teen Drop-In Center in April of 1969.” -- 1968 Annual Report


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History of WHCH’s Camp Silverberg If this were a book about Camp Silverberg’s history, it would be titled “Have Camp, Will Travel.” Because we did not own our own camp property, we were always dependent upon using, or sharing, the sites of other agencies. The list is extensive, and includes Painter Park, Cedarcrest, Old Settlers Campground in Milford, Farnam Neighborhood House campgrounds in Durham, the Boy Scouts campground in Wallingford and the YMCA’s campground in Orange. Our camp was truly excellent. Camp staff were trained extensively in the methods of social group work, which was the background of both Sid Silverberg, the former director, and myself. This meant that we were very much child-centered, planning camp activities and programs that addressed the developmental stages and needs of our campers. Our program and staff were good enough that Boys Village, a residential treatment center in Milford, sent many of their residents to our camp!

They planned their activities for the overnight, and would get quite creative planning the menus for their cook out dinner. Smores was always a much anticipated treat at the overnights!

We did not believe the camp day began when campers arrived at camp. We believed that camp began when the campers boarded the bus. Therefore, we became quite creative in planning activities that could be carried out on the bus: songs, word games, license plate alphabet—where campers searched for license plate letters that ran the whole alphabet, from “a” to “z”. The camp was divided into two divisions, according to age. Each division began their day with a council ring, where campers found out about special events for the day or the week, had a chance to raise any issues they might have, and also played games meant for larger groups. Part of the function of council ring was to help the campers build camp identity, as well as to identify with their specific division.

Old Settlers Campground, our camp site in the early 1970s, was basically woods with some clearings. There were no “traditional” camp facilities: a baseball diamond, basketball court, arts & crafts pavilion, etc. That meant that our counselors were trained on how to involve the campers in planning the day’s program. We did a lot in the woods: hiking, scavenger hunts, lashing tree branches together to makes forts. There were also no swimming facilities. We boarded the bus every day to go to a swimming area on a Milford beach. All the other camp sites, after Old Settlers, had traditional camp facilities, including a swimming area, either in a lake or a pool. Our staff structure reflected the social group work nature of our camp. Each division had a Division Head to provide supervision and consultation to camp staff. The Division Head also got to know all the campers in his/her division, and was a resource in dealing with children who were experiencing problems at camp. If two campers were physically fighting, our goal was not just to break up the fight, but to have both campers talk with each other to resolve the problem or issue that led to the fight. The Division Head had a significant role in this process.

Camp operated for eight weeks, divided into four two week sessions. The older division had an over-night camping experience once every session. This was truly the highlight of each two week session for the older campers.

The most significant aspect of our camp was the involvement of the campers in planning their programs. So in addition to the more traditional camp activities -- games, sports, crafts, hiking -- there was the opportunity for campers to express their particular likes and interests, such as specific popular music or drama. Campers could create their own plays, and act it out for the rest of their division. Although most of our school year programs, held both in our building and in most of West Haven’s public school buildings, were provided free of charge, there was a significant fee charged for camp. While a fair number of campers received scholarship aid through the Register Fresh Air Fund, most campers had to pay the full fee. (Continued on Next Page)


... at the Community House Although our fee was comparable to other private camps, such as the YMCA, the camp ran by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department was significantly cheaper, and was one of the reasons that ultimately our camp population declined, and we stopped providing summer camp. Overall, we had provided an important and meaningful outdoor summer experience for many, many years. Our camp provided both traditional camp experiences, as well as more childcentered activities, than most camps.

Sing-Along-With-Us! ‘Camp-to-Cum-to’ Song On summer mornings when it shines Or when the rain is falling We board the bus to come to camp Because good times are calling. Swimming, hiking, arts and crafts Games and cookouts too Songs to sing and Council Ring The camp for me and you. On rainy days we make up plays With such imagination That all the kids who come to camp Create a great sensation. Chorus: Camp-to-Cum-to, come to camp Camp-to-Cum-to, come to camp For that’s the camp to come to.

Camp was for disabled children, too The story of the West Haven Community House’s summer camp program is a very personal one for Jane Chamberlin, who lived in West Haven for 48 years before recently relocating to Hamden. Jane’s daughter, Karen, now in her 50s, has had a developmental disability since childhood and families and caregivers of children with disabilities know it is a “24/7” responsibility - with little respite. Karen has been a client for many years in The West Haven Community House’s Residential and Day programs. And as it turned out, Chamberlin herself became involved with the summer camp as a direct result of her daughter’s care, or rather, the lack of care options for families going back to the 1950s and ‘60s. “I started out as a teacher,” Chamberlin noted. “I was the art teacher in 1974 when Karen became ill. No one knew what was wrong with her so I had to quit teaching ... because I could not find anyone to take care of Karen,” who was in a wheelchair at the time. So Chamberlin’s options were few. That summer, Chamberlin saw an ad in the newspaper where the Community House, in conjunction with the West Haven Parks and Rec Department and the Consultation Center, had secured a grant to “incorporate handicapped people into the community.” It was perhaps an answer to her prayers, she said, “So I applied for the job and I got it.” She held that position for several years, and when the grant funding ran out, then Community House Executive Director Peter Schwartz asked her to stay on. Among her positions at the agency through her retirement in 1998 was to run the summer camp for several years, as well as what were then called the House programs at 227 Elm Street, which remains the main agency home today. “The camp never had a home of its own, but we were lucky to be able to move out to Camp Cedarcrest in Orange. We had 300 kids there at its peak. We transported them from West Haven in buses” and the camp served many needy kids including those subsidized by the New Haven Register’s Fresh Air Fund. All the children attending camp had to be interviewed, and Chamberlin remembers “we had a lot of fun, including overnights. Nobody bothered me out there and that’s why I loved it, too,” she said with a wink. “But many of the kids would not otherwise have had a chance to attend summer camp,” and that fact is among her fondest recollections of those bygone summer days and nights. In fact, in the 1950s and 1960s, the Community House was a leader in providing services including a fledging summer camp for disabled children. Today, Chamberlin’s daughter remains a client in one of the Community House’s Residential group homes in West Haven. She also attends the SMILE day program for adults over age 50, also operated by the Community House in West Haven with a program specifically aimed for the aging disabled population. Recently Karen was able to attend Disneyworld, which prompted her mother to note, “I haven’t been there myself. But it’s a wonderful thing that Karen had the opportunity” for this and so much more due to the programs today offered by the Community House.


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The Board approved the hiring of Peter Schwartz as the agency’s new program director.


The Big Brother program begins in West Haven at the Community House in cooperation with the Hill-West Haven Division of the CT Mental Health Center. Funding support came from the West Haven Rotary Club. By the summer of 1972, the program had 12 Big Brothers working with West Haven youth.


Peter Schwartz becomes executive director effective July 1, 1972.




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July 1

SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS A camp for special needs children was held on the Community House grounds and served 17 children from West Haven and two from Orange. A “variety of experiences were offered” including swimming, arts and crafts, field trips and games. Parents of the children “were very grateful that something was being provided for these children during the summer.”

A “Teen Community Program” began at the Community House funded by a federal grant. Teens were allowed to decide the program expenditures and by the Spring of 1972 there were six Teen groups meeting.

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With the closing of Lincoln School, the youth outreach program serving 60 children there had no home until the community room at Meadowbrook was secured for that neighborhood program.


Among the other active programs in 1974: • Building a Community Program • Glade Street Program • Junior House Program • Retarded Program • Allingtown - Tree House • One-to-One • Big Brother • Therapeutic Resource Group • Learning and Resource Center

The West Haven Yankees, farm team to the major league New York Yankees, raised several hundred dollars for the agency at a ballgame at Quigley Stadium.

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The Tree House program originally targeting teen drug use prevention was repurposed as a youth drop-in program via a grant from the New Haven Foundation for a program worker. The foundation also continued funding the program working cooperatively with the West Haven police department for West Haven youth on court ordered probation.

“The Community House is a vehicle. It is a vehicle for people in West Haven to meet social, emotional, community life and leisure time needs. The agency goes as far as the community takes it.” -- 1974/1975 ANNUAL REPORT

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“We are more a people-focused agency than a service-focused agency. This means, in effect, that our services and programs change as new needs become expressed or as new resources become available.” -- 1974/1975 ANNUAL REPORT

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1) Cultural Arts & Recreation Children & Teens Adults 2) Developmental-Educational Services Nursery School Afternoon Club Program (K-7th grade) Glade Street Clubs Older Teen Club Groups Learning and Resource Center Summer Day Camp Senior Citizens Friendship Club 3) Special Needs One-to-One Program Programs for the Retarded In-School Resource Groups Temporary Residence for Youth Crisis Intervention and Referrals West Haven Emergency Relief Fund 4) Community Organization Tree House Allingtown for You Spring Heights Tenants Council West Haven Emergency Relief Fund Committee Liaison / Resource Committee Community Farm Tenants of Meadowbrook Association Big Brothers/Big Sisters of West Haven 5) Training for the Social Services


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A new program sponsored by a city grant served “30 educable [special needs] children who come to the Community House once per week during school time as part of their school day. The program is planned around life experiences - doing things that [special needs] children need to do in order to grow independently.”


Hartford based TV-3 featured the Community House’s Developmental Disabilities and Day Care programs in a story televised on this date. The agency’s TEAM program was cited as “a state model.”


March March

The Board was told “We have 200 elementary students participating in our after school program. Every bit of space is used to capacity at the Community House.” Discussions followed about utilizing school-based after school program space in order to expand the program’s capacity, with Carrigan and Savin Rock schools the top two prospects.

October 20

Total census for the agency’s Adult Program was 105 in the period September through December 1975. Executive Director Schwartz added that “there are few cultural activities for adults in West Haven,” and recommended that additional services be considered.


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November 17

It was announced that the TEEN program would go to: 1) a recreational based program based in the Barn, where a drop-in center will continue, and, 2) a counseling and educational program with one-on-one counseling, including life skills, CPR courses, peer counseling and career education.

Heeding Ex. Director Schwartz’s call for future planning, the new Long Range Planning Committee recommended that the agency construct a new building to accommodate program growth. Building grants were being investigated. The Yale School of Architecture would design the new structure.

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Mr. Speaker: It is with great pride that I rise today to join the West Haven community as they gather to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of an outstanding organization - - the West Haven Community House. Over the course of the last seven decades, the West Haven Community House has provided invaluable programs and services to those most in need - - touching the lives of thousands and improving not only the quality of their lives but of the community as a whole. The West Haven Community House was a community effort from the very beginning. In 1939, Social worker Pauline Lang, a visionary leader, gathered a group of volunteers to facilitate a series of public meetings where residents could talk about what issues they felt were most important to their community. Through these discussions there came a clear mandate for a community center that would enhance the quality of life for all West Haven residents, and would serve as a hub of positive activities for children. Soon after, a capital campaign was undertaken, a Victorian home at 227 Elm Street was purchased, and in August 1941, incorporation papers were signed establishing the West Haven Community House Association. The Community House has always strived to ensure that the programs and services they offer meet the needs of every community member. Since the beginning every effort has been made to create an environment that welcomed children and adults, individuals and families alike. And as the needs and interests of residents have changed over the years so has the Community House. Teen dances, Saturday cooking classes, after-school activity programs and children's day camps were typical offerings in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Today, the Community House offers a host of programs for children, teens, and parents, and has expanded its outreach to include support for adults with developmental disabilities. Current programs and services include a Head Start Program; before and after school care for elementary school children as well as a summer program; the Positive Youth Development & Kids in the Neighborhood, an after-school enrichment program for elementary school children; and Community Connections, integration day activities and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities.

It is not an understatement to describe the Community House as the cornerstone social service agency of West Haven. Serving thousands of area residents every year the Community House stays true to its mission to facilitate healthy, productive, independent and meaningful lives for individuals with disabilities, and children, adolescents, and families. A leading voice of advocacy and quality care, this remarkable organization has left an indelible mark on the West Haven community. I am proud to stand today and extend my sincere thanks and heartfelt congratulations to the West Haven Community House on its 75th Anniversary. Their good work has made a real difference in countless lives and I wish them all the best for many more years of success.



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Although the location of the Community House Summer Camp may have bounced from site to site through the years, it was always fun!

Nothing like chicken cooked on an open fire, above, at Summer Camp, with BBQ sauce, of course, or roasted corn on the cob, at left. And any doubt that the picture above was from the ‘70s, check out those “groovy” plaid pants, above!

AGENCY APPROVED FOR HEAD START The Nursery School program was said to be losing considerable money and at the September Board meeting, it was announced that the Community House had ceased the Nursery School after being chosen to operate the city’s new Head Start program.




The renovated Barn building was named in memory of Scott Merriam. The Board also decided that any funds donated to the memorial fund in his name be used to furnish the Barn building.

Linda Michaels was hired as the Head Start program director and Michaels would continue to run the Head Start program here until her retirement in 2011.




Board members supported a motion to name the new building being constructed next to the Barn in honor of Pauline Lang, founding president and still a member of the Board.

Fall Head Start officials wanted the Community House program to expand to 40 children, adding that the government will pay program space expenses.

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To facilitate Head Start expansion, government funds were used to increase storage space and to improve the kitchen on Elm Street. An agreement was also signed for 75% reimbursement for program food costs.



To accommodate the new Head Start classrooms in the auditorium, a room divider was suspended from the ceiling.


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Major construction projects occurred in the ‘70s and ‘80s including the renovation of the Barn (bottom right) located at the rear of 227 Elm St., along with the addition of what would be named the Pauline Lang building, which was designed by the Yale School of Architecture. Staff and volunteers helped in its construction to save money.


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To the Board of Directors West Haven Community House Assoc. Dear Members: It is with deepest humility and gratitude that I write to thank you for the honor you have bestowed upon me by naming the new building for me. I am indeed proud of the Community House and all that it stands for in the city of West Haven. It has touched so many lives, both young and old, since its beginning. It has served to meet many needs of many, many people from all segments of our community. It also has served and still does to meet our needs as board members - we who seek to help improve the qualify of life for our families, our neighbors and our community.

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I am grateful to all those who helped in the founding of the Association. I am deeply grateful to the present staff and the dedicated members of the Board - all of whom are diligently and enthusiastically keeping the spirit of the Community House alive and thriving. Most sincerely yours, Pauline R. Lang May 15, 1980

The refurbished Barn would reopen on this date, when the American Legion presented a flag, which was raised on the flagpole recently spray painted by the Fire Department.


The Board authorized the executive director to enter into a new contract with the state Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) “to provide day care services or vocational services at The West Haven Community House.”

Spring February 29

The TEAM program consisted of 50 mildly disabled adults ages 18 to 73 who met on Tuesday nights where independent living skills were emphasized. TEAM stood for The Exceptional Adult Mini-community. The program included day trips to various destinations.

The Head Start program expanded from 40 to 60 children this Fall. There remained some concern that the Elm Street facilities could not realistically accommodate all 60 children.


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WHERF continued to have financial troubles. The program would be renamed WHEAT (West Haven Emergency Assistance Program) in early 1981 and was still sponsored by the West Haven Clergy Association. However, since WHERF’s founding, the Community House had been providing office and food storage space under the general supervision of the Community House’s executive director. However, the agency now needed the space for its own programs and WHERF would need to relocate.



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A New Haven resident with two special needs daughters “is seeking to open a group home in West Haven ... and the Community House is working with him,” the Board was informed.


An addition to the Barn was planned for program storage space. Meanwhile, CHYP formerly the TEEN program - continued to use space in the Lang building for its afternoon program, after the same space was used in the morning by a Head Start class.

Fall Winter

Bingo Committee Chair Jerry Biondi presented to the agency an $85,000 check including the $40,000 in matching funds from the New Haven Foundation. The check was made payable to the New Haven Savings Bank toward the Lang building mortgage. Since its inception in 1980, the Bingo Committee had raised on its own more than $72,000 in revenue.


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January 21

Head Start enrollment rose to 90 children The city of New Haven recommended that in September, up from 60 the past school West Haven Head Start operate as a standyear. The program began using the Barn alone program. At that time, West Haven and Lower Lang for two classes, bringing Head Start was funded via the New Haven classroom totals to four including the two program. So, in the Fall of 1982, efforts began classrooms located in the main building. to effect that change.

The agency and its special needs TEAM clients were offered an opportunity to operate a gift shop and food concession at the Branford Trolley Museum. The Board approved and clients and staff began working at the gift shop later in the Spring 1983.

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SPECIAL NEEDS ‘GROUP HOME’ CONCEPT IS INTRODUCED FOR WEST HAVEN The Corporation for Independent Living (CIL) was introduced to the Community House Board in June 1983 as a private group that helped agencies start group homes for adults with special needs. The state was under fire for operating substandard residential operations at Mansfield Training School and in Southbury for persons with disabilities. In January 1984, after much debate and planning, the Community House Board voted to proceed with the CIL plan to operate a group home. In the Spring of 1984, CIL purchased the house and property at 228 Elm Street directly across the street from the “Community House” at 227 Elm Street. The state then approved the site for the location of a group home. The Board then approved a lease agreement with CIL to operate the home and the immediate neighbors were introduced to the group home concept. In the third week of August 1984, the Community House operated first group home at 228 Elm opened with five clients, including two from Southbury Training School, which was being closed by the state.

In the Spring of 1983 the Community House was approved to solely operate the West Haven Head Start program.


The new House-to-House after school program replaced the former Latch-Key program. Students were directly bused from their school to the Community House facility on Elm Street for the after school program, utilizing Head Start classroom space in the Lang building in the afternoons.


June 16 Spring

A common denominator for the summer camps was water, and whether to swim, fish or boat - or all three!




For several years, Ex. Director Schwartz had been advocating for the establishment of the Community House endowment fund. At the June meeting the Board created the endowment and named committee to manage it.

After several seasons of operations, the Board voted to get out of the Trolley business because money was being lost and the overall program was deemed “not appropriate” for our clients.



Spring The group home concept for special needs individuals was introduced, see story above.


The new CHAMP program was operating at Meadowbrook apartments, which provided use of an apartment for the program serving 33 clients, which rose to 40 by January.

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The Community House summer camps offered opportunties to hang out with friends in an outdoor setting, but if there was work to be done, the girls showed themselves pretty handy, too.

With increasing state money available for group homes and supported employment opportunities for special needs adults, the Board considered program expansion. “We started with a three-day program, progressed to a daily living program that is now full-time, then started our candy workshop” plus six clients are actually running a business. Meanwhile six others are working at Star Drug doing piece work, Ex. Dir. Schwartz said, urging medium and long range planning.


At a special meeting, and after discussion of the building recommendation, the Board voted to expand the front area of the main building including the auditorium, lobby and entrance. Also added would be a handicapped ramp and several bathrooms.


Spring Winter

The Board approved spending $20,000 to purchase a 130’ wide by 50’ deep piece of land to the rear of the Community House property. The purchase was finalized on October 31, 1987.


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The Community House entered The New Haven Foundation approved a major grant for the computer age in 1986 with the new Head Start addition of two classrooms and a the agency budget being kept on kitchen, later known as the Dorsi wing. Other project a computer for the first time. In funding came from the State of Connecticut and West addition, new phone and security Haven Community Development funds. Bids went out systems were installed in the Spring. by June 30, 1987, and site work began in the summer.

A state funded addition to the group home at 228 Elm Street was underway.

The new Dorsi wing including a kitchen and two Head Start classrooms celebrated its grand opening.

It was announced that the WHEAT program would be permanently moving out of 227 Elm Street to its new home at 92 Elm Street.

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The Board began planning for the agency’s 50th anniversary in 1991. An anniversary committee was formed and a series of publicity articles were planned starting in January 1991.


The West Haven High School carpentry shop built a shed at 227 Elm Street to store power equipment.

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The Board was encouraged to consider expanding into supported apartments, which the state DMR would financially support.


The Board approved entering into a contract with DMR to operate two supervised apartments, and in November 1992 the agency contracted with DMR to operate Supported Living Arrangement (SLA) apartments.

The creation of a second group home for adults with developmental disabilities was being discussed.




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The TEAM vocational program made chocolate roses for Valentine’s Day, fulfilling 800 orders. The program’s three-year accreditation from CARF expired in 1991, and the vocational program was reviewed in the Fall. It received glowing reviews and accreditation was extended through September 1994 with the notification letter stating, “Everyone involved in your organization can rightfully be proud of the unique distinction of being accredited. This important achievement is an indication of your dedication and commitment to improve the quality of lives of people with disabilities.”

Miles grant helps complete main building project Miles Labs donated $75,000 in the early 1990s to help fund the renovation of the main building at 227 Elm Street. Pictured are Horst Wallrabe, Eugene McCarthy, Peter Schwartz and Joseph D’Arco at the groundbreaking ceremony on July 9, 1990. The roof was donated by Premier Roofing, but plans to finish the second floor of the addition were put on hold due to a lack of funds until the main project phase was completed. However, by February 1991, the Board agreed that office and program spaces were so tight that the second floor needed to be finished as soon as possible. At the September 19, 1991 meeting, Ex. Director Schwartz told the Board that the conditions of the Kresge Foundation challenge grant had been met and that the agency would receive $75,000. The Board also approved two mortgage loans of $150,000 and $155,000 to cover the remainder of construction costs. Biondi building dedication was held on June 4, 1992.


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Agency celebrates its ‘Golden’ 50th anniversary in 1991 “It is my distrinct pleasure to serve as President of the Board of Directors during the exciting milestone year of The West Haven Community House as it celebrates its Golden Anniversary -- 50 years of service to our community! “Over the past 50 years, the Community House has been many things to many people; changing as the needs change. “I am proud of everyone involved with The West Haven Community House. All of our programs are of the highest quality, receiving accreditations and accolades from numerous professional organizations and individuals.” - Eugene F. McCarthy President, Board of Directors 1991

The Campaign for Kids playground fundraising campaign kicked off in 1991. Its goal was to raise funds to build a new playground to the rear of the property at 227 Elm St. for older children in the before and after school program. A portion of the funds raised were used to purchase the rear adjacent lot facing Wood St. where an older deteriorated structure was razed to make way for the playground. Major funders included the Carolyn Foundation and the city’s Community Development Block Grant program.



January 23

NEW MISSION STATEMENT Adopted April 23, 1992 The West Haven Community House is a private, not-for-profit agency. The purpose of the organization is to offer programs and services intended to help individuals and families cope with living in current society; to encourage individual development and positive group relationships, and, to advocate for positive societal change.



BOARD REORGANIZES AGENCY STRUCTURE Upon recommendation of the Personnel Committee, the Board voted to reorganize the staff and program structure of the agency into three divisions: 1) Head Start, 2) Children & Youth Services, and, 3) Developmentally Disabled Adults. It became effective July 1, 1992.

The Board was told that interior completion of the main (Biondi) building’s 2nd floor would cost $130,000 including air conditioning and furnishings. A total of 12 offices were created and completed in October 1992.


April 23 School age day care had 170 clients at five sites - two sites at Community House, and one each at Thompson, Washington and Savin Rock schools.



February 20 The ParenTEEN program had 24 in the program, referred by the school system and Visiting Nurses Association.


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Head Start was looking for volunteers to read to children, as shown in the picture, above. The 1992-93 program year census grew to 132 children.



A state requirement that all children transported to or from school be done on school buses was discussed. The agency was using its vans for such purposes. A transportation coordinator position was built into the agency budget and three buses were purchased by the Fall of 1994.


Fall The Board entered into an agreement to associate with The Kennedy Center of Bridgeport to analyze and improve the disabled population services and to locate and train a director for the program.


Program Committee Chair Helen Dorsi formally recommended that the Board approve expansion of both the Community Living Arrangement group home (CLA) and Supported Living Arrangement apartments (SLA). After considerable discussion of the impacts programmatically and financially, the Board voted to move forward with an application to the state DMR.


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October 20

The Board approved a “Special Policy on Accessibility” to “advocate for the needs of the disabled in the community.” A committee was formed and began meeting in September 1994. At the same time, the agency and Board were taking a greater role in helping the Special Olympics movement during the summers of 1994 and 1995.

The Board hosted a meeting of regional panelists to discuss the needs of children in West Haven and among the presenters was Carole Porto, regional director of the state Department of Children & Families. Three years later in 1997, Porto would become a Community House Board member and in 1999 its president and still serves in 2016.

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Supported employment opportunities, above, was a major program focus in the 1990s. Of course, just having fun at special events and activities, two middle pictures and top right, remain a big part of the Community Connections programs today.

Early in 1995, plans to lease a two-family house at 40-42 Wood Street for a CLA group home were reviewed. The home was occupied on May 1, 1995. The residents of the Wood Street group home as seen in 2009, above.



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In the mid-1990s, the ParentTEEN program suffered a financial setback due to a federal funding cut. The program was able to survive with funding from the state Department of Children & Families (DCF), the March of Dimes, United Way and the Family Resource Center.


The Board mulled an option to move the TEAM vocational program into the community to make room for additional Head Start space. One option was the Armstrong building, where the vocational program moved to on July 29, 1996.



The agency’s Head Start program funding was in limbo after the federal government was shut down two times in November 1994 and again in December-January 1995.


Fall The agency was informed it would have to purchase Wood Street in order to continue the program. Upon the recommendation of Ex. Director Schwartz - and after a meeting with state officials the Board voted to purchase the home.

March 28


CARF visited the TEAM employment training program and awarded a new accreditation for three years through 2000. At that time, 49 adults were receiving vocational, social and behavioral programming.



Winter ‘99



Early 1996 A $188,000 juvenile justice grant was awarded to the City of West Haven, which was written by Ex. Director Schwartz and administered by the Community House.


Children & Youth programs had 12 staff and four main program areas: Family Resource Center, ParenTEEN, Project Teen Community, and Juvenile Justice Center, functioning since mid-1996 and dealing with youth in trouble with the law and courts.

Renting space at 429 Campbell Avenue for the TEAM employment & training program was approved and operational in early 1999.

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The first annual Gene McCarthy golf tournament was held at Grassy Hill CC, with the banquet at Savin Rock Conference Center. The event netted $8,000 with 100 golfers and would continue as a major fundraiser through 2011.


After a presentation by the Residential program director, the Board voted to move two group home clients into their own supported apartments (SLA – Supported Living Arrangement).

September ENDOWMENT SINKS WITH MARKETS The Endowment Fund had grown from $141,112 in early 2000 to $172,793 in June. However, the “” downturn in the stock market saw its value fall by December 31, 2000, to $153,764.

At a Special Meeting, the Board voted to purchase and renovate a home on Savin Avenue for the Residential program. A three-family house had become available that would fit the needs of the residential program.


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October 18


2002 August 15

The new Strategic Plan “to inform all significant decisions” of the agency was formally adopted by a Board vote on September 20, 2001, and covered the period October 1, 2001 through June 30, 2004.

Agency programs in operation included: Residential, TEC-Vocational, Head Start, School Age Childcare, Positive Youth Development enrichment program, ParenTEEN and Juvenile Justice Center.

Property purchase enables playground expansion Property of .75 acres, including a four-family home, located at 206 Wood Street to the rear of the Community House’s main campus on Elm Street was in foreclosure. In the Fall of 1997, a Board committee was formed to research the feasibility of its purchase. The committee determined that the house was a “tear-down” and that it was best to “wait and see” what happens. Nearly two years later in September 1999, Board member Ken Ginsberg said that the property could be purchased for $32,500. Funds raised for this purchase rose to $22,000 by the time of closing in the Fall of 1999. In November 1999 a new committee was formed to review possible site uses and decided in early 2000 to construct a park. The city approved $25,000 in Community Development funding to clear the site and in March, it was announced that the Joseph F. Kelly Co. was advising on its development. City Point Construction was then hired for the demolition. After the city funded a boundary survey and cut down trees on the site, in the Spring of 2002, playground designs were presented to the Board. The Wood Street playground would include a basketball court with two hoops, benches, overhead structure and a pavilion to accommodate two after school classes on site at the time. Meanwhile, the Barn building playground would see the removal of an old play structure and its replacement with all new slide and balance beam. The playground parcels could accommodate up to 100 Head Start children, including a rear yard six-foot-wide oval bike path, swings and other play structures. The first phase of installation was completed by the Spring of 2003, with full completion soon thereafter.



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“... Today the Community House offers a host of programs for children, teens and parents, and has expanded its outreach to include support for adults with developmental disabilities. “New buildings have been added to the back of the property [at 227 Elm St.] and a new play space is under construction, which will extend the facility all the way to Wood Street. “As significantly, the reach of the Community House extends far beyond the boundaries of 227 Elm Street. Training and employment

“What really lifts me up is not what this organization does - and we do a tremendous amount - but what we have the potential to do,” Executive Director Peter Schwartz said. “For 60 years now the Community House has changed along with West Haven, so that we continue to provide much-needed services that make a big and positive impact in the lives of this community.”

WEST HAVEN VOICE October 4, 2001

Students in the Carrigan Program in 2009. The conference room area in the main building was expanded and kitchen updated to accommodate larger Bingo game patrons.


The flagpole was installed in February 2002 and officially dedicated on Flag Day, June 14, 2002 in memory of all deceased members of the Board.

West Haven News cites Helen Dorsi Helen V. Dorsi has found a way to carry on the family tradition and help her community at the same time. As president of the Board of Directors at the West Haven Community House, she continues to be an active part of promoting the betterment of West Haven, something her family has been involved in for more than 40 years. Dorsi’s late husband was the president in 1962 and all four of her children have been part of the Community House. Her youngest son, Paul, is now a member of the board. “We’ve watched it grow,” said Dorsi. “It’s been such a part of our family and of West Haven for so many years.” - The West Haven News September 28, 2001

Fall Fall

Fall A reorganization of the TEC and Residential programs to include a Developmental Disabilities Director was approved. The program had grown to an $1.8 million, 24/7 operation “with complex paperwork and regulatory requirements.”

Ex. Director Schwartz added later in the meeting, “We are entering an extra-challenging time due to the horrendous events of last week.” A minute of silence was held for all firemen, police, volunteers and families affected by the tragic events.

TEC employers were declining in numbers, but still included the restaurants Olive Garden, Dakota and SBC, along with food retailer ShopRite.



In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the Staff Council requested permission to erect a flagpole in the front of the agency. The Board approved, with Celia Pinzi donating the flag.

The ParenTEEN program was serving 20 pregnant and parenting teens. Another 25 youth were in the Teen Chat program at Carrigan School.


The TEC cleaning crews going to local businesses added three new clients.




Spring The TEC program site at 477 Elm Street was increasingly inadequate, and the Board was presented with an option to purchase 622 Campbell Avenue.

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Former CommunIty House Board member Paul Dorsi, far right, and members of his foursome at the 2011 Gene McCarthy Memorial Golf Tournament. In addition to his Board service, both of Paul’s parents, Gene and Helen Dorsi, were past Community House Board presidents.



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The Head Start pre-school program continued to grow through the 1980s through the 2000s, with the census rising to more than 100 3- and 4-year-olds in the 1985-86 school year, rising again to 163 in the 2000s.

The Residential program grew to 17 clients.

A creative project for this 2008 Head Start class.

For the 2005-2006 school year, Head Start based at 227 Elm with nine classes held in seven classrooms including the two renovated Biondi building classrooms served 163 students.

2004 December


November The Board met in Executive Session to discuss the replacement for the retiring executive director and decided to promote associate executive director, Patty Stevens, effective July 1, 2005.

The agency ceased providing Head Start bus transportation to cut costs.

September 30


September The SACC program was located in five elementary schools including Forest School.


Fall The agency closes on its purchase of 622 Campbell Avenue, the new home for its Day services program.

For several decades, the Community House has marched in the Annual Memorial Day Parade. At left, our 2001 contingent.


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SCHWARTZ RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS Executive Director Peter Schwartz retired effective June 30, 2005, after spending 35 years at the Community House, starting as a program director in 1970. Under his watch, the agency added significant programs and new directions, including the Head Start preschool, residential and vocational services for adults with developmental disabilities, before and after school programming for school age children and he helped start the Big Brothers program in West Haven. “My job has been to excite people about the vision, about the potential for something larger. I think I’ve done that well.” Schwartz was honored at a retirement dinner June 30, 2005 at the Savin Rock Conference Center, pictured above.

The Board formally approved its new strategic plan through 2009.




Top picture, girls at Bailey School try their hand at flipping pancakes. Below, in a Residential program kitchen, the “cooks” share a moment.

The United Way of Greater New Haven announced that the “concept of member agencies no longer exists” and that agencies “will no longer be funded in the same manner as the past.”



Spring January

May 25 The Board voted to name the Head Start wing at 227 Elm Street “The Helen V. Dorsi Building” in “recognition of her outstanding leadership, dedication and service.”

The KinderKlub program was operating in the Upper Lang, with a.m. and p.m. sessions, and totaled 39 five-year-olds.

As a result of the Strategic Planning “process,” the agency worked with Our Lady of Victory Church and created a new “diaper bank.”

West Haven student accepts Frank Paolino Award at 2009 Annual Meeting.


Major renovations were completed at 622 Campbell Avenue, home to the Day services program.



October Through the partnership with the New Life Corp. and the Coalition for Working Families, more than 400 city families had their income taxes prepared at 227 Elm St.


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Residential program ‘family portrait’ taken of all clients in 2009. Several pictured here have passed on, but each Spring, the entire Residential program including clients, family and staff get together for its annual “Family & Friends” dinner and dance party where we celebrate another year, and also remember all those who have passed our program’s way and touched our lives.

The Community Connections Day program had 80 clients, up from 50 clients the previous Fall.


Head Start program officials reported that more than 50% of the children this school year did not speak English as their first language.



May Fall All School Age programs including KinderKlub would move to the schools in the Fall.

October The School Age Child Care program had record enrollments in September with waiting lists at many schools.

The city’s Community Development granted significant funding toward the 622 Campbell Avenue 2nd floor renovation.




February Estimates to renovate the 2nd floor at the Community Connections building at 622 Campbell Avenue ranged from $88,000 to $125,000.


After several decades of providing vital income, the decision is made to discontinue the Bingo operation effective in June 2009.

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The agency restructured its Residential and Day program services into one program unit- Disability Services, consolidating administrative and support functions.




Fall The School Age Child Care (SACC) and Positive Youth Development (PYD) programs combine administrative and support functions.

The SMILE program in Community Connections relocated to a new home at 840 Boston Post Road. SMILE stands for Seniors Maintaining an Independent Lifestyle, Everyday.



After a lengthy review process, the Community House was awarded a new, five-year grant to continue as West Haven’s primary Head Start provider.


June January

The School Age Child Care program changes its program name to Children & Youth Services to better reflect the overall program offerings.


With the advent of full day Kindergarten in the West Haven public schools beginning in August, the agency said goodbye to its KinderKlub program at its last graduation in June.

The agency begins its 75th anniversary year celebrations with a “kickoff” event including past and present board Board, staff and local, state and federal dignitaries.




January 25 In partnership with the West Haven Board of Education, the agency’s newest program, The Avenues, opens serving 18- to 21-year-olds with intellectual disabilities.

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The Community House Today Head Start School readiness program housed at Elm Street main campus since 1978 With the program in its 38th year here since its founding in 1978, the Community House’s Head Start school readiness program serves 144 pre-school aged children and their families by providing a strong foundation in meeting life’s challenges. West Haven Community House Head Start is licensed by the state of Connecticut. Head Start offers full-day full-year programs on a sliding scale fee basis for the children of parents who are working or going to school; Care 4 Kids child care financial assistance is accepted. Part-day school programs are also available; there is no fee for these classes. Enrollment is open, as available, to families who: • Live in West Haven; • Have a child or children who will be three or four-years-old by January 1 of the coming year; • Meet Federal income eligibility guidelines; • Or have child of the required age with special needs. Children learn through play in a planned curriculum that includes literacy (language, pre-reading and pre-writing skills) art, music, science, and math, sensory and dramatic play. The activities promote healthy development in physical, cognitive, social and emotional areas. The children are offered opportunities every day for individual, small group and large group experiences, both in the classroom and outdoors. Routine health (hearing, vision) and developmental screenings identify areas that may need further support, assistance or referral. Daily meals and snacks provide healthy nutrition. Believing parents are the primary persons in their child’s healthy growth and development, the program offers many opportunities to communicate, interact and advocate for parents. For example, there are educational classes for parents to learn about child development or effective discipline and activities for parents and children to learn and have fun together, thereby strengthening that positive bond. If needed, parents can make use of trained family workers who are familiar with a wide variety of resources in the community. Parents are members of the program’s Policy Council, which makes decisions from budgets to staff hiring.


The main building facing Elm Street, above, and the Scott Merriam Barn, Lang and Dorsi buildings plus the playgrounds extending to Wood Street in the back yard, below picture, comprise the Community House property at 227 Elm Street today. Housed at 227 Elm is the 144-student Head Start school readiness program plus agency administrative offices.

The many happy faces of Head Start

The Community House Today Children & Youth Services Children and Youth Services is a before and after school program for school age children that includes fun individual and group activities, free time, and meaningful learning experiences in a safe and creative atmosphere encouraging personal growth and social interaction. The program is committed to providing quality care that facilitates the social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of children, stressing the importance of individuality, diversity, unity, choice and autonomy. All West Haven public elementary and intermediate school students are eligible to attend with bus transportation provided between sites.

Before and After School Child Care Before and After School Child Care is provided at six neighborhood schools: Carrigan, Mackrille, Molloy, Pagels, Savin Rock, Seth Haley, and Washington and is offered between 7am and school start, and school dismissal to 6pm during school days and certain school holidays. This program is designed to accommodate the different stages of development by providing a variety of experiences to promote physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth, as well as independence that aids in the development of solid decision-making skills.

Summer Program The Summer Program offers child care for elementary school children for 8 weeks during the summer school vacation -- providing ‘peace of mind’ to parents in need of child care, while offering children a great opportunity for fun, recreation and friendship. The program, located at Molloy School is available between 7 am - 5:30 pm and is open to students who have completed Kindergarten through sixth grade during the previous school year. Four days a week the children travel to state parks, museums and attractions. The other day, the children engage in a diverse range of age appropriate arts and craft projects, science experiments, and sports activities. The experienced staff is motivated and CPR/ First Aid certified.


Children & Youth Services Since our founding in 1941, serving the needs of children, youth and their families has been a core offering and key component of our services. The programs have evolved with the times, but our dedication to serving our youth and families remains the same.







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The Community House Today Community Connections Community Connections provides individualized and meaningful enrichment opportunities that increase independence, enhance community integration, and improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. DAY SERVICES Day Service Option (DSO) The DSO program provides positive social interaction and enrichment for adults who do not participate in employment programs. Participants enjoy a variety of individual and group activities that focus on increasing skills to learn how to be as independent as possible in their home and community. Typical activities include: exercise, cooking, finance and budgeting skills, social skills, volunteering, gardening; computers; sign language; safety; nutrition; hygiene. In addition, we visit local attractions including museums, parks, theatre and sporting events. SMILE (Seniors Maintaining an Independent Lifestyle Everyday) The SMILE program is intended for retired or slower-paced individuals who are age 50+. People with intellectual disabilities are aging at unprecedented rates and have unique health and service needs. As health and medical advancements have helped these adults live longer, the focus and scope of our services has evolved to meet the various needs of these aging adults. Typical activities include: exercising, salon days, pet therapy, coffee hour, interactive video games, mental acuity games, art therapy, recreational activities in the community and more.


Individualized Day (ID) The ID program provides services that are tailored for adults who do not attend a day program, but would like a program built to their personal needs. ID is offered in conjunction with our Day Service Option (DSO). Clients enjoy a variety of activities that achieve community inclusion, recreational enjoyment and skill building. Services are provided in their home, nursing facility or in the community. RESIDENTIAL SERVICES The Residential Services Program provides supportive housing, community integration and personal support for adults with intellectual disabilities. Residential clients are provided with individualized assistance based on their needs. Support ranges from help with hygiene, nutrition and other tasks of daily living to assistance with more advanced skills, such as budgeting and social interaction. Residents are encouraged to set individual goals and engage in recreational and social activities including trips and vacations. All residents attend a day service program that provides community activities or are employed in the community. The residential services program includes: Community Living Arrangement (CLA) These vary in size from 3 to 6 residents and 24-hour staff support is provided. Continuous Residential Support (CRS) These are usually where 2-3 apartments are grouped together and staff support is shared between the apartments.


Originally the TEAM program beginning in the 1960s, Community Connections today consists of two separate main program areas: the Day program at two sites: 622 Campbell Avenue, pictured top right, and the SMILE day program for older adults at 840 Boston Post Road. Meanwhile, the Residential program features three group homes on Elm Street, Savin Avenue and Wood Street, as well as a number of supported apartments and home living arrangements.



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West Haven Community House 227 Elm Street, West Haven, CT 06516 Ph: 203-934-5221 Fax: 203-937-9052 2016 - 2017 OFFICERS    Kenneth S. Prisco    President  William Heffernan    First Vice President  Katie H. Farrell     Second Vice President  John F. Onofrio    Treasurer  Jay Brennan    Secretary  Gene F. Sullivan    Assistant Secretary  Stacie Phan    Immediate Past President    BOARD OF DIRECTORS    Paul Bauer  * Richard S. Bruno  Heatherly Carlson  Patrick J. Clifford  Barry L. Cohen  Nancy S. Guman  Mark A. Healey  Grace R. Hendricks  * Patricia Herbert  Audrey L. Jefferson  Dennis E. Kopec  * Sharon Martin  Tom J. McCarthy  Brian P. McLaughlin  Cheryl C. Milano  Tomas Z. Miranda  * Mary Jane Morrissey  Peter C. O’Neill  Frank J. Paolino  * Carole Porto  Ronald M. Quagliani  Steven B. Rasile  Nancy Rossi  Gayle S. Tagliatela  James F. Turcio    Patricia Stevens    Executive Director  Deborah Wright    Assistant Executive Director    * Past Presidents   


Thank you for sharing our 75th Anniversary On behalf of Executive Director Patricia Stevens and our staff, the entire Board of Directors thanks our sponsors, advertisers and supporters for making the year 2016 so special and in helping us keep the Community House the premier social service agency in West Haven.


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