Life Education Center
We have raised $3,200,000.00 of our $3,500,000 goal.
The Life Education Center (LEC) UPDATE!
We are nearing completion of our Capital Campaign for construction of the LEC. Thank you to all families, friends, businesses, corporations, foundations, and The State of Connecticut who have generously supported our efforts. Together we have made this dream come to fruition!
Presently we are engaged in the pre-construction planning and design phase.
To date we have.....
Purchased a Warehouse Building at 150 Commerce Drive which will be renovated into the Life Education Center.
Hired an Owner's Representative to help us strategically maneuver through this process to completion.
Worked closely with Don Hammerberg Associates Architects to design a participant minded design that will allow for the growth Favarh has been experiencing. We are currently negotiating with the Site and Construction Contractors and are looking forward to breaking ground in Spring 2018!
We anticipate that The Life Education construction will be completed by late Spring 2019.
Favarh's Newest Update
Favarh received a grant in the amount of $1,527,457.00 from the CT State Office of Policy and Management. The grant is to construct a 7,500sq’ building which will house a Day Service Program and Transportation Hub at 150 Commerce Drive, Canton. This building will be strategically included within the upcoming "Favarh Campus" on Commerce Drive. We anticipate that construction will begin in early Spring 2018 as well.
In addition, the Avon/Canton Rotary has made a donation of $150,000.00 to be used for the "Fit Up" of this addition. This wing of the building will be named after the Avon/Canton Rotary.
The Harry and Renee Haag Life Education Center
Together, we will build the LIFE EDUCATION CENTER...an innovative and multi-purpose facility that will provide the foundation for our unique Whole-Person (3 Pillar) approach to programs and supports.
The need for Favarh services continue to grow. Each year, more and more families choose Favarh.
The LIFE EDUCATION CENTER (LEC) is our answer to this growing need. The LEC will enhance our unique Whole-Person (3 Pillar) approach to services...Growing Independence through: A Productive Day, A Place of My Own, and A Healthy Lifestyle.
A Productive Day
Transitioning high school students up to age 21 will utilize the LEC's Tech Coaching Center and classrooms for learning job-readiness skills, functional academics, social skills, and problem resolution. The curriculum will also focus on resume preparation, interview and job seeking skills in conjunction with internship and paid work placements. Through a unique partnership with Tunxis Community College, qualified students have the opportunity to take or audit classes, participate in on-campus activities, and connect with a student mentor. The state-of-the-art Teaching Kitchen and the Healthy Choices Cafe will provide work experience for student interns and a volunteer opportunity to work alongside Healing Meals and their community teen volunteers. All of this and more leads to successful post-graduation placements in individual and group supported employment.
A Place of My Own
The Teaching Kitchen will provide Culinary Programs for meal planning, preparation, and cooking skills needed for living on your own. The Teaching Kitchen will allow us to greatly expand our ability to provide healthy meal options to our residential participants. The kitchen will provide a commissary service where delicious meals can be purchased by clients looking for the convenience of nutritious, calorie-limited, and prepared meals.
There will also be space to teach Independent Living Skills including housekeeping, money management, laundry, safety, public transportation, and healthy relationships in preparation for a successful first apartment experience.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Increased Physical Activity: All of our Recreation & Wellness programs will be based out of the LEC. Monthly calendars will include diverse opportunities each week to participate in a variety of physically active programs including Unified Fitness, Softball, Hiking, Basketball, Flag Football, Yoga-Dance, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Dances, Camping, Walking, and more.
Improved Nutrition: The Teaching Kitchen and the Healthy Choices Cafe will allow us to promote improved nutrition throughout Favarh and the community by hosting public cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, nutrition workshops, along with providing healthy meals and food items for purchase.
Enhanced Emotional Well-Being: The Life Education Center's classrooms and activity space will be used to teach and practice well-being skills including: increasing positive emotions, identifying strengths, increasing positive relationships, creating more purpose and meaning in life, enhancing resilience, gaining a sense of control, setting goals, and gaining self-confidence through advocacy and other group empowerment activities.
Join Our Campaign
A generous donor was so enthusiastic about our accomplishments and our future plans for the Life Education Center that he and his wife provided a 1 million dollar matching grant for the Harry and Renee Haag Life Education Center.
Please consider making a donation today...no amount is too little.
Feel free to contact the Development Department with any questions, comments or concerns. 860.693.6662 Ext. 116