HART United is a private, non-profit organization located in North Haven, Connecticut. The agency provides support services, in a variety of settings, of more than 150 individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Connecticut. Inclusion and community supports have enabled our clients to become strong and independent citizens contributing to society and the community.
We provide a variety of settings to individuals we serve, including group homes, independent living arrangements, respite care services, and community companion homes.
HART United will continue to maintain a commitment to persons with developmental disabilities, effecting legislative changes that will empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to have more choices and opportunities now and in the future.
To provide support services to persons with developmental disabilities throughout Connecticut and to empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to have more choices and opportunities in the community. The philosophy of our founders will continue…Respect and dignity for all individuals.
HART United began as a grassroots organization seeking to fulfill a dream for an abused and often forgotten group of people. A group of founders led by Dr. J. Lawrence Tanenbaum worked diligently to develop Lawrence Hall, a licensed group home for six adult men that opened in February 1983. As a result of the dehumanizing conditions that existed in the institutions, the group home model was the first step toward community integration in a residential setting.
In August 1982, the founders developed a proposal to the Community Foundation seeking funds to open the agency’s first group home. The agency was granted seed money to initiate this project. Together with the help of the Community Foundation, the Unitarian Society, and the Hamden Probus Club, the opening of the group home was a rewarding and exhilarating experience. Volunteers from all sectors of the greater New Haven community contributed to this milestone in our history.
The first major achievement paved the way for future growth and accomplishments. HART United’s struggles weren’t over. The integration of six women in 1987 into the East Gate Condominiums was thwarted by neighborhood opposition. The next milestone was achieved in a 12-page court decision. The six women were granted the right to reside at East Gate Condominiums where today they share many meaningful friendships with their neighbors.
Our goals for the future include providing an excellent quality of care for the individuals we support and continuing to follow our mission…Respect and dignity for all individuals.
Approximately 150 individuals served throughout Connecticut.
Approximately 200 employment opportunities within our organization.
67 Individuals supported by 48 CCH licensees in 24 towns throughout Connecticut.
Benefits & Training Director
Area Residential Director
AGNES J. ORLOWSKI, ESQ.
TOM EISENMANN, ESQ.
Secretary / Treasurer
MARY ROSE CORKINDALE
DONNA R. LEVINE, ESQ.