ABOUT US

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.

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OUR PHILOSOPHY

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.

OUR MISSION

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.

AFFILIATIONS
HART United is a member of The Alliance Connecticut.

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OUR HISTORY

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.

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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.

 

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OUR IMPACT

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Approximately 150 individuals served throughout Connecticut.

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Approximately 200 employment opportunities within our organization.

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67 Individuals supported by 48 CCH licensees in 24 towns throughout Connecticut.

DIANE R. TANENBAUM

 

Executive Director

TOM LUPINSKI

Fiscal Director

JULIE ZALEGOWSKI

Human Resources Director

JUDY BAKER

Benefits & Training Director

DAVID PIGGOTT

CCH Director

SUSAN MULLIGAN

Area Residential Director

LAKESHA OLIVER

Area Residential Director

E. CAROL HOLLOMAN

President

ANNE C. LEMIEUX

Vice President

SHIRLEY RYAN

Secretary / Treasurer

ANTONIO CIARLEGLIO

MARY ROSE CORKINDALE

TOM EISENMANN

NAN HOLLOMAN

DONNA R. LEVINE, ESQ.

AGNES J. ORLOWSKI, ESQ.

DIANE R. TANENBAUM

Executive Director

WE’RE PROUD TO WORK WITH INCREDIBLE PARTNERS
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