West Haven

“The founders of Welcome House and West Haven, the Steudel Family, had envisioned that persons with DD could live in group homes or family style homes that replicated as close as possible the kind of living that they were used to growing up.”

West Haven

West Haven

West Haven Foundation was created in 1972 by the Steudel family as they sought a supportive group home for their son Bill. West Haven created Welcome House in 1979 as the operating entity of the organization. Today, West Haven manages a large endowment dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities, with Welcome House as its favorite grantee. West Haven operates with its own Board of Trustees, who serve as guardians of the Steudel legacy.

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) deserve a supportive community where they are able to develop independence and a sense of competence through successful experiences in both their home and community.

Mission Statement

West Haven, based on its founding principles of love, concern and understanding, exists to exercise stewardship of the Foundation’s resources, ensuring their long-term viability to support the Mission of Welcome House and for the benefit of the IDD community.

Vision Statement

Each person with IDD deserves a full and rewarding life, therefore West Haven will support Welcome House and the IDD community in their efforts to enhance and expand person-centered programs.
A Caring Community Since 1972, West Haven Foundation has fostered just this kind of caring community for the clients we serve. In 1996, West Haven’s commitment to these individuals broadened with the creation of Welcome House. Together, these organizations are dedicated to helping individuals with IDD live full and rewarding lives by providing a variety of residential services in an atmosphere of a caring community.

West Haven will:

  • Continue and expand the use and growth of the Foundation resources
  • Encourage the IDD community and Welcome House, specifically, to focus on client’s full life cycle needs
  • Help broaden name recognition of West Haven and Welcome House
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