JCHAI was founded in 1987 by family members of people with special needs. These families were concerned about the gap in services available to their loved ones. At the time, the Philadelphia region offered few options. But these parents wanted more than just a place to live or sporadic help for their children. They wanted to develop a stable, supportive, loving community.
This strong and determined group of family members collaborated with professionals, consultants, and the community to create residential living geared towards helping adults with developmental disabilities to live and flourish in a supportive, home environment. The program has now grown to provide social networks and multiple programs to individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injury and autism. Through JCHAI, families can trust those they love to good and caring hands.
JCHAI fosters a unique setting where individuals are encouraged and assisted to develop their independence and daily living skills, while their lives are enriched with an array of opportunities to be active within the greater community.
Since our inception, JCHAI is proud to have expanded to operate three community homes as well as an apartment program. Beyond that, our home and community-based services now include JCHAI AT HOME, a unique service designed to offer 1:1 in-home supports to persons living with family members or in their very own residence.
Family members can relax and rejoice in the knowledge that their child or sibling has a safe, comfortable home that provides structure within the least restrictive environment possible. Opportunities for cultural, religious, and social enrichment abound within and beyond the walls of the JCHAI community!
Please visit our Services page for more details about our programs and locations. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact JCHAI at (610) 667-7875. We’d love to hear from you!