WHAT WE OFFER
CONNECTING HEARTS AND HOMES
Chamberlin House, Inc. (CHI) manages safe and secure homes throughout the Albany community to meet the needs of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. At CHI, we provide care that is tailored to meet the desires of each person.
Located in residential neighborhoods that allows for full participation in the community; our homes can accommodate from three to five people. Each person enjoys a personalized private bedroom.
For a more independent living alternative, Mitchell Place features one or two bedroom apartments. Individuals sharing units have a choice of roommates.
READ ABOUT SANDER HOUSE
The third CHI home, Sander House, was established as a result of the generosity of a grant from the Sander Foundation.
One staff person described the atmosphere as “beyond family.” He noted that all the residents really like each other and even interact like siblings. At Sander House, our residents are a true “family.”
READ ABOUT CHAPMAN HOUSE
Built in 2019, Chapman House was specially designed with wide hallways and large bathrooms to accommodate adaptive equipment and wheelchairs. Chapman House was named in honor of longtime CHI Board member, Elaine Chapman and her husband Bob who is a longtime supporter of Chamberlin House.
READ ABOUT LEHIGH HOUSE
READ ABOUT DAR'S PLACE
READ ABOUT SCHELER HOUSE
Scheler House was named after long-time CHI volunteer and CHI Past Board President, Karen Scheler. The home was also made possible by the second Oregon Community Integration Plan.
Scheler House has a great backyard that allows residents lots of opportunities to enjoy the sun or even do a little gardening.
READ ABOUT MITCHELL PLACE
Mitchell Place which consists of five, one bedroom and four, two bedroom apartments was made possible by the second Oregon Community Integration Plan and a grant from Oregon Housing.
This is a wonderful option for those who desire a more private living alternative.
READ ABOUT NANCY'S PLACE
ADULT SUPPORT SERVICES
Our supports are flexible and easily modified to meet the changing abilities, interests and unique needs of each person. Services are based on what is important to the person and for the person. Our supports build on the individual’s strengths and capabilities to enhance independence. Each person has an Individual Support Plan (ISP) that guides us in helping them obtain life goals and aspirations.
We strive to provide services of the highest quality and to encourage self-determination and choice for the individual. Our staff provides around-the-clock care support and assistance with:
- All aspects of daily living including grooming, toileting and eating
- Meal preparation, housekeeping and laundry
- Financial management, healthcare coordination, and personal safety
- Maximizing skills, abilities and independence
Health and Wellness:
CHI staff provides supports to promote healthy living and to prevent illness and accidents. We assist individuals to take an active role in their health care decisions. We monitor medical conditions, administer medication per individual protocols and provide in-home care. We assist in scheduling, keeping and following through on all health appointments.
We offer frequent social and community activities. The Jimmy Goode Activity Center operated by CHI hosts monthly special events, birthday parties, dances, bingo, movies and more.
CHI operates a fleet of vehicles that allow our residents access to community outings and appointments. We operate two 14 passenger buses with wheelchair access, two transit vans that can accommodate up to four wheelchairs and multiple mini-vans that ensure we can get everyone where they want to go.
Without the love and support of our knowledgable staff, our homes would simply be places to exist. At CHI, we strive to make sure each individual we serve thrives. And that each day, while they live with us, a new experience is offered to our residents to give their lives meaning and joy.
Our wonderful staff is a big part of what makes CHI so special. The love, respect, and tenderness they show to our residents must be seen to be believed. Everyday these “guardian angels” watch over our residents, making sure they are safe and that their needs are meet.
Here are just a few examples of folks who live our homes and apartments and the personal strides they’ve made since coming to live at Chamberlin House Inc. Their positive testimonials truly reinforce that quality staffing, housing, food, and services can help make an individual’s life blossom.
"This sweet young woman lived with her loving family until she was 21. In October 2014, Kaity and her family decided that she needed to be out on her own so she could be more independent.
Since moving to Chamberlin House, Kaity now volunteers outside Chamberlin three times per week, has learned to dress herself and deal with her own personal hygiene. Daily she beads, works on her math projects, checks out things on her ipad and communicates with her family by texting from her iphone. She’s definitely grown and become more autonomous...even in the short time she’s lived at Chamberlin House.
Kaity says, “I am happy here. They treat me nice. I like my room.”"
"Cheryl lived for years at Mitchell Place (Chamberlin House Inc.’s independent living apartments) but when she found she needed a higher level of care, she moved into Robb House and it seems like it is the perfect fit for her. Lots of positive changes occurred when Cheryl made the move. She gained 30 pounds (she needed to gain weight) and stopped smoking! A huge accomplishment for anyone.
She also participates with the other women in group activities--something that was missing in her independent apartment living situation.
Cheryl says, “I like the staff here, they’re nice. They cook good food. I work on my puzzles. I don’t feel alone. Yes, I am proud that I quit smoking.""
"Crystal needed a more independent living situation; she needed her own private space. Mitchell Place, with its independent living apartments, fulfilled her wish list. For Crystal, living in a group home was overwhelming--there was too much drama and commotion.
“I really like my own space and a space for the foods that I like to eat,” says Crystal. “I leave every weekday to work at Co-opportunity. I also love the trips that the staff take us on--to the parks and the coast. I like watching movies in my apartment and I like playing sports--especially basketball with Special Olympics."
“Staff are nice and the food in the dining room is good too. I am happy here. I like my apartment. I like being able to come and go.”"
"Anna came to Lehigh House as an emergency transfer; she immediately needed a safe, secure place to live. While she has only lived a couple weeks at Lehigh, her smile says it all.
“It is a nice home. I enjoy all the people and I get better food here. I like my own bedroom and I can shower every day--I really like that,” says Anna. “I am happy every day and am happy to come home and see the people who live here. I am going to Disney World in Florida with one of the Lehigh staff...I am excited for that to happen."
"Yes, I am much, much happier here. People are nice to me.”"
"Bill Mitchell Jr. was one of the original Chamberlin House residents! He now is happy to live at Sander House with his other four “brothers.” Bill is a devoted sports fan and has won numerous awards for his Special Olympics efforts in bowling and basketball.
Bill is also a music and movie fan and his room reflects his devotion of cinema with hundreds of movies available for him to watch.
“Staff treat me nice. They’re my buddies. They take me bowling on Thursdays. I like the food too. This is a good place to live,” smiles Bill Jr. as he describes what he likes about living at Sander House."