Transforming Lives

Mission, Values, Philosophy & History

Chrysalis Center’s mission is to provide supportive services to assist people in need to transform their lives.

Our values are:

  • Human Potential
  • Choice
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Change
  • Communication & Dialogue
  • Collaboration

Chrysalis Center’s Philosophy

The philosophy of Chrysalis Center is based on a “partnership” model at all levels. Clients and staff are equal partners in the planning, developing, and monitoring of care to ensure clients’ needs are met. Staff work in partnership with clients to identify their strength, needs, abilities and preferences which are combined with rehabilitative and health related goals that support individual choice and growth. 

Chrysalis Center’s person-centered approach empowers and motivates clients in their recovery, while allowing families/significant others to have an active voice and role in helping them reach their goals. We believe each individual/family regardless of their illness, disability, or life circumstance, brings with them a host of strengths, experiences, and skills to build upon.

History: Then & Now

When Chrysalis Center opened in 1975, the agency provided support services to adults living in poverty who struggled with mental illness to help them live as independently as possible in the community. Over the years, we’ve grown and changed to meet the community’s changing needs. Starting as a social club for individuals discharged from a psychiatric hospital and returned to Hartford, Chrysalis Center now provides best practice service models, that are nationally accredited and outcome oriented.

As one of the first organizations in the state to embrace supportive housing, Chrysalis Center collaborates with the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), CT Department of Social Services (DSS), and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as foundations, corporate supporters, and private donors to expand its supportive housing mission. We currently own and operate nine housing sites throughout Greater Hartford and provide case management services to thousands of individuals scattered throughout the state.

Today, we also help individuals living below the poverty level and struggling with food insecurity, dealing with substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, release from incarceration and homelessness. Our services have grown beyond community support services and case management to include community employment services, community supportive housing, recovery services and affordable housing. 

We believe that each person, regardless of their illness, disability or life circumstance, has strengths, skills and experiences to build on. We work to offer quality services that respect the dignity of each person and their cultural background. We offer hope and guidance as individuals make choices to rebuild their lives.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International recently named Chrysalis Center’s programs in the top 3% of all health and human service nonprofits in the nation and internationally due to the outstanding care and cutting-edge services we provide.