What We Do

In 1983 a small group of committed and dedicated community leaders, led by Carmen Miller Michael (of blessed memory), realized their dream of establishing a group home, under Jewish auspices, for adults with intellectual disabilities. When the first group home, Miller House, opened it was cutting edge in the field. The model for many decades had been institutional care.

From CHAI’s beginning, the clear mission was to provide programs and services that enable individuals with intellectual disabilities to live as independently as possible, and to enrich their lives by building relationships with each other as well as with the larger community.

Over the years the organization came to be known in the community as “CHAI House.” But from the start, it was about so much more.

Today, CHAI maintains seven group homes, provides services to individual clients in the community through Wolens Program Services and operates a group Day Habilitation Program.

CHAI is definitely about more than JUST a House.

Specialty Services


Residential Services

CHAI operates and maintains seven group homes located in residential neighborhoods of North Dallas. Residents receive supervision from dedicated and caring staff, according to their needs, in settings from semi-independent to 24/7 care and remain with CHAI for all of their adult life as long as CHAI’s services meet their needs. CHAI offers a selection of community homes that are constantly well-maintained and up-to-date. Our dedicated staff members provide frequent feedback to family members, assist in planning activities, and teach clients how to live independently. CHAI clients are integrated into the community through planned social events and programs. Events in the Jewish community offer even more resources for residents to take advantage of. Miller 1, Miller 2, Bauer, Toub and Yale houses are funded by Home and Community-based Services and three residents live in each home. The Todd House and the Levy House are our assisted living homes and six residents live in each home.

CHAI provides:

  • Room and Board for 27 residents
  • Health Care and Specialized Therapy Assistance
  • Financial Counseling and Training
  • Transportation
  • Dentist & doctor appointments, flu shots, mental health counseling, etc.
  • Synagogue participation
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Social Activities
  • Entitlement Assistance (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security)
  • Organize Specialized Therapies: O.T., P.T., speech, behavioral
  • Supervise Medication Management
  • Clothes Shopping
  • Maintain House
  • Pay all Bills
  • Keep up to date documentation on each resident
  • Family communication and support

CHAI'S Group Homes


Bauer House

Est. 2010


Katherine and Herbert Bauer

Miller House 2

Est. 1983


The Henry S. Miller, Sr. Family

Levy House

Est. 1993


Milton Levy, Jr. and Family

Toub House

Est. 2010


Leo and Rhea Fay Fruhman
Foundation in memory of Lois Toub

Yale House

Est. 2015


CHAI’s first leased home

Miller House 1

Est. 1983


The Henry S. Miller, Sr. Family

Todd House

Est. 1997-98


The Nanny Hogan Boyd Trust
and Dorothy Todd

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Wolens Program Services

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Provides support services for Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI) clients living in residential homes and assisted living. Wolens also provides support services for individuals living independently in the community or with their loved ones.

Specialty Services

Life Skills Training

Life Skills is the ability to cope with stresses and challenges of daily life, especially skills in communication and literacy, decision-making, occupational requirements, problem-solving, time management and planning.

Examples of skills Wolens Life Skills Trainers assist with:

  • Activities of daily Living
  • Grocery shopping
  • Budget/Money management
  • Laundry
  • Social skills
  • Medication management
  • Time management
  • Health & Wellness

Supported Employment

Supported employment is integrated competitive employment, or an individual working on a short-term basis in an employment setting towards employment. Below is a common list of supports offered to clients.

  • Interview preparation skills
  • Resume building
  • Job search assistance
  • Mock interviews
  • On-the-job coaching
  • Long-term job support

Club CHAI

Club CHAI meets monthly for various outings including but not limited to: going out to eat, going to the movies, attending dance events, bowling and ice cream socials. Club CHAI provides an opportunity to meet new friends, maintain relationships, and enjoy quality of life. There is a $36 annual membership fee.

Some examples of socializing opportunities include:

  • Dave & Busters
  • Studio Movie Grill
  • Spring Fling Dance
  • Frisco Rough Riders
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Holiday Party

CHAI Connects

CHAI Connects provides an opportunity for families to feel safe and share their obstacles and triumphs. It’s a resource that provides support, education,  mentorship and helps families navigate through the processes of state agency requirements. CHAI Connects is meant to build long term relationships with family members of CHAI residents/clients and potential residents/clients. CHAI Connects will have quarterly meetings that will include education and support. There is a $50.00 annual membership fee for each family to participate.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Kimberly Johnson, MSHS, Wolens Program Manager
13101 Preston Road Suite 312 Dallas, TX 75240
P. 214.888.4907   E. kjohnson@chaidallas.org

Host Home/Companion Care Services

  • A home-like alternative to a group home available to people of all ages with an intellectual disability, related condition, or both.
  • Daily reimbursement rate based on client’s Level of Need (LON).
  • Supported Home Living (SHL) & Respite services are not offered under this program.
  • Service Delivery: People receiving Host Home/Companion Services work with a service coordinator from the provider and local authority to ensure services are delivered

Day Habilitation

CHAI offers a group program five days a week where participants have the opportunity to fill their day with activities and socialization to learn skills to increase their level of independence.

CHAI provides:

  • Personal Development and Daily Living Skills
  • Shopping and Food Preparation Training
  • Computer Skills Training
  • Life Skills Training
  • Money Management Training
  • Hygiene Training
  • Safety Training
  • Work Readiness Skills Training
  • Field Trips Training
  • Training in Grocery Stores
  • Training in Banks
  • Volunteering Training
  • Physical Fitness Training

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